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  • Flag Day

  • 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 celebrates Pride Month

    As we celebrate Pride Month, we must remember that it wasn’t always acknowledged as a celebration.  On June 28, 1969, the community responded to a police raid that began at the Stonewall Inn, a bar located in Manhattan, New York, that served as a safe haven for the city’s gay, lesbian and transgender community. A year later, the first Pride parade was held at Stonewall, stretching fifteen blocks and bringing out thousands of supporters. “I’m such a fierce ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community because I believe in equality,” said Captain Jeanette C. Santos, 81st Operational Medical Readiness Squadron licensed psychologist. “I believe that every human being deserves to be respected, loved, and to have all of their rights, but this particular community has been marginalized and mistreated.”
  • Local vigilance through defense

    One of the Department of the Air Force’s roles in the National Defense Strategy is to provide global vigilance. Global vigilance can be described as the ability to gain and maintain awareness anywhere, provide warning to others, analyze and breakdown information from adversaries and communicate the data received to other agencies. To have global
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • Training the modern world

    In late 2018, the need for a commercial wireless internet system was identified as an emerging requirement by the Air Education Training Command to help expand learning opportunities for Airmen in training in and out of the classroom. The Learning Wi-Fi Service was identified as the solution and a proof of concept was operated at Keesler in early 2019. “The cybersecurity restrictions that are present on the Air Force Network made it impossible for students to get on the cloud and access training material outside of the classroom,” said Antonio Jo Matheu, 81st Communications Squadron chief technology officer. “The Learning Wi-Fi service provides commercial wireless internet to students, so they’re able to access their course curriculum from their personal devices.”
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