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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
  • Keesler graduates first Advanced MTL course in Air Force

    The first of its kind, a new Advanced Military Training Leader Course graduated the first class at Keesler Air Force Base last month.The new course from the 81st Training Group offers future MTLs the opportunity to cultivate their knowledge and skills in order to delve deeper into the requirements and tasks of their future duty position. Compared
  • Command Post: the eyes and ears

    When Staff Sgt. Kaylee Sprout heard Hurricane Nate was coming, the first thought that popped into her head was her dog at home. As emergency action controllers, they must be prepared for anything and everything at home and on the installation, especially during hurricane season."We are the eyes and ears of the base," said Master Sgt. DeAnna
  • Keesler instructor named combat control NCO of the Year

    “Whenever I look at my accomplishments I will always think it’s miniscule next to the guys who are in [the career field] all the time while all I did was go on a deployment and came back to being an instructor,” said Tech. Sgt. James Sparks, 352nd Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron Detachment 1 BA instructor. “If I didn’t have that deployment I
  • Walking through inspiration

    As Airmen make their way to class, walking through the Personnel Apprentice Course hallway, their eyes dart from wall to wall as they take in inspirational quotes, filling them with a sense of pride and purpose in the Air Force.A once desolate hallway filled with outdated photos now shines as a sign of inspiration not only for the students but as a
  • 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
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