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  • Keesler Annouces A-76 status

    Officials at Keesler Air Force Base announced the final decision on the Big Base Operation Support A-76 Competitive Sourcing initiative today. The decision was announced by Brigadier General Paul Capasso, 81st Training Wing commander during a town hall meeting. General Capasso said the Air Force's

  • Honor guard One-striper feels pressure of serving on funeral details

    Editor's note: This is the second in a series of three first-person articles on Keesler News staff writer Airman David Salanitri's experiences with the Keesler Honor Guard. The day I found out I'd be playing Taps in my first funeral, I was confident. However, as the time got nearer, I started to

  • New post for Capasso

    Brig. Gen. Paul Capasso, 81st Training Wing commander, has been named director of command, control, communications and computer systems for U.S. Africa Command. The assignment takes him to Stuttgart, Germany, in October. The general has led the 81st TRW since November 2005. A successor to General

  • Keesler ready to celebrate Air Force’s 60th anniversary

    Happy big six zero, Air Force! Sept. 18 marks 60 years since the Air Force became an independent, separate service from the Army. "This is a time to remember our Airmen, past, present and future, who stand as a symbol of freedom and hope around the world,"  said Brig. Gen. Paul Capasso, 81st

  • Retiree Appreciation Day Monday

    Retiree Appreciation Day is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the youth center. The 81st Medical Group offers blood pressure screening, information about Tricare, dermatology, pharmacy, smoking cessation, osteoporosis, dental care and other health-related information. Information from finance, legal,

  • Gate barrier work impacts traffic

    The pop-up force protection barriers at the White Avenue and Meadows Drive gates undergo modification and maintenance, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 through Oct. 10. Friday, the contractor tests the operation of all barriers at both gates. All four lanes of traffic are stopped for two to four minutes

  • Keesler's top volunteer earns national recognition

    Keesler's Volunteer of the Year, Michele Hirata, has been recognized with the Award of Honor from the National Military Family Association's Very Important Patriot program. Mrs. Hirata, spouse of Maj. Jeff Hirata, 2nd Air Force, was one of five winners in her category and receives $500. The VIP

  • Command changes for trainers next week

    Col. Prince Gilliard Jr. assumes command of the 81st Training Group from Col. Deborah Van De Ven, 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the parade field adjacent to the Levitow Training Support Facility. In case of rain, the ceremony moves to the Welch Auditorium. Colonel Gilliard comes to Keesler from the Defense

  • Hispanic service Sept. 16

    A service, 2 p.m. Sept. 16 in Larcher Chapel, kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month at Keesler. The service is in both English and Spanish. Re-freshments are served after the service. Other events: Food tasting -- 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26, youth center. Traditional Hispanic dishes served free by the Hispanic