Keesler hosts Operation Hero

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Keesler Air Force Base will host its bi-annual Operation Hero event here at the corner of 2nd St. and E St. Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This event gives Keesler's dependent children the opportunity to experience what a deployment is like for their parents.

Participants will receive a T-shirt, dog tags and a pre-deployment as well as medical checklist to complete during the event. They will visit a war paint area before “deploying” to an undisclosed location. Children will then have the opportunity to try on a gas mask, carry “patients” in litters, see a military working dog demonstration, ride a train and view several military vehicles.

Media interested in covering the event should RSVP to the Public Affairs office no later than noon Oct. 12. Call (228) 377-1179 or email