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  • Keesler's Total Economic Impact at $1.3 Billion

    Keesler's total economic impact for Fiscal Year 2006 has been calculated at almost $1.3 billion. The figure was finalized today as base officials completed the annual process of data assimilation and validation."We're proud that Keesler continues to have a significant positive impact on the Mississippi Gulf Coast's economy," said Brig. Gen. Paul F.
  • Budget cuts -- fitness centers feeling crunch

    With three fitness centers, all personal fitness needs should be met, but budget cuts and manpower reductions can create inconvenience. The Dragon Fitness Center's operating hours were shortened to 2 p.m. before the holidays, but recently changed back to its original hours. "Due to all the budget cuts this fiscal year, we lost three full time
  • Sablich Center repairs on track

    Hurricane Katrina repairs to Sablich Center are about 37 percent complete as the project continues to move toward its April completion target. The $6,265,739 project began in May and repairs damage caused by water intrusion from the roof and windows. "The contractor is working installation of the fire suppression/alarm system and finishing the
  • Deli delights — Commissary improvements total $700,000

    The commissary is expected to open a deli Monday, just one of more than $700,000 in recent enhancements. The commissary has been using the former Keesler Community Center as a temporary store since Hurricane Katrina gutted the previous location. "We've added a new external freezer storage building, a produce storage building, four new freezer
  • Medical center’s cancer program receives national certification

    The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has awarded its certificate of approval to Keesler Medical Center's Community Hospital Cancer Program. According to Trudy Davis, 81st Medical Operations Squa- dron's laboratory flight, cancer patient care requires a multidisciplinary approach encompassing many medical professionals. "The medical
  • Commander's call Focus: Katrina recovery, ORI, A-76

    Brig. Gen. Paul Capasso believes 2007 is going to be a time of unparalleled growth, opportunities and challenges for Keesler.In two commander's calls last week, the dominant issues for the 81st Training Wing commander were post-Katrina construction progress, the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection and resumption of the A-76 competitive
  • Human resource office captures AETC award

    The 81st Services Division's human resource office is No. 1 in Air Education and Training Command for the second year in a row. The office claimed the 2007 AETC Service Program Award. The award considers performance for fiscal year 2006.How the office faced the challenges of Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster ever to hit the nation, had
  • Special deliveries Medical center opens new labor, delivery unit

    After almost a year's delay due to Hurricane Katrina, Keesler Medical Center opened its new labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum unit Jan. 8.The last baby was born at the medical center Aug. 29, 2005, during the hurricane. Originally scheduled for completion a year ago, the unit offers beautiful surroundings and state-of-the-art equipment for
  • NSPS goes into effect Sunday

    Sunday, 540 of Keesler's general schedule non-union civilian positions are transferred to the new National Security Personnel System. Keesler has about 1,856 civilian authorizations. NSPS will eventually cover more than 650,000 Department of Defense civilians. For more information, call June Clemenes, 377-9356, or Gary Schafer, 377-4787; visit
  • Keesler is Air Force's first base with inpatient operations squadron

    Keesler's newest squadron stood up Jan. 11 to join the 81st Medical Group's other five units. The 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron joins the 81st Medical Operations, Surgical Operations, Medical Support, Aerospace Medicine and Dental Squadrons as Keesler Medical Center continues to increase patient services since being devastated by Hurricane