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  • Army trains Airmen for 'outside the wire' mission

    Volunteer security forces Airmen from 65 bases completed Army training here Nov. 3, giving them the skills to perform a unique mission in Iraq. Fort Hood provided 182 Air Force security forces members with general and advanced combat skills via Army instruction to prepare them for their new mission. The Airmen came together to form Detachment 7,
  • Keesler spouses conference topics cover deployments to decorating

    A spouses conference Nov. 14 provided a cornucopia of information and ideas from a variety of different sources, from the Keesler commander to a pair of home decorators.Laura Capasso opened the conference by noting it was one day shy of a year since her husband, Brig. Gen. Paul Capasso, took command of the 81st Training Wing. She recalled that in
  • Team Keesler and industry set new Air Force standard for telephone service

    With the cutting of a telephone cable Nov. 15, Keesler officials culminated a six-month project to upgrade communications technology and "dialed in" to a new level of disaster preparedness. The date marked the official implementation of the new Voice over the Internet Protocol (VOIP) solution for Keesler Medical Center. When Hurricane Katrina's
  • 45th NCO assists in I-10 rescue

    A noncommissioned officer from the 45th Airlift Squadron assisted in the rescue of a woman from her overturned and submerged club-cab pickup truck on rain-swept I-10 Nov. 15. Tech. Sgt. Eric Bailey was on his morning commute from his home in Gulfport to Keesler when he witnessed the accident. "The truck hydroplaned out of control into the median,
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  • Keesler Medical Center opens 4 renovated operating rooms

    With the late November opening of its renovated operating suite, Keesler Medical Center again will offer a wide range of surgery to eligible beneficiaries. This is a significant step in the medical center's return to pre-Hurricane Katrina operations. According to Lt. Col. Barbara Coppedge, acting 81st Surgical Operations Squadron surgery flight
  • Keesler Marks 65 Years Of Training Warriors

    Even before there was an Air Force, there was a Keesler Field. Monday, Keesler turns 65, making the base more than six years older than the service to which it belongs.In those 6 1/2 decades, Keesler has trained nearly 2.25 million American and foreign military people in a broad range of subjects and disciplines.  June 12, 1941, the original
  • Communicators' crisis response team wins Air Force award for Katrina actions

    The 81st Communications Squadron's crisis response team earned an Air Force communications and information award for its support of Keesler during Hurricane Katrina. The Gen. Edwin Rawlings Award for 2005 recognizes a team that performs one-time, nonrecurring special acts associated with special projects, process improvements, short- or longterm
  • ROTC cadets get birds-eye view of Air Force life

    Sixty ROTC cadets have been getting an introduction to "the real Air Force" this summer while they're at Keesler for Aerospace 100 special training, commonly referred to as the ASSIST program. Three sessions with 12 cadets each took place during June. Two more sessions are July 10-14 and 17-21. Other sessions are being held at Altus Air Force Base,
  • Base bids farewell to canine cop

    The 81st Security Forces Squadron bid farewell to a special team member Tuesday  during a memorial service at Larcher Chapel. Bruno, one of Keesler's military working dogs for almost seven years, had to be euthanized July 18 due to a severe debilitating disease of the lower back, according to Staff Sgt. Erik Castro, noncommissioned officer of the