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  • Air Force birthday transforms Keesler

    Knowing the past lends understanding to the present and insight into the future.Statecraft is the construction of a governing body.Keesler in particular has a lengthy and diverse history, being established as a military base before the birth of the U.S. Air Force. The transition from Keesler Field to Keesler Air Force Base may offer perspective to
  • Air Force heritage takes center stage at FTAC

    The First Term Airmen Center is where Airmen coming to their first duty station learn the ropes of what it's like in the operational Air Force.FTAC, a week-long course for eight hours a day, introduces us to many different base agencies and leadership; it's basically an orientation to Keesler.At first I was leery about FTAC. With only seven other
  • 9/11 attacks brought out best of Team Keesler

    Sept. 11, 2001, was just a typical busy Tuesday morning at the Keesler News office in 81st Training Wing headquarters - deadline day to finish stories and layouts for that week's paper.Someone yelled in the quiet hallway - a plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City. I kept working, assuming it was a little commuter plane and figuring that
  • Dragon Corner: “Q-Flight” creates and qualifies Air Force OJT curriculums

    The Qualification Training Flight or "Q-Flight" is a qualification and continuation training flight located here. Overall, Q-Flight's military and civilian personnel are responsible for the research, authoring, editing, publication and maintenance of numerous training products including: Air Force Qualification Training Package, Air Force Job
  • "Q-Flight" creates and qualifies carrer curriculum

    The Qualification Training Flight or "Q-Flight" is a qualification and continuation training flight located here. Overall, Q-Flight's military and civilians are responsible for the research, authoring, editing, publication and maintenance of numerous training products including: Air Force Qualification Training Package, Air Force Job Qualification
  • The 4-1-1 On Calling 9-1-1

    Have you ever picked up the phone and dialed 9-1-1 to report an emergency? I suspect that for most of us, the answer to that question is probably no. But did you know that you have a regular opportunity to legitimately dial 9-1-1 at Keesler? When is that, you say? The answer is: when the fire alarms in your building go off - whether it is a
  • Keeping kids out of hot cars

    There have been 23 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles so far this year, according to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University. Some of these deaths are because a caregiver forgot the child in the car. These circumstances typically make national news which brings it to our attention, and we find it hard to believe that
  • Dragon Corner: the significance of a Monday

    Is it safe to say that everyone loves a Friday? Most do, and what's not to love about Friday? It means it is almost the weekend! Also, recall that every Friday at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, trainees graduate from basic military training and become Airmen. What does this signify for Keesler? It means that three days later, America's children
  • Dragon Corner: Today’s Airmen are stewards of a great legacy

    About a year ago, my wife and I were having lunch in the base exchange food court. An elderly gentleman kept looking over and finally came to our table. He asked me, "First sergeant, does the Air Force still have 35-10?" "Yes sir, but it's called 36-2903 now," I replied. Why do you ask?" He then told me some issues he had noticed with the way some
  • Protection through detection

    I remember the words on the signs like it was yesterday. All of the business marquees outside of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, read "Where is Adam?" There were billboards offering rewards and advertisements in newspapers requesting information to the whereabouts of 4-year old Adam Finch. The year was 1997 and I had just arrived at my first duty
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