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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
  • Mobile training team deploys to Kuwait

    Tech. Sgt. Steve Foley and Staff Sgt. Mike Harvell aren't packing light for a six-week trip to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The six equipment cases they need to take training to the war fighters weigh in at more than 1,400 pounds.Sergeants Foley and Harvell are members of one of the 333rd Training Squadron's mobile training teams that take diverse global
  • Surgical services return to Keesler Medical Center

    As inpatient services returned to Keesler Medical Center Aug. 15, members of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron were prepared to put their skills to work. A nine-person team performed the first surgery in the facility since Hurricane Katrina forced the Air Force's second largest medical center to shut down Aug. 29, 2005. Among the staff were two
  • 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