Keesler hosts diversity event "Pathways to Blue"

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Keesler Air Force Base will be hosting 250 cadets from Air Force ROTC detachments at Samford University, Tulane University, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, and University of Mississippi, April 15-16 as part of “Pathways to Blue”, a diversity outreach event hosted by 2nd Air Force, 81st Training Wing and the 403rd Reserve Wing at Keesler Air Force Base.

The cadets are receiving hands-on briefings on technical and flying operations and an orientation flight in support of the Air Force’s Diversity Strategic Roadmap program.

The main goal of the outreach event is to provide a glimpse and attract and recruit high-quality, talented, diverse individuals for critically manned career fields.

Mentors will provide one-on-one and small group instruction and advice about transitioning into certain career fields.

The two-day schedule includes orientation sessions in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), operations, and support areas such as cyber, Battlefield Airmen, medical, and aircrew flight operations.  The visit will also include T-6 and T-1 static displays, a C-130J orientation flight with the 403rd Wing, as well as, HC-130J static display and HH-60 orientation flights with the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M, and a C-17 static display from the 97th AW, Altus Air Force Base, O.K.

Media interested in covering this event should contact public affairs at 228-377-2783 or email: for more information.