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  • Representing culture

    The smell of sage burning in a smudge bowl fills the air, the texture rough on the outside but smooth on the inside. A Native American family kneels down in prayer while waving the smoke toward themselves with an eagle feather before the start of their day. According to Native American culture, the eagle is the highest flying bird and the rising
  • 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: Alho Manor

    Alho Manor Antonio L. Alho, Sergeant, USAF, 1946-1969 Sgt. Antonio L. Alho was born on October 25, 1946 in Westerly, Rhode Island. Growing up, Alho was an active member of his high school’s Portuguese Club and also participated in the Boy Scouts. Some of his hobbies included traveling, collecting rocks and fossils, and playing with Ham Radios. Upon
  • What’s in a name: Shaw House

    Shaw House   William S. Shaw, Captain, USAF, 1920-1943   Capt. William S. Shaw was born on April 19, 1920 in Moorhead, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi Delta Junior College and joined the Army Air Corps on September 9, 1940 as a pilot. Shaw graduated from pilot school on April 25, 1941 at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas. While serving in the
  • What's in a name: Gaude Lanes

    Gaude Lanes   Robert P. Gaude, Jr., First Lieutenant, USAF, 1930-1953   1st Lt. Robert P. Gaude, Jr. was a native of Biloxi, Mississippi, who served as an Air Force fighter pilot during the Korean War. He commissioned from the Georgia Institute of Technology in June of 1951 and graduated from pilot school in December of 1952. Gaude was assigned as
  • 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
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