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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 ...

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Navy’s new combat ship will carry Jackson’s name

The USS Jackson is an Independence-class littoral combat ship designed for near-shore operations.

By TED CARTER Jackson is joining the Navy, or at least its name is. The sea-going service will commission a 418-foot Independence-class littoral combat ship Dec. 5 in Gulfport as the USS Jackson. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Port of Gulfport’s West Pier at Mississippi Hwy. 90 and 30th Avenue. Perhaps not coincidentally, the official who names ...

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Shots reportedly fired at Camp Shelby again today


CAMP SHELBY — National Guard officials say shots have been fired for a second consecutive day near a military facility in southern Mississippi, but no injuries are reported. Lt. Col. Christian Patterson says that at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center reported shots fired into the air. Patterson describes it as the same ...

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A study with impact: Army contract gives USM one of world’s most advanced helmet-liner facilities


A unique, multi-disciplinary approach to research combining the skills of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Kinesiology and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is credited with the decision of the U.S. Army to award USM a $4.9 million contract for development and evaluation of a helmet liner designed to provide enhanced head protection for the military. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round


The sequester – you do remember the controversial budget sequester – has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling. If the deficit hawks win, military spending will be slashed, impacting military bases and industries throughout the nation. If military hawks win, deficit spending will grow, undermining GOP promises to balance the budget.   The likely outcome of this tussle is ...

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Cochran announces $220M helicopter contract in Miss.

COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says the U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is for the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. Congress approved $401.6 million overall for additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters in ...

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Mississippi State, VA strike historical partnership for health care services to veterans

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University and the U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs officials came together yesterday to celebrate their partnership, the first in U.S. history according to MSU, to provide specialized campus health services to veterans. “I think Sonny Montgomery would be very proud today,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “This university is known as being one of the ...

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Airport Authority says taxiway project makes military training safer

GULFPORT — The completion of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Taxiway B widening project will make the military apron more accessible for larger aircraft, according to the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority. The $3-million project improves safety by strengthening and widening the taxiway pavement for enhanced military operations making the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) more competitive for increased military activities ...

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DLA extends contract with Merchants Foodservice

HATTIESBURG — Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has extended its 18-year relationship with Merchants Foodservice to provide food and other products for the U.S. military in the Mississippi/Louisiana region. DLA awarded the subsistence prime vendor contract to Merchants for the next four years for the supply and distribution of food and non-food products. Terms were not disclosed. The contracting authority for ...

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Ingalls-built amphibious transport dock launches

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has launched the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha. The John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is the 10th amphibious transport dock built by Ingalls. The ship is used to land Marines and their equipment during military and humanitarian missions. Ingalls has built and delivered nine ships in the San Antonio class of ships with LPDs 26 ...

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