Posts Tagged ‘Keesler Air Force Base’

Cochran looking to pull more Coast voters in runoff

PASCAGOULA — Hundreds of workers arrive at sunrise at the Ingalls shipyard on the Gulf Coast, and there to greet them are a dozen campaign volunteers with fliers and signs that say, “Save our Jobs.” In the middle is a small, white-haired man shaking the hand of anyone willing to take his own. “I’m Thad […] [...]

Report: Keesler’s economic impact exceeded $1B last year

BILOXI — Keesler Air Force Base’s total economic impact for fiscal year 2013 was more than $1.1 billion. The figure was finalized as base officials completed the annual process of data assimilation and validation. In addition to employee payroll figures and construction and purchases ($592 million), the total economic impact includes military retiree pay and […] [...]

Air Force delays plans to shift aircraft from Keesler

BILOXI — Air Force Reserve Command headquarters has announced a delay of plans to move 10 C-130Js from Keesler Air Force Base to Pope Airfield, N.C. Keesler officials said in a news release yesterday received by the Sun Herald the movement of planes from 815th and 345th airlift squadrons was scheduled for Oct. 1, but […] [...]

Short-handed Hurricane Hunters face challenges, tough choices

BILOXI — The commander of the Hurricane Hunters says the squadron is facing some tough choices as to which storms they fly into and how often. “Three we can’t do. Two I can do for a short time,” Col. Craig LaFave, commander of the 403rd Reserve Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, tells […] [...]

Keesler AFB’s impact is measured in more than dollars

Keesler Air Force Base’s presence in Biloxi and South Mississippi is so extensive that it has to be measured from several angles, including historical, economic and community service. The base is rooted in the region’s history, dating back to June 1941 when the War Department activated Army Air Corps Station No. 8, Aviation Mechanics School […] [...]

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State puts $2 million into effort to keep military bases

Mississippi’s state and local officials can tell you that defending the state’s military bases from closures can get expensive. The state spent a reported $60 million to $65 million in the 2005 round of base closings, an effort that helped to save such Mississippi military mainstays as Keesler Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, […] [...]

Perry headed to White House

by Published: April 12,2013

Tags: Keesler Air Force Base, Kyle Perry, military

Capt. Kyle Perry, a critical care nurse in the 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron intensive care unit at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, will soon join an elite medical staff when he becomes a member of the White House clinic. Perry reports there in October for the three-year assignment. The staff is led by the […] [...]

‘GMA’ features Burley

Mary Burley, a housekeeper at Keesler Air Force Base’s Fisher House, retired recently with 45 years of service to visitors at base lodging facilities. Burley was featured on “Good Morning America” as part of a feature series called “Giving Back” by Mississippi native Robin Roberts. [...]

Collins earns award

by Published: August 19,2012

Tags: American Red Cross, Bob Collins, Keesler Air Force Base

The South Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross has presented its first Humanitarian Award to Bob Collins. Collins, a military and Red Cross retiree, joined the South Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross after 23 years in the Air Force. He began as the director of service to military families and blood services […] [...]

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