News Search

  • Combat control training -- limitless challenges

    Combat control training students must test their physical fitness limits and mental sharpness to complete the combat control operator course in the 334th Training Squadron.Combat controllers are highly-trained Air Force personnel who complete the same training as all air traffic controllers. Before arriving at Keesler, combat control students have
  • Base officials spell out plan for Oak Park

    A recent town hall meeting provided about 50 residents of the neighborhood adjoining Oak Park military family housing with an update on Keesler's immediate and long-range plans for the area.  Oak Park was slammed by Hurricane Katrina's storm surge from Biloxi's Back Bay, destroying many homes and flooding others. High winds toppled trees that
  • Initial timeline set for building 1,067 base homes

    An initial timeline is in place for construction of 1,067 new housing units at Keesler.The $287.8 million contract was awarded Sept. 22. The target date for completion is April 22, 2010. Michael Watson, Air Education and Training Command housing program manager, gave a briefing on the project at Keesler Oct. 31.The largest military housing
  • Keesler Designated Tree City USA For 13th Time

    Not even Hurricane Katrina could keep Keesler from being named a Tree City USA for the 13th year in a row. The recognition is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The organizations provide direction, technical assistance and focus public attention
  • Keesler Hosts Mississippi Special Olympics

    Back in August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, including Keesler, it seemed doubtful that the base would be able to host the annual event for the 21st year in a row. The weekend of May 5-7 included temperatures in the 70s, very little rain and most importantly for Keesler it featured the 2006 Mississippi Special Olympic State
  • NCOIC of Optometry uses Hurricane fund money to buy clothes for his family

    A Keesler master sergeant used money from the Katrina assistance fund to clothe his family in the aftermath of the massive storm.  Master Sergeant Stanley Hardin, who is currently the acting Aerospace medical Squadron Superintendant, received $500 dollars from the hurricane assistance fund.  Before the storm, Sergeant Hardin, who was then the NCOIC
  • Hours of operation change for three Keesler gates in May.

    Captain David Mays, Operations Officer for 81st Training Wing Security Forces Squadron, said changes to gate operations and hours began May 1 with more scheduled for May 15. Current gate hours are: Judge Sekul - not open. Pass Rd., White Ave. and meadows - open 24 Hours, seven days a week. Child Development Center - duty days, 0530 - 0730 and 1530
  • Keesler medical aid reaches community neighbors in need

    As a team of Keesler Air Force Base medical personnel walked to the doors of a local high school-turned-shelter, a man approached with wide eyes and a huge smile. Stopping a few steps from the Airmen, he raised a hand to his brow and said "I salute you. I'm proud of you all and thank you for your support." Jack Shotwell had been in another shelter,
  • Keesler's International Military Student Office 100 percent operational

    During the 10 months since the International Military Student Office welcomed back its first scholar following Hurricane Katrina, it's trained 101 additional allied personnel under the Security Assistance Training Program. The school is once again 100 percent operational, according to James Cooks, IMSO chief. "We are currently training more
  • Keesler hospital takes big step forward

    Officials here celebrated a milestone Aug. 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the base's medical center, marking the transformation of the facility from an outpatient clinic to a fully functional hospital. Hurricane Katrina struck only two months after Brig. Gen. (Dr.) James J. Dougherty took the reins as commander of the 81st Medical Group. He