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  • Dragons volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Donaisha Campbell, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron women’s health technician, sorts lighting equipment at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Gulfport, Mississippi, June 28, 2018. This was a week-long volunteer event where Airmen helped restock, sort, clean, price and help customers at the store. In addition to the
  • Keesler children participate in Operation Hero

    Keesler children run to their parents during Operation Hero at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2018. The children were welcomed by their parents as they came “home” from a simulated deployment after receiving a tour of a C-130J Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)
  • Robbins empowers Airmen

    Jairek Robbins, performance coach, and Keesler personnel participate in a breathing exercise during a private mentoring session in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 7, 2018. Approximately 100 Keesler members signed up for “The Complete Guide to Activating High Performance” course, a 4-week online training
  • Keesler Medical Center hosts DOD medical leadership

    A Defense Department medical leadership contingent conducted an 81st Medical Group site visit April 27 as the first part of Keesler Medical Center’s transition to the Defense Health Agency. Thomas McCaffery, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, and Lt. Gen. Mark Ediger, Air
  • Keesler Dragons participate in EMEDS exercise

    Air Forces Northern Surgeon General’s office members wrapped up their evaluation of an Expeditionary Medical Support confirmation field exercise here, April 20. Capt. Lee Laughridge, chief, AFNORTH Medical Operations and Training, and Jeff Brandenburg, chief, AFNORTH medical plans and logistics, worked throughout the year with agencies across the Air Force Medical Services enterprise to plan a scenario that exercised actual execution of the tactics, techniques and procedures of EMEDS during a domestic contingency.
  • Introducing Dragon Chat: Keesler’s latest take on Wingman Day

    The 81st Training Wing is changing up Wingman Day, April 19, by introducing a new initiative called Dragon Chat. Dragon Chat is a new concept that refocuses the Wingman Day idea on small-group discussions. Despite the change, the goal will still be to enhance the resiliency of individuals, families and communities in an effort to sustain their
  • Keesler hops into Easter

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Eck, 2nd Air Force director of staff, and his daughter, Natalie, paints a handprint during Easter in the Park at Marina Park March 24, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event festivities included a parade, an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts and informational booths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st
  • National Medal of Honor Day 2018

    In 1991, Congress passed Public Law 101-564 which designated March 25 of each year as National Medal of Honor Day. The day is dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients and is a time to remember the sacrifices of men and women in uniform who have earned their nation’s highest military honor.   Keesler Air Force Base pays tribute to Medal of Honor
  • Four Keesler Dragons awarded bronze stars

    Four Airmen were awarded bronze stars during a commander’s call March 5 at the Bay Breeze Event Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Capt. Edwin Pratt, 81st Training Wing executive officer, Maj. Ramon Riojas, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron general surgeon, Lt. Col. Jack Vilardi, 81st Medical Support Squadron TRICARE Operations and
  • Keesler, surrounding communities strengthen partnership

    The Keesler Air Force Community Partnership program reached another milestone March 7 with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Keesler and surrounding Mississippi Gulf Coast community members during its Leadership Committee meeting at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. “Since its creation on May 3, 2016, the AFCP has resulted in over
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