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Defenders welcome kids on first day of school

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class LaDarian Carter, 81st Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, and Senior Airman Jocilyn Carver, 81st SFS entry controller, passes out stickers to military children at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Members from the 81st SFS greeted children as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School on their first day of school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class LaDarian Carter, 81st Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, and Senior Airman Jocilyn Carver, 81st SFS entry controller, passes out stickers to military children at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Members from the 81st SFS greeted children as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School on their first day of school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron and Chase the Paw Patrol dog greet military children for the first day of school near the pedestrian gate at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Defenders welcomed the children with stickers as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron and Chase the Paw Patrol dog greet military children for the first day of school near the pedestrian gate at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Defenders welcomed the children with stickers as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron greet military families for the first day of school near the pedestrian gate at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Defenders and their mascot welcomed the children with stickers as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron greet military families for the first day of school near the pedestrian gate at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Defenders and their mascot welcomed the children with stickers as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Navy Chief Equipment Operator Job Tate, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27 chief petty officer, Gulfport, Mississippi, hugs his son, Everett, on his first day of kindergarten, at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron and their mascot met military families at the pedestrian gate to welcome the children on their first day of school as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Navy Chief Equipment Operator Job Tate, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27 chief petty officer, Gulfport, Mississippi, hugs his son, Everett, on his first day of kindergarten, at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 4, 2021. Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron and their mascot met military families at the pedestrian gate to welcome the children on their first day of school as they went to Jeff Davis Elementary School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --