Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Dedication Ceremony Honoring Col. (Ret.) Lawrence E. Roberts

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What:  The men and women of Keesler Air Force Base will dedicate the Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility to Colonel (Ret.) Lawrence E. Roberts

When: Friday, Aug 28 - 8:00 a.m. 

Keesler AFB, Hangar Road 

Background: The complex was built in honor of retired Col. Lawrence E. Roberts, who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen. Roberts, who flew Piper Cubs, Boeing B-25 Bombers, C-54 transports and F-86 fighter jets, was assigned to Keesler AFB in 1943 and adopted Biloxi, MS as his home until his death in 2004. Colonel Roberts also served as a maintenance commander here. He is the father of ABC News Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.

 Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers, 2nd Air Force Commander, Brig. Gen. Ian Dickinson, 81st Training Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. James Muscatell, 403rd Wing Commander and members of the Roberts family.

This $22.6 million "state of the art" facility will be used to maintain the C-130J six-bladed composite propeller, and many other significant aircraft maintenance capabilities.   

In April 2009, the 403rd Maintenance Group, moved into the newly constructed 123,243 square-foot consolidated maintenance facility.  Maintenance Airman have previously operated in building 4205, which was a hangar built in 1945 and damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  

A facility open house reception is scheduled to follow the ceremony.

MEDIA: Please call 228-377-2783 by 5 p.m. Aug 26, if you would like to cover this event. For immediate queries, call 228-669-7569.