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  • AETC launches Operation Safe Summer

    Once again, we're heading into the "101 Critical Days of Summer," traditionally the highest risk period during the year for accidents to occur. Air Education and Training Command's "Operation Safe Summer -- Campaign for Safety" runs from Friday through Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day). I'm confident we'll do our very best to protect our most
  • Leaders reflect on summer safety

    As we recognize and honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in the defense of our nation, Paula and I want to pass along to the 2nd Air Force family our best wishes for an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day weekend. As most are aware, Memorial Day kicks off the annual "101 Critical Days" safety campaign. While the period from Memorial
  • Keesler proud of its Olympians

    This weekend, Keesler andits airmen renew their ties with the community by hosting the 2008 Special Olympics of Mississippi. Members of the 81st Training Wing, the 403rd Wing, the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron and the 45th Airlift Squadron will once again join forces to host over 1,000 athletes as they demonstrate courage, strength, spirit
  • Moms enrich nation, fortify communities, strengthen family life

    America will celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday and I hope you are ready! Our mothers are so very important not only to us, but to our society in general. The family is the center of our society, and mothers are the center of the family. In the Air Force, our core values are integrity, service and excellence in all we do. Yet, the Air Force didn't
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle: Constant environment awareness is noble objective for Keesler

    I remember the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. I was in Sister Lauren-Mary's third grade class and all of us youngsters were excited about the prospect of a country-wide campaign to save the environment. At that time there were compelling reasons to act as our country's environment was in bad shape. The Cuyahoga river in Cleveland caught fire
  • Prayer means more than ever to America in this time of war

    This month, people all across this country gather to honor one of the traditions of American life: to pray and break bread together. This simple American tradition has played a large part in our national life and it's one we continue through our National Prayer Breakfast. It was the pursuit of the freedom to gather and pray as they wished that led
  • Commander Surveys Upcoming Season and Says: "Play Ball!"

    With spring training over, the new baseball season has begun and I'm excited about the prospects of my beloved Boston Red Sox in the upcoming year. They are a team that is a lot like the men and women here at Keesler: time-tested professionals used to success and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. Just like the Red Sox, those of us
  • Success of Scout Camporee due to you, Team Keesler

    I'm so proud of our Keesler's Airmen and civilians! This past weekend, we opened our gates and our hearts to the Boy Scouts of the Pine Burr Council in our inaugural Merit Badge Camporee. For the first time since 1956, scouts came back to Keesler for a camporee and I'm pleased to report to you it was a HUGE success! Despite a Friday night rain
  • Running, riding, driving — are you always thinking?

    My daily routine starts before the sun comes up. I hit the track or the gym to get a good workout before diving into another busy 81st Training Wing day. Even in the gloom of the early morning I'm not usually alone, as there are usually a few other hearty souls getting a good start to their day as well. Just the other morning I ran across an
  • Award winners, supervisors — I salute your excellence

    The 81st Training Wing annual awards banquet was Feb. 21, and I want take this opportunity to once again congratulate the outstanding individuals in our wing. It was a great celebration of excellence and camaraderie! Our wing awards is one way we recognize those who've so excelled in their support of the Air Force mission. The winners clearly went
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