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  • 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
  • Katrina: Resiliency in the aftermath

     “It was pretty similar to the kind of destruction I saw during my deployments,” said Master Sgt. Jeffery Thatcher. “Highway 90 was done for, completely pushed north and none of the casinos were in the same spot.” Thatcher, the 81st Security Forces Squadron standardizations and evaluations superintendent, wasn’t here for Hurricane Katrina’s
  • 81st Comptroller Squadron makes cents out of fitness

    Airmen from the 81st Comptroller Squadron perform physical training three times a week to build not only their physical strength but also foster squadron unity. They use different exercises ranging from planks to four mile runs to prepare each other to be mission ready.
  • Chalk Talk: Sewing on staff sergeant

    (This interview is Part 5 of an open-ended series featuring question-and-answer sessions with members of Team Keesler.) Becoming an NCO is an important milestone in every enlisted member's career. Without an excellent core of first-line supervisors, the mission would suffer in ways that could make any wing commander cringe.Luckily, new NCOs, like
  • Col. Edmondson takes command of 81st TRW

    Col. Michele Edmondson took command of the 81st Training Wing during a change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad, June 26, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.Maj. Gen. Mark Brown, 2nd Air Force commander, officiated the ceremony."I can't think of an Airman better prepared to take this wing even further than Colonel
  • Keesler Airman selected for Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program

    Before she joined the service more than three years ago, Senior Airman Alyssa Johnson already had her heart set on becoming an Air Force nurse. After determination and careful planning, she's been selected for the Air Force's Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program.Johnson, a force management journeyman, begins the program Aug. 24 at the University of
  • Chalk Talk: Sewing on staff sergeant

    (This interview is Part 5 of an open-ended series featuring question-and-answer sessions with members of Team Keesler.)Becoming an NCO is an important milestone in every enlisted member's career. Without an excellent core of first-line supervisors, the mission would suffer in ways that could make any wing commander cringe.Luckily, new NCOs, like
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