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USM’s Maugh Funderburk selected for Keesler Honorary Commander Program

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, Vice Provost for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, has been selected to the 81st Training Wing Honorary Commander Program at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB). The Honorary Commander Program offers an opportunity for civic and community leaders to gain insight and experience about the U.S. Air Force and Keesler AFB operations and programs. ...

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Keesler Medical Center set to begin $74M renovation project

BILOXI — Construction is ready to begin on Keesler Medical Center’s $74 million renovation project. Officials expect the work to modernize health care delivery and enhance the overall patient experience for the Keesler Air Force base community. Col. (Dr.) Tom Harrell, 81st Medical Group commander, said, “The renovation will offer our beneficiaries a pleasing ambiance and, by locating clinics and ...

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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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Congressional delegation applauds Air Force's decision on Keesler, but not satisfied

BILOXI — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) along with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), are welcoming a U.S. Air Force decision to rescind personnel restrictions on the 815th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, and have indicated their continuing commitment to demand that the Air Force justify its targeting of the squadron for deactivation this ...

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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 Cochran,” the 76-year-old U.S. senator ...

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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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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 in Biloxi. The War Department ...

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