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  • 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
  • AFNORTH surgeon general team evaluates DSCA medical response capabilities

    Two members of Air Forces Northern’s Surgeon General’s office were watching months of their planning efforts unfold here during an Expeditionary Medical Support confirmation field exercise, April 16-21, as they evaluated the 81st Medical Group’s response to simulated tornado aftermath. Capt. Lee Laughridge, AFNORTH Medical Operations and Training
  • NASCAR driver visits Keesler

    Harry Gant and Jeff Hammond pose for a photo with the surgical robotics suite staff during a visit at Keesler Medical Center March 30, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Hammond and Gant spent the day meeting veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home and toured various facilities that support veterans on Keesler Air Force Base. Gant
  • 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 Medical Center named best in AF

    The Air Force Surgeon General awarded the Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center the coveted ‘Hospital of the Year’ distinction last week.
  • Keesler MDG Airmen perform first robotic surgery in AF

    Members of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron performed the Air Force’s first robotic surgery at the Keesler Medical Center here March 28. Maj. Lauren Buck, 81st MSGS general surgeon, and her surgical team performed a robotic ventral hernia repair. Buck has experience with the da Vinci Si model, but this was a little different because it is a
  • 81st MDG recognized for inpatient care

    The 81st Medical Group team has once again fallen within the top 10 percent of eligible hospitals for providing outstanding customer service and high-quality health care.“The recognition came from (responses to) the TRICARE Inpatient Satisfaction Survey,” said Senior Master Sgt. David Alvarado, 81st Inpatient Operation Squadron superintendent. “Our
  • 81st TRW celebrates Gulf Coast retirees

    The 81st Training Wing hosted its annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility here Nov. 4.More than 20 support services from around the base and local area gathered to provide local military retirees and their dependents with important information about medical, pay benefits and activities available to
  • Air Force’s first robotic surgery training course established at Keesler

    Keesler Air Force Base surgeons are forging a new path in military medicine by being the first in the Air Force to use one of the most advanced robotic surgery systems available today.  The Keesler Medical Center has acquired two of the newest robotic surgical systems out there, the da Vinci Xi, one for surgeries and the other for surgical
  • Honorary commanders tour 81st MDG

    Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander, presents Toni Ganucheau, The Peoples Bank branch manager, and Pastor Jeff Ulmer, New Life Family Church pastor, with certificates after inducting both as the newest 81st TRW honorary commanders at the Bay Breeze Event Center Sept. 29, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The honorary
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