New paintball course opens at Keesler

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  • By Staff Sgt. Greg Biondo
  • 81st Training Wing Public Affairs
A paintball tournament featuring the Chiefs group versus Airman's council members and Non-prior service Airmen versus training Airmen kicked off the grand opening of Keesler's paintball facility, April 25.

The new course, located on 6th Street, southeast of the commissary, is larger than the previous course that was in the same area and features inflatable barricades and a perimeter net to ensure spectators don't get hit by stray paintballs.

Anyone with access to Keesler will be able to use the facility after signing a risk waiver and reviewing the course rules and regulations according to Golden.

"There was a lot of construction due to Katrina that had to be done in the area around the old course so it wasn't able to be used for a long time," said Tom Golden, community services flight chief. "We decided to make it a bigger and better paintball course."

In 2013, Keesler was presented the Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award which came with $1 million for quality of life improvements.

"Money from the CINC Excellence award supported by money from the Single Airman's Program paid for the course," said Golden.

Tournament participants who got to break in the new course were excited about the newest addition to Keesler's recreation list.

"My favorite part was being able to run up and shoot at all the chiefs, in the name of good fun," said Airman 1st Class Josh Marsh, 336th Training Squadron. "It's definitely a great place to play paintball, it's really fun. If I hadn't played before or if I wanted to play that's where I would go."

Reservations are required at least 72 hours in advance and a minimum of six people need to be scheduled to play. If an individual wishes to play then five others have to be scheduled and all participants will receive a confirmation phone call that day.

Hours are Friday 12 - 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.

Markers, masks, vests, air, and paintballs are all available for rent and there is a field fee to participate. For specific pricing information contact Outdoor Recreation at 228-377-3160.