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  • 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
  • Medics get double dose of good news

    In a word, the 81st Medical Group is "excellent." That's the rating the group received from the Air Force Inspection Agency Health Services inspection team at the formal out brief Friday to the 81st MDG executive staff and Brig. Gen. Paul Capasso, 81st Training Wing commander. Just as significantly, the Joint Commission, a national civilian
  • Team Keesler can take advantage of household hazardous waste collection

    When spring cleaning, don't forget to gather hazardous waste for proper disposal. The base environmental office is gearing up for the semi-annual free household hazardous waste collection day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 in front of the recycling center, Building 4004, just west of the post office. "It's really important to get the participation of
  • Biloxi bowlers rule

    Gaudé Lanes hosted the Gulf Coast U.S. Bowling Congress Association's Annual mixed doubles handicap tournament March 30-April 1. Ruby Koenig and Eric Rivers, Biloxi, took the top spot and the first prize, bowling a 1,302. A mixture of 86 active-duty and retired military, civil service and coast civilian bowlers made up the 43 teams registered in
  • Change in car decal requirement

    Base decals and expiration stickers are no longer issued Air Force-wide. People may remove and destroy the decals and stickers on their vehicles, according to 81st Security Force Squadron officials. When visiting other bases, obtain passes or decals from that base. For more information, call 377-3844.
  • Medical center review winds up today

    The long-anticipated review of Keesler Medical Center's operations and practices began April 3 and concludes April 5.The 81st Medical Group received official notification from the Joint Commission -- formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations -- early March 27. A six-member team of surveyors from the commission is
  • Keesler launches building project for 1,067 homes

    March 30, Keesler broke ground for the largest military family housing project in Air Force history. The ceremony in Thrower Park launched construction of 1,067 units at a cost of $287.8 million. The first block of houses is scheduled to be completed in January 2008, and the last should be turned over in April 2010.  Hunt Building Co. has partnered
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