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  • Swimming into the hearts of Airmen sponsors

    “I don’t want to mess anything up,” said Airman Kaimryn Hursch, 336th Training Squadron cyber systems student. “I feel like we have a lot of pressure on us and I just want to make sure that everything goes according to plan and nothing goes downhill anywhere this weekend.” That was the thought one Airman had while she stood in line waiting for the
  • Becoming an Airman: Military child brings resiliency into serving

    In 1985, Jon Marti left for Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas for Air Force basic military training. Little did he know 29 years later his daughter would be following in his footsteps to become an Airman. As children, we may look up to our parents for inspiration on who we would like to be when we get older because of sacrifices they
  • 85th EIS saves Dragons $200,000

    Some people may not know about the partnership between Keesler Air Force Base and the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron. Throughout the last year the two have been strengthening their partnership by utilizing the skillsets of the 85th EIS Airmen, which helped save the 81st Training Wing over $200,000. “Manpower is what it comes down to so
  • Airman flies into a new adventure

    It isn’t often after 14 years, Airmen find themselves starting a new career. However, on Feb. 27, a master sergeant from Keesler learned that he would be doing just that. Originally an air traffic controller, Master Sgt. Brian Cloutier, 81st Training Wing protocol NCO in charge, has been selected to become an enlisted remotely piloted aircraft
  • Dream to make a change one person at a time

    When we are little we usually have dreams or goals for what we want to be when we grow up. Some people want to be firefighters or maybe doctors. Few times do you hear kids say they want to change the world for the better. . . more rare than that do you see that child grow up and succeed in their goal. Earlier this month, 1st Lt. Russell Lewis,
  • Painting the pain

    Blood, burns, scars, bruises and bones sticking out of human bodies. These could all be scary things . . . if they were real. Even though moulage injuries are all applied with brushes, the prosthetics are used to set the stage for real-life scenarios for first responders on Keesler and around the Gulf Coast area. “We help train all the first
  • Ophthalmology puts the ‘eye’ in readiness

    Wearing glasses is often times a limiting factor in the activities someone can or can’t do, especially for Airmen deployed to a combat zone. Since medicine and technology have evolved and improved over the years, many people can toss their spectacles - that have been slowly inching down their nose and falling off their faces to the wayside by
  • 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
  • Searching for daddy in Bien Hoa

    They were 30 miles outside of Saigon and their van had been overcome by the southern mercenary part of the Viet Cong. For a few minutes things were on the up and up and then a couple of the Viet Cong men came around to the back of the van and opened the doors. That is when they were captured. Those are the words ingrained in the head of 11 year old
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