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  • 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
  • 81st MDG brings total force medical care to air show

    With the Keesler Air Show/Open House coming up, the 81st Medical Group is planning to be out in force to show the Gulf Coast community how they contribute to keeping Team Keesler healthy."The 81st MDG will be showcasing our unique medical capabilities during the Keesler Air Show/Open House," said Col. Thomas Harrell, 81st MDG commander. "At the
  • Air show co-director brings together grounds operations

    Keesler's air show co-director, Lt. Col. Kyle Tate, 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander, envisions himself as bringing together the ground operations as he leads ground support responsibilities for the March 28-29 event."My job involves bringing disparate groups together," Tate said. "In dealing with organizations on and off base, it's
  • "Warrior scholar" always looking for next step forward

    Maj. Billy Pope Jr. comes from humble beginnings. A product of Helendale, California, his tiny town of 2,500 residents didn't even have a library - he had to rely on a traveling library in a van to get his book fix."We had a joke growing up," Pope said. "We always said it was 15 miles to Victorville, 14 miles to Barstow, and two feet from
  • Chalk Talk: Get to know Amayrani

    (This interview is Part 3 of an open-ended series featuring question-and-answer sessions with members of Team Keesler.)If you're into a good morning workout, chances are you've seen Amayrani "Amy" Smith attending the front desk at the Blake Fitness Center. Chances are she's also sporting a blue zip-up jacket with 'Nola' stitched onto it.While she
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