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  • Military child to AF leader

    As a self-proclaimed "military brat", Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby was engulfed in the Air Force culture long before he put on the uniform.From his cradle in a small village in western Germany to the position of the 81st Training Wing commander, Higby has learned the value of being a military child and the resources available to others who have grown
  • Special Olympics volunteer wears many hats

    For the past eight years, Tech. Sgt. Billy Wince has been passionate about his commitment to the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games at Keesler. In spite of several physical and personal challenges, his boundless enthusiasm and can-do spirit have inspired countless volunteers to share their talents and energy with the annual event, now in its
  • 335th TRS instructor feeds Olympians

    Keesler volunteers often get involved with Special Olympics to reach out, serve and be part of an exciting weekend. For Staff Sgt. Dennis Johns, the motivation is a little more personal.Johns, an instructor in the 335th Training Squadron for nearly two years, has a 10-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, so he has a heightened awareness of the
  • Special Olympics volunteer pays it forward

    The Air Force's contributions during his newborn daughter's medical crisis 10 years ago made Staff Sgt. Dennis Johns determined to "pay it forward" during his military career.Now he has an amazing opportunity to do just that - last week he learned that he had been accepted for the Air Force Physician Assistant Commissioning Program.When Johns was
  • Special Olympics rain plan hopes for sunny skies

    When the Mississippi Special Olympics takes center stage May 8-10 at Keesler, Tech. Sgt. Cameron Hickey will have his eyes to the skies, hoping his part of the planning is never implemented.Hickey's volunteer position involves a four-letter word that no one wants to hear during the weekend - rain.The torch run, opening ceremonies, most athletic
  • Chalk Talk: Career assistance can lead to success

    (This interview is Part 4 of an open-ended series featuring question-and-answer sessions with members of Team Keesler.)Master Sgt. Brian Johns has a big task to fulfill. As the 81st Training Wing's career assistance advisor and First Term Airman Center instructor, he spends a week of hands-on time with all the first-term Airmen that come to
  • YES program helps kids learn life skills

    The Youth Employment Skills program is a volunteer internship opportunity funded by the Air Force Aid Society and jointly administered by AFAS and the base's airman and family services flight.YES allows dependents of active duty Air Force members from ages 13½ to 23 a chance to learn valuable work skills while banking credit for college and having
  • Month of the Military Child Recognizes Young Family Members

    To highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community's youngest members, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, a Pentagon official told DoD News.Established by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the month recognizes some 1.9 million U.S. military children
  • Keesler’s ‘Defenders’ proud of Air Force heritage

    The history of the Security Forces career field predates the inception of the Air Force in 1947. With the invention of aircraft, its subsequent military use and a military post or base for the platform in which to store, launch, and repair those aircraft, protecting those resources was vital.In 1921, Italian Gen. Giulio Douhet stated, "It is easier
  • Boudreaux brothers showcase unique careers at Keesler Air Show

    For two brothers who grew up in the small town of Covington, Louisiana, their passion for flying led them to extraordinary careers in the Air Force. Both will take part in the Keesler Air Force Base Air Show/Open House March 28-29.Attendees can look to the sky to see Maj. Joshua Boudreaux, the left wing pilot flying the No. 2 jet for the U.S. Air