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  • Medics hone wartime skills at 'Camp Snoopy'

    An simulated explosion greeted the busload of 81st Medical Group medics April 17 as they neared "Camp Snoopy," set up adjacent to the medical readiness warehouse near the child development center. The 26 personnel, all in Air Expeditionary Forces 7 and 8, were taking part in medical unit readiness training to prepare for possible deployment to
  • Base honors top volunteers

    Keesler honored its top volunteers April 17 at its annual volunteer recognition luncheon at Vandenberg Community Center. Four individual and two group annual winners were recognized, and three nominees were announced for the National Military Family Association's Very Important Patriot awards. Winners are: Michele Hirata, wife of Capt. Jeff Hirata,
  • Wing wins Air Force unit award

    Three words nail why the 81st Training Wing was selected for the 2006 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: exceptional meritorious service. The award was based on the wing's performance between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006. "This award is a tribute to the men and women of Keesler Air Force Base who not only have performed miraculously in the wake
  • National disaster managers recognize Keesler medics

    Two 81st Medical Group medical readiness members, Capt. Pamela Brown-Grayson and Master Sgt. Wayne Hanes, won the National Disaster Management System's 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award for Exceptional Service. "Sergeant Hanes, Federal Coordinating Center coordinator, and Captain Brown-Grayson, FCC team chief for one of eight Air Force FCC
  • Union, contractor file A-76 appeals

    Two appeals were filed with Air Education and Training Command concerning Keesler's tentative A-76 decision before the March 30 expiration of the 30-day public review period. The appeals were announced during a town hall meeting April 12 at Welch Auditorium. The American Federation of Government Employees Local 2670 is appealing the tentative
  • Lab tech earns national honor

    Meleta Hand, a medical laboratory technician with the 81st Medical Operations Squadron, was named the Laboratorian of the Year by the ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals magazine. Nominees were judged on leadership abilities, making a difference in the workplace, excellent job performance, commitment to ongoing professional development,
  • Aerospace control and warning systems training Specialists guide ‘good-guy’ planes against enemy

    Col. Deborah Van De Ven, 81st Training Group commander, remembers her excitement 34 years ago upon graduating from basic training and learning about her enlisted career field. "When they told me I was going into aerospace control and warning systems, I still had no idea what I'd be doing for the next four years," she admitted. 34 years later Now,
  • Can you hear me now? Audiology clinic back in pre-Katrina site

    The audiology clinic is open and providing both audiology and hearing aid services in the basement of Keesler Medical Center. The clinic was forced out of the basement by Hurricane Katrina.  First, it moved to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Biloxi, and last August, to the first floor of the base facility. According to Capt. David Eisenach,
  • Lightning kills, safety shields

    More than 100 people die each year in the U.S. from lightning, with almost 75 percent of the deaths occurring in the summer. To avoid being hit by lightning during a thunderstorm, the National Weather Service recommends: Follow the "30-30" rule -- take shelter immediately when the flash-to-bang interval (time between lightning and thunder) is less
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