Update on Keesler Air Force Base

This morning at Biloxi’s Morning Call, Keesler Air Force Base officials gave an update on everything happening at the instillation.

With multiple city officials and community business leaders present, they spoke on new initiatives for Gold Star Families, things on base to help combat the high suicide rate among Air Force members and an update on what the Hurricane Hunters have seen this season from the 403rd Wing.

They also touched on how there is a possibility that the medical center could see some changes in the coming years. These changes include some possible loss of services and personnel.

Keesler is currently under a review that looks at the number of patients and doctors, cost of services, and then compares these numbers to criteria from Congress. 81st Training Wing Commander Col. Heather Blackwell said, “The study is currently undergoing. We have some people come and look at Keesler and look at the community and we provide as much data as we can. We will stand by and wait for the results of the study. We just appreciate what this community does for Keesler and we also want to make sure that we are good partners to give back to the community.”

After Keesler officials gave their update there was a performance by the base’s drill team for the community members present this morning.

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