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New paintball course opens at Keesler

Paintball headgear sits on display during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Paintball headgear sits on display during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers welcoming remarks at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers welcoming remarks at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Lt. Col. Sharon Nickelberry, 81st Force Support Squadron commander; Col. Mark Vivians, 81st Mission Support Group commander;  Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby, 81st Training Wing commander; Andy Marasca, Engineering Services supervisor, and Barbara Medlock, 81st FSS, cut the ribbon for the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Lt. Col. Sharon Nickelberry, 81st Force Support Squadron commander; Col. Mark Vivians, 81st Mission Support Group commander; Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby, 81st Training Wing commander; Andy Marasca, Engineering Services supervisor, and Barbara Medlock, 81st FSS, cut the ribbon for the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Daniil Kravchuk, 338th Training Squadron, refills players’ paintball markers during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Daniil Kravchuk, 338th Training Squadron, refills players’ paintball markers during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tom Golden, 81st Force Support Squadron, serves as master of ceremonies, while dressed in combat gear, during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tom Golden, 81st Force Support Squadron, serves as master of ceremonies, while dressed in combat gear, during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Master Sgt. Jason Devereaux, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron,  prepares to fire on his enemy during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Master Sgt. Jason Devereaux, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, prepares to fire on his enemy during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. George Tombe, 81st Training Group commander, waves for the attention of the referees after being hit by a paintball as his team-mate, Col. Mark Vivians, 81st Mission Support Group commander, keeps his eyes on the enemy during a friendly match between the Colonels and the Chiefs at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. George Tombe, 81st Training Group commander, waves for the attention of the referees after being hit by a paintball as his team-mate, Col. Mark Vivians, 81st Mission Support Group commander, keeps his eyes on the enemy during a friendly match between the Colonels and the Chiefs at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Master Sgt. Mike Lemond, 2nd Air Force, ducks for cover during a friendly match between the Chiefs and the Colonels at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Master Sgt. Mike Lemond, 2nd Air Force, ducks for cover during a friendly match between the Chiefs and the Colonels at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Master Sgts. Mike Lemond, 2nd Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Devereaux, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, close in on the enemy during a friendly match between the Chiefs and the Colonels at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Master Sgts. Mike Lemond, 2nd Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Devereaux, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, close in on the enemy during a friendly match between the Chiefs and the Colonels at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Roland Engel, 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron, is fired upon during a friendly match between the Chiefs and the Colonels at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Col. Roland Engel, 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron, is fired upon during a friendly match between the Chiefs and the Colonels at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Wesley Escalante, 338th Training Squadron, prepares to open fire on his enemy  during a friendly match between the technical training Airmen and the permanent party Airmen at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airman 1st Class Wesley Escalante, 338th Training Squadron, prepares to open fire on his enemy during a friendly match between the technical training Airmen and the permanent party Airmen at the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Permanent party Airmen begin a friendly match against the technical training Airmen during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Permanent party Airmen begin a friendly match against the technical training Airmen during the paintball facility grand opening April 25, 2014, southeast of the commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The paintball facility was funded with a portion of the 2013 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence award funds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- 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.