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Mississippi airman drowns onboard Caribbean cruise ship

An Air Force major has drowned while on a cruise in the Caribbean. The Broward County, Florida, medical examiner’s office says 37-year-old Stephen Osakue drowned Friday on board a Caribbean Princess ship. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports ship personnel were unable to revive him. Cruise line spokesman Nagin Kamali said the death appears to be an accident. Osakue was ...

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If Raytheon gets jet contract, assembly plant in Meridian

Raytheon Co . says that if it gets an Air Force contract to build 350 training jets, its assembly plant will be in Mississippi. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company announced Monday that it has a shovel-ready site in Meridian. “We anticipate the Meridian facility will create hundreds of new jobs,” spokesman B.J. Boling said in an email. A Raytheon radar factory in Forest, Mississippi, ...

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Ex-mayor, businessman Chain dies at 84

HATTIESBURG — Former Hattiesburg mayor and businessman Bobby Lee Chain has died. He was 84. He died of cancer about 5:15 a.m. yesterday at Forrest General Hospital, his wife, Betty Chain, said. He was mayor from 1980 to 1986. The city’s airport and the technology building at the University of Southern Mississippi are named for him. His funeral will be ...

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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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Keesler commander leaving for overseas assignment

BILOXI — Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, 81st Training Wing commander, has been selected for a new assignment as director for logistics, installations and mission support at Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. According to a news release from Keesler, the general hasn’t received a report date yet, but a change of command ceremony is expected ...

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Runway construction at Columbus air base running ahead of schedule

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base officials say construction of a center runway is ahead of its projected late-August completion target. The Commercial Dispatch reports the work began in March and officials say it is about two-third complete. The $31.29-million project is the most extensive overhaul to the two-mile runway since it was built in 1959. The 300-foot-wide runway’s 10,000 ...

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Air force base to feel impact of deep budget cut

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The commander at Keesler Air Force Base says the base will ground planes and reduce training to deal with a 20 percent reduction in its budget. That’s the effects of the federal spending reductions, known as sequestration. The Sun Herald reports  Gen. Brad Spacy, commander of the 81st Training Wing, told a group Tuesday that the ...

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