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  • Fallen Warrior: SSgt. Omar D. Flores

    Staff Sgt. Omar Flores was born in Mission, Texas in 1978. He graduated from high school in 1996 and enlisted in the active duty Army shortly thereafter as a 13B Cannon Crewmember at Fort Hood, Texas. He left active duty in June of 2000 and entered service in the Texas National Guard as a Personnel Services Clerk with the 3rd Battalion 141st
  • Connecting the Air Force family

    As a young, enlisted Airman in training in the 81st Training Group, Chaplain (Capt.) Lavonia Winford, 81st TRG chaplain, served as a white rope in 2005, working as an advocate for both the chaplains and technical training students. Today, Winford embraces an environment of encouragement for her Airmen as the lead Chaplain.“My experience as an
  • Fallen Warrior: SSgt Luther Eugene Davis

    SSgt. Luther Eugene Davis was a pararescue specialist from Anderson County, Tennessee and served three tours in Vietnam. On April 15, 1970 during his final tour, Davis was participating in an aerial flight of an HH-3E helicopter(Jolly Green 27) of the 37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron (now the 37th Helicopter Squadron), in Kon Tum province,
  • Enhancing the mission at all levels

    Across more than 11,000 personnel at Keesler, the 81st Training Wing’s mission is maintained at all levels. Airmen such as Airman 1st Class Noah Magruder, 81st Comptroller Squadron special actions technician, serve as the backbone of the mission.“I manage Keesler personnel that are in-processing and out-processing, creating a flow for our Airman
  • 81st TRW welcomes new commander

    Team Keesler welcomed the newest commander of the 81st Training Wing, the host wing of Keesler Air Force Base, during a change of command at the Levitow Training Support Facility, June 17.Col. William H. Hunter assumed command of the 81st TRW from outgoing commander Col. Heather W. Blackwell during a change of command ceremony officiated by Maj.
  • Fighting more than just fire

    Every year, the Keesler Fire Department responds to over 800 emergencies on or around Keesler. From fires, medical emergencies or aircraft issues, the fire department has embraced their mission to keep Keesler safe.“We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year,” said J.D. Donnett, 81st Training Wing installation fire chief. “We
  • Memorial Day on the Gulf Coast

    Native of Greenwood, Mississippi, 2nd Lt. Samuel Reeves Keesler, Jr., enlisted in the Army Air Service entering World War I.He trained as an aerial observer, gunner and artillery fire controller and provided air support for the U.S. troops. After taking heavy gunfire from enemy aircraft during a reconnaissance mission, Lt. Keesler gallantly fended
  • SAPR: Cultivating a culture of dignity, respect

    “Protecting our people protects our mission,” said Glen Popejoy, 81st Training Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response manager. “We implement a sexual assault prevention program through the use of prevention training that focuses on consent, awareness, intervention and building healthy interpersonal relationship skills.”The SAPR program
  • Developing warfighters of all kinds

    Providing service members mentorship opportunities, the Keesler Professional Development Center strives to help reach personal and professional goals, whilst assisting commanders by providing career enhancement support for the total force.The PDC includes courses such as Informed Decision Briefings, First Term Airman Courses, NCO and senior NCO
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