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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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USM offering accelerated nursing program to military service members

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a three-year grant in excess of $1 million that will allow the university to offer a specialized, accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program designed for former and active-duty military service members. “It’s a great match with what we have to offer with this program, because these young ...

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Winchester lands $50M ammunition contract from Homeland Security

OXFORD — Winchester Ammunition, which has manufacturing facilities in Oxford, has won a five-year contract to produce ammunition for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Olin Corp. and its Winchester division have been awarded a contract worth up to $50 million to produce ammunition at its Winchester Centerfire Operations in Oxford for two DHS agencies. “The Department of Homeland ...

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Highland Community Hospital signs agreement with Keesler Medical

PICAYUNE — Highland Community Hospital is now Keesler Medical Center’s 25th partner hospital in the National Disaster Medical System after representatives from the medical center and the Forrest General Health System signed an agreement at the Picayune medical facility. Douglas Jones, Forrest General Health System chief operating officer, and Col. (Dr.) Tom Harrell, 81st Medical Group commander, endorsed the agreement ...

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Northrop Grumman lands $354M Air Force contract for Global Hawks

MOSS POINT  — The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $354 million primarily firm-fixed-price contract to expand their RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet by three aircraft. Global Hawk operates multiple sensors simultaneously to gather intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data. The new aircraft are Multi-INT models that carry sophisticated imaging and electronic signals sensors ...

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Ingalls to celebrate completion of Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding will deliver its fourth national security cutter to the Coast Guard tomorrow. The 10 a.m. ceremony for the cutter Hamilton will take place aboard the vessel. Participants will include Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Rear Adm. Bruce Baffer and Capt. Douglas Fears, the Hamilton’s prospective commanding officer. Shipbuilders and crew members of ...

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