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  • Fallen Warrior: Staff Sgt. Michael Cinco

    Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco, 11th Field Investigations special agent, deployed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan while assigned to Beale AFB. He and his team captured a Taliban leader while conducting an air base ground defense patrol on an outside-the-wire mission. During his deployment, he was also assigned to a United States Army Criminal Investigation Command combat detachment to provide tactical security in order for them to obtain threat information.
  • Essential employees: civilians who serve

    When people think of the military, they may envision people in camouflage uniforms; but across more than 600 occupations and professions, there are over 150,000 civilian employees in the Air Force. “We're here to support the military and make sure we're able to complete the overall, worldwide mission,” said Terri Gonzalez, 81st Training Wing media relations chief. “When service members are deployed, we stay behind and keep operations running.”
  • The eye in the sky

    Keesler Air Force Base supports the critical mission to keep the skies protected and has a vast range of career fields that helps to keep the fight moving. “Command and control battle management operations is one of the most diverse career fields in the entire Air Force,” said Technical Sgt. Joshua Barich 334th Training Squadron C2BMO apprentice course instructor. “We track aircraft, plan the missions, control the aircraft at our Control and Reporting Center, and monitor missions on a larger scale at the Air Operation Center.”
  • Planning the fight

    There are many moving parts that we don’t think about when it comes to accomplishing the 81st Training Wing’s mission. One of those moving parts is the 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron.The squadron is made up of five entities; transportation, supply, fuel, vehicle maintenance, and logistic plans.“It’s a phenomenal effort to take and identify what
  • Prepared for emergencies

    A warm personality greets a sickly patient waiting to be seen. “Right this way ma’am,” said Airman 1st Class Alexandria Smith, 81st Healthcare Operations Squadron medical technician. Smith leads the patient back to an examination room, where she logs the patient’s vital signs and reason for visiting to get them on the path they need for care.
  • Keesler develops First Term Officers Course

    A First Term Officers Course, the first course of its kind offered here for new officers, was held at the Professional Development Center here June 1-3. “I was first a part of introducing the FTOC at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona,” said Capt. Demitrice Steward, Second Air Force section commander. “We noticed the company grade officer tier was lacking and needed to be developed. They were starting off with their degrees and life experience, but didn’t know the military.”
  • The basic COVID experience

    One week before COVID-19 precautions were established in response to the world-wide pandemic, a new flight of trainees arrived for basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 10, 2020. “We had a normal week of basic training and then everything started to close down,” said Airman 1st Class Jina Smith, 81st Force Support Squadron customer support apprentice. “None of us really knew what was going on because we had no social media or television. It was just everything that the Military Training Instructors were telling us.”
  • Deploying pride in the mission

    A unit deployment manager is responsible for educating the unit on its expeditionary role, ensuring personnel and equipment are ready to deploy and support contingency operations required by their unit. The 81st Security Forces Squadron takes pride in Staff Sgt. Lane Sanchez, 81st SFS unit deployment manager, who coordinates unit deployments with the Air Expeditionary Force Center, Air Education and Training Command, Security Forces Contingency Branch.
  • Teaching comprehensive combat care

    Members of the 81st Medical Group have been training in new evidence based, life saving techniques and strategies to provide the best trauma care possible on the battlefield. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care training offers more hands-on training in a simulated deployed environment, initially taking place at the Naval Construction Battalion Center soccer field. The transportation of materials, mannequins and personnel to the center led to complications in scheduling, leading to the application for moving training to an unused facility.
  • The mission and the community: Contracted for excellence

    One way the partnership between Keesler and the community is strengthened is through local contracts created to support Keesler’s mission and the local community. The 81st Contracting Squadron writes contracts with vendors for various necessities such as commodities, services and construction.