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Biloxi mayor takes flight on “Spirit of Biloxi”

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway took his first flight aboard the recently christened "Spirit of Biloxi," a C-130 cargo aircraft assigned to the 403rd Wing's "Flying Jennies." 

"It's very nice to be able to go on a trip like this," said Mayor Holloway, who journeyed with a group of 29 other civic leaders to Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., as part of the wing's annual civic leader tour. "The relationship between our community and the Air Force Reserve is important; it's important to know what they do here and it's nice to know them on a personal basis." 

Brig. Gen. Rich Moss, 403rd Wing commander, joined the group on the tour to Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral. 

The group visited pararescuemen at the 920th Rescue Wing and watched demonstrations of their lifesaving skills. 

At the 45th Space Wing, they visited the mission control center and learned about its integral role in space operations. 

After a windshield tour of other historical sites and places of interest, the group returned to Keesler on the "Spirit of Biloxi." 

On the return flight, Mayor Holloway surveyed the progress of rebuilding on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina. 

"Our civic leader tours are valuable because they reinforce the partnership between the community and the 403rd Wing, and it's important for them to see the critical role our citizen Airmen play in our nation's defense," said General Moss.