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Keesler getting aeromedical evacuation squadron

The U.S. Air Force will move an aeromedical evacuation squadron to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, bringing 122 people.

Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation said Friday that the move should be complete by this fall.

The squadron has 40 officers and 82 enlisted people, and they transport patients from military operations and disasters. They also provide humanitarian aid.

No additional aircraft will be moved to Keesler.

Sen. Roger Wicker says the squadron will help make Keesler “a premier center of excellence for Air Force medical training.”

Kessler is already home to the 81st Medical Group, which operates the second-largest medical center in the Air Force.

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