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  • 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
  • Airman attempts to rebuild life after Hurricane Katrina

    The eye of a storm is a quiet, calm place. Sunlight flickers in the raindrops collected on blades of grass. Branches gently sway in a light breeze. In an instant, chaos returns and the storm rages on again. The year since Hurricane Katrina hit has been a personal storm for thousands of people filled with times of peace and times of chaos. After the
  • Air Force trains to fill Army deployments

    Located about an hour north of Biloxi, Camp Shelby has a reputation for weather that could make the devil sweat. The harsh weather ratchets up the realism of the training that some Air Force people receive before deploying to locations like Iraq and Afghanistan. The camp is one of the locations where Air Force people are trained by the Army in