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  • 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
  • Military child to AF leader

    As a self-proclaimed "military brat", Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby was engulfed in the Air Force culture long before he put on the uniform.From his cradle in a small village in western Germany to the position of the 81st Training Wing commander, Higby has learned the value of being a military child and the resources available to others who have grown
  • Special Olympics volunteer wears many hats

    For the past eight years, Tech. Sgt. Billy Wince has been passionate about his commitment to the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games at Keesler. In spite of several physical and personal challenges, his boundless enthusiasm and can-do spirit have inspired countless volunteers to share their talents and energy with the annual event, now in its
  • 335th TRS instructor feeds Olympians

    Keesler volunteers often get involved with Special Olympics to reach out, serve and be part of an exciting weekend. For Staff Sgt. Dennis Johns, the motivation is a little more personal.Johns, an instructor in the 335th Training Squadron for nearly two years, has a 10-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, so he has a heightened awareness of the
  • Special Olympics volunteer pays it forward

    The Air Force's contributions during his newborn daughter's medical crisis 10 years ago made Staff Sgt. Dennis Johns determined to "pay it forward" during his military career.Now he has an amazing opportunity to do just that - last week he learned that he had been accepted for the Air Force Physician Assistant Commissioning Program.When Johns was
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