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Mississippi man is awarded highest civilian defense medal

A Mississippi man has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest civilian honor. Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Tuesday presided over the formal presentation to John “Jay” Fulton Blount Jr., of Greenville, who is the second Mississippian to earn the Defense of Freedom medal. Blount, who was working as a civilian contractor in support of U.S. defense missions ...

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Helicopter pilot becomes 1st female Marine to pilot F-35 jet

A former commercial helicopter pilot has become the first female Marine to pilot the F-35, a next-generation joint strike fighter aircraft. The Island Packet reports Capt. Anneliese Satz completed her fighter jet training this summer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina. Satz trained in Mississippi, Florida and Texas over the past four years before arriving in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Electing champions for military assets important to mississippi

“The defense authorization act is one of the most consequential bills that Congress considers each year,” wrote Sen. Roger Wicker in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. “I championed several provisions in this year’s bill to advance our defense strategy and support the role that Mississippi plays in our national defense.”   Mississippi bases, guard and reserve units, and defense industries ...

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Camp Shelby at 100 still packs a wallop for defense and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE Each year more than twice the number of members of the military train at Camp Shelby than there are residents of Hattiesburg, population 47,566. About 125,000 people train annually there, with about 60 percent coming from the National Guard, and the remainder from the active military services including the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. That pumps ...

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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

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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