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  • On wingmanship: Tech. Sgt. Yuri Miller

    (This story is part 1 of a 5 part series of features and commentaries about wingmanship throughout November 2015.) Being a wingman means making yourself available to those around you. These people are coworkers, subordinates, friends and family. In certain lines of work though, being a wingman is more than just being there for someone. In Tech.
  • Dad, daughter make technical school a family project

    Most kids graduating from an educational program could probably consider having a parent or family member attend a graduation to be normal.For Staff Sgt. Michael McDonald and his daughter Airman 1st Class Breanna McDonald, going through cyber courses at the 336th Training Squadron at the same time was a once-in-a-life-time chance. “I never thought
  • Airman fights fire with dedication

    Senior Airman Kyeonee Russell is a firefighter with the 81st Infrastructure Division. After five years at Keesler Air Force Base and one deployment to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, Russell finds the love for his job from the training he has received, the core values that have been instilled in him and his coworkers. According to Russell, his
  • Schoolhouse Spotlight: Cyber warfare operator course

    The 333rd Training Squadron is home to the Air Force’s cyber warfare operator training course. “We focus on network security here,” said Lt. Col. Vincent Sullivan III, 333rd TRS commander. “[We] defend the Air Force network; perform forensic research in the digital environment, pinpoint weaknesses adversaries can potentially take advantage of and
  • Schoolhouse Spotlight: Initial skills weather course

    (This interview is part of an open-ended series featuring technical school courses at Keesler Air Force Base.)At the 335th Training Squadron’s Weather Training Complex, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coastguardsmen attend the Defense Department’s only initial skills weather course. The weather course will prepare the students to become weather
  • Hurricane Katrina: A Look Back

    A lone figure stands in the midst of scattered remnants of what was once a family’s home. Memories, now garbage and debris, cover the earth as far as the eye can see in all directions. The repulsive smell of rotten bananas and dead chickens cuts through the stifling summer air from a destroyed ship yard. Biloxi Mississippi, home of Keesler Air
  • From deployment to disaster: Airman helps Keesler bounce back from Katrina

    As the head of theater contracts during a deployment to Baghdad in 2005, George Budz had a lot to take care of. While traveling throughout Iraq and Afghanistan to fulfill his duties, the then-lieutenant colonel didn’t think he had to worry if his house would still be in one piece and his possessions in their places when he returned home.For Budz,
  • Making a difference: Airman brings hope, helping hand during Hurricane Katrina

    “I did come to a point where I did go back and check on the lady I first gave water to,” Watkins remembered. “She was just so thankful for me giving her water that she said ‘There’s still nice people here.’ I just looked at her and said ‘We all have to help each other now.’”After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and its residents in August
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