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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 the value of volunteer services ...

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Moss Point riding leading edge with Northrop Grumman

MOSS POINT, Mississippi — If you want an industry firmly entrenched in the future, it’s hard to pick one better than unmanned systems. And if you want a leader in the field, Northrop Grumman is at the front of the high-tech pack. Northrop Grumman, which builds some of the largest and most capable unmanned aerial systems in the world, established a key production ...

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Ingalls gets contract modification for building destroyer

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded $601 million for construction of a destroyer, DDG 119, at its shipyard in Pascagoula. The destroyer is part of a $3.3 billion contract the Pascagoula facility was awarded last June to build five DDG 51 Class ships. The modification announced Friday also provides $79.4 million in advanced procurement funding for the fiscal ...

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Cochran seeking commitment from DHS for data center consolidation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is seeking confirmation that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to programs that promote cost savings while still meeting the nation’s domestic security needs — specifically pointing to the data center consolidation project at Stennis Space Center and advanced funding for U.S. Coast Guard ship procurement. Cochran serves on the ...

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Palmertree blocked from using public funds for legal defense

VICKSBURG — Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has ordered Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree to no longer use taxpayer money to pay for her attorneys’ fees, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Thomas opined that he believes the action before the court is a personal action by Palmertree and not an action in the fulfillment of her ...

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Keesler hospital earns energy-efficiency award from EPA

BILOXI — Keesler Medical Center has earned its second consecutive Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Award. Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cornum, 81st Medical Group commander, presented the 2013 award to facility manager Michael Chatham, 81st Medical Support Squadron, during a recent executive staff meeting. The general commended Chatham’s foresight during reconstruction of the facility following the August 2005 Hurricane Katrina ...

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Merchants Co. lands $12.3M military contract

HATTIESBURG — The Merchants Co. of Hattiesburg has been awarded to provide food and beverage services to the U.S. military. The contact, awarded through the Defense Logistics Agency, has a maximum value of $12.3 million. The company will provide services to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air National Guard. Merchants says it supplies fresh and ...

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Lawmakers back plan to shift personnel to Seabee base

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), are supporting a U.S. Navy plan to station additional personnel at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport this year. The Navy has informed the Mississippi lawmakers of its intent to relocate the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 (NMCB) to Gulfport, effective Oct. 1, to enhance ...

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Northrop Grumman begins production of five NATO drones

MOSS POINT — Northrop Grumman Corp. has started work on five drones to be delivered to NATO. Jim Edge, with NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency, and other leaders were on hand yesterday at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point for the start of production on the first drone. The Mississippi Press reports that Edge told the gathering that ...

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Pensacola-based company wins contract for air station demolition

MERIDIAN — A Florida company has been awarded a contract to demolish four buildings at the naval air station in Meridian. The Meridian Star reports that Gulf Coast Architectural Group Inc., based in Pensacola, got the contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. The initial task order for $117,879 was awarded for planning associated with the demolition. That work is ...

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