UPDATE: Keesler returns to normal operations after investigating suspicious package at medical center

Officials at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi said a suspicious package was found inside the Keesler Medical Center at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Thursday.

First responders evacuated the area where the package was found, and investigated the situation.

“Our first responders were well-equipped to handle this situation and worked diligently to ensure the safety of everyone on Keesler AFB and our communities,” said Col Heather Blackwell, 81st Training wing commander. “The incident site is under control and poses no danger at this time. I am very proud of their rapid and professional response.”

The package tested negative for hazardous material and the scene has been handed over to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for further investigation.

Keesler Medical Center and the surrounding area has returned to normal operations.

Base officials also advised personnel who use the base post office that if they receive any suspicious mail, to place the mail in a plastic bag and call 911 immediately.

“As soon as the incident occurred, our first responders implemented the emergency procedures we trained for,” said Col. Ryan Crowley, 81st Training Wing Mission Support Group commander. “We train and conduct exercises regularly in order to be as safe and prepared as possible. While the event was unexpected, our training for this type of scenario supports our capability to respond effectively and efficiently.”

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