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  • Keesler's economic impact on Mississippi Gulf Coast over $1.1 billion

    Keesler's total economic impact for fiscal 2007 has been calculated at over $1.1 billion. The figure was finalized last week as base officials completed the annual pro-cess of data assimilation and validation. "Keesler's role as a significant player in the local economy is something we're proud of," said Col. Greg Touhill, 81st Training Wing
  • Touhill comes 'home' to Keesler

    Twenty-four years ago Monday, a new second lieutenant began his Air Force career in basic communications officer training at Keesler. Oct. 2, now Col. Greg Touhill took command of the 81st Training Wing during a ceremony on the parade field. "Over the past 24 years, my Keesler training has been invaluable," said Colonel Touhill after accepting the
  • Volunteers escort patients at Keesler

    Keesler Medical Center's volunteer escort service has helped 369,000 patients around the facility since 1981. One of the original escort team staff has achieved a milestone of his own. Dean Todd has "moved" 20,000 patients himself in more than 26 years of volunteer service. A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Mr. Todd recalled how the medical
  • Honor guard Memorable experience for this first-term Airman

    Editor's note: This is the last in a series of three first-person articles on Keesler News staff writer Airman David Salanitri's experiences with the Keesler Honor Guard. Honor guard was my first duty as a permanent party member, quite a transition for a new Airman fresh out of basic training and technical school. The experience has given me
  • Deployment is family affair for 3 siblings

    Capt. Claudia Menjivar, an intensive care unit nurse with the 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron, deployed to South-west Asia recently. While this isn't unusual, her personal circumstances are. The global war on terror has called upon several members of the same family to serve their country in hostile environments, sometimes simultaneously.
  • New Honor Guard Member Serves On Funeral Detail

    Editor's note: This is the second in a series of three first-person articles on Keesler News staff writer Airman David Salanitri's experiences with the Keesler Honor Guard. The day I found out I'd be playing Taps in my first funeral, I was confident. However, as the time got nearer, I started to become a little nervous. My first funeral was for a
  • Airman tells about his first week on Honor Guard

    Editor's note: This is the first in a series of three first-person articles on Keesler News staff writer Airman David Salanitri's experiences with the Keesler Honor Guard. A service member from your family passes away and you want the honor guard to render military honors at the funeral. What would you expect from those Airmen? Perfection is what I
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