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  • Lt. Keesler: The life and passion of a namesake

    Keesler Air Force Base held the annual Air Force Ball Sept. 22 in celebration of the 71st birthday of the U.S. Air Force, along with commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Team Keesler’s namesake, 2nd Lt. Samuel Reeves Keesler Jr. Bill Keesler, first cousin twice removed of Lt. Keesler, visited the base to attend the event. He was also
  • What's in a name: Dolan Hall

    Dolan HallWilliam C. Dolan, Colonel, USAF, 1907-1945Col. William C. Dolan received classified Army Air Forces orders in 1941, during World War II. Dolan was tasked with the mission to develop tactics, techniques and procedures needed to use airborne radar systems to find and destroy enemy U-boats. During this time, Dolan tested theories himself and
  • What's in a name: McClelland Hall

    McClelland HallHarold M. McClelland, Major General, USAF, 1893-1965Maj. Gen. Harold M. McClelland was born in Iowa in 1893, and joined the Army Air Service in 1917. He was considered the pioneer in Air Force communications systems development. In the mid-1920s, McClelland studied engineering at Columbia University, and went on to become a
  • What's in a name: Blake Fitness Center

    Blake Fitness CenterEdward Aloysius Blake, Captain, USAF, 1935-1964Capt. Edward Blake enlisted in the United States Army, Jan. 28, 1954. He was honorably discharged from the Army in June 1956 and enlisted in the Air Force as an aviation cadet.Blake graduated from pilot training at Bryan Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, and received a commission as a
  • What's in a name: McBride Commons

    McBride CommonsEdward Ernest McBride, Major, 1930 – 1968Maj. Edward ‘Hoss’ McBride, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss., enlisted in the Air Force, Apr. 16, 1952. A year later, he completed the Aviation Cadet Program and commissioned on June 16, 1953.While assigned as an interceptor pilot to the 38th Fighter Intercept Squadron in Japan, he was scrambled
  • What's in a name: Cody Hall

    Cody HallHoward Rudolph Cody, Captain, USAF, 1934-1963Capt. Howard Rudolph Cody, a native of Gulfport, Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, joined the Air Force in 1954 and entered the Aviation Cadet program on Feb. 13, 1954. He commissioned as a second lieutenant and a pilot on May 16, 1955. Cody spent the next six
  • What's in a name: Welch Auditorium

    Tech. Sgt. E.J. Welch, Jr. enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard, Oct. 3, 1955, and was honorably discharged from the National Guard, Dec. 19, 1956. The following day, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.
  • What's in a name: Wall Studio

    George Michael WallFirst Lieutenant, USAF, 1944-1970First Lt. George Michael Wall, a native of Houston, Miss., and a graduate of Miss. State University, entered the United States Air Force Oct. 2, 1967. He received his commission Dec. 22, 1967.Wall entered pilot training at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and received his wings upon completion of
  • 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
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