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  • Keesler Turns 75

    “I think the most significant thing I did during my military career was in 1973,” recalls retired Chief Master Sgt. Lonnie Arnold. “Troops returning from Vietnam were being delivered here and it was our job to help repatriate them; get them settled into lodging, link them back up with their wives and kids, make sure they felt welcome. It was hard
  • Culture, community and camaraderie

    From bands of Airmen scouring the Biloxi beaches picking up trash, to sharp-suited Airmen displaying the nation’s colors before the local Shuckers game, Keesler Airmen are continually seen throughout the community serving on and off the clock.“For the short time we are here, we embrace this community and it embraces us,” said Chief Master Sgt.
  • Airmen bring PTSD support groups to Keesler

    Keesler recently started its Operation Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Campaign, which focuses on helping Keesler personnel and their spouses who may suffer from PTSD caused by combat-related instances or stressful situations.“I started the campaign when I was stationed at Travis Air Force Base and now we have it here at Keesler,” said Senior
  • Keesler retiree led life of adventure, dedication

      In 1942 the U.S. had been attacked on their own soil. The world seemed to be chaotic and violent. The U.S. was planning and waging all-out war on multiple fronts and a skinny young man named Francis from Massachusetts quit his job at the Fort Devins troop store and arrived at the recruiting station with draft card in hand.   Francis Herbert’s
  • Passion vs priorities

    Physical fitness doesn’t come easy for everyone – sometimes the drive to finish one more repetition or set a new personal best just doesn’t cut it. For 1st Lt. Christian Torres, having the spirit to stay mentally and physically strong when going through adversity is not just found in the gym, it’s a way of life. Some people love free weights,
  • Keesler services keep deployed Air Force families connected

    When an Airman leaves for a deployment their family back home will need ways to help take care of their needs but also keep in touch with the deployed Airman.The Air Force provides many services ranging from the airman and family readiness center to Key Spouse Groups for families to keep morale high while their loved one is away, with many of these
  • Schoolhouse Spotlight: MTL instructor course

    The first group of Keesler-bred military training leaders are busy marching, training and learning in the 81st Training Support Squadron’s Military Training Leader instructor course.The school, formerly based out of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, has made its new home here at the Air Force’s second-largest technical training base and began
  • On Wingmanship: Surgical Services Flight

    Many service members see wingmanship as helping to prevent fellow Airmen from making bad decisions. To the 81st Medical Group’s Surgical Services Flight it meant helping a member of their team after they were involved in an altercation that put their young child’s life in danger. “We had a flight member who had a domestic problem with their
  • Keesler: UAS No Fly Zone

    The holidays are upon us and with them comes the spirit of giving. While presents can be fun some can pose dangers to military installations.For instance, on Keesler AFB it is prohibited to fly Unmanned Aerial Systems, radio controlled aircraft, or as they are more commonly known, drones, outside. Some drones have the capability to exceed Federal
  • On wingmanship: Senior Airman Douglas Sullivan

    (This story is part 2 of a 5 part series of features and commentaries about wingmanship throughout November 2015.) (Editor’s note:  To respect their privacy, the name of the individual involved has been changed.) Senior Airman Douglas Sullivan, 81st Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operations Center controller, works in the so-called ‘nerve