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  • USAF Honor Guard Drill Team builds new routine, bonds

    “It’s hard,” said Senior Airman Darren Lawrence. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into it.”   Originally stationed in Washington D.C., the U.S Air Force Honor Guard drill team travels to Keesler Air Force Base for five weeks at the beginning of every year to develop and perfect their new routine. They practice formations, steps and
  • Active learning environment cleared for takeoff in ATC classroom

    In a classroom at Cody Hall, something unique is happening.  The students are turning the classroom upside down, inside out and the other way around.  Why?  So students will have a better understanding of one of the toughest courses in the Air Force, Air Traffic Control. Instead of the instructor standing and lecturing for hours, the students are
  • Keesler Honor Guard embodies core values

    For some families, having the honor guard presenting military honors during a funeral is the last interaction they will have with the military. This lasting impact is why it is important for the honor guard to be skilled and precise with all movements they perform.   Keesler Honor Guard members embody the Air Force core values, integrity first and
  • 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 dining facilities serve family atmosphere

    Keesler DFACs serve family-type atmosphere
  • 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
  • Keesler Mammography Clinic raises the bar for patient care

    “One of eight ladies are going to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Barchie, 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron diagnostic imaging medical director. “It impacts a lot of people and everybody is at a high risk for it.” With the high rate of breast cancer, the mammography clinic at Keesler Medical Center
  • 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
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