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Our Military at Keesler Air Force Base

Harrison County Our Military at Keesler AFB
Location

Biloxi, Mississippi, home of Keesler Air Force Base, is nestled against the coastline of the Mississippi Sound. Just to the south of Keesler is the Mississippi Gulf Coast, fronted with 26 miles of man-made beach. To the north lies the Back Bay of Biloxi. Fourteen miles to the west is the Naval Construction Battalion “Seabee” Base. New Orleans is about 90 miles to the west, while Mobile, Alabama, is about 60 miles east of the base.

Population

Keesler’s population includes 8,284 military and student personnel, 3,501 civilian personnel and 4,101 family members.

Base Size

The base encompasses 1,784 acres, including a training annex.

About Keesler Air Force Base

Keesler Air Force Base is the Electronics Training Center of Excellence for the United States Air Force. The base has been a major training center from its inception. During World War II, more than 142,000 aircraft mechanics and 336,000 recruits received training at the installation. Today, Keesler’s training center handles more than 28,000 students annually, with 400 courses covering 37 career fields. In its status as a lead joint training installation, Keesler trains not only Air Force personnel, but Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and other military and civilian federal agency personnel as well.

Keesler Air Force Base’s host unit is the 81st Training Wing. The base is also home to the 2nd Air Force, the 403rd Wing (Air Force Reserve) and the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron.

Keesler Air Force Base has overcome many obstacles and changed with the times, always meeting the needs of its mission as well as its reputation as a good neighbor. This commitment to excellence is reflected in the men and women of Team Keesler, extending well beyond the confines of the base and into the local community.

Economic Impact

Keesler Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2015 totaled about $1.67 billion. It is one of the largest employers in Harrison County with nearly 12,000 employees. In fiscal year 2015, Keesler Air Force Base had a military personnel payroll of $463.6 million and a civilian personal payroll of approximately $193 million.

History

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In early January 1941, Biloxi city officials assembled a formal offer to invite the U.S. Army Corps to build a base to support the World War II training buildup. The package included an early airport, the old Naval Reserve Park and parts of Oak Park sufficient to support a technical training school with a population of 5,200.

On March 6, 1941, the War Department officially announced that Biloxi had been selected. The War Department activated Army Air Corps Station No. 8, Aviation Mechanics School, on June 12, 1941. The new school would be named in honor of 2nd Lt. Samuel Reeves Keesler Jr. of Greenwood, Mississippi. Keesler had died during World War I while serving in France as an aerial observer assigned to the 24th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service. On Aug. 25, 1941, Army Air Corps Station No. 8 was officially designated as Keesler Army Airfield.

When the War Department activated Keesler Field, the local community thought it was getting a technical training center with a student population that might peak at 20,000. Not only was Keesler to house a technical training center, but it would also host one of the Army’s newest replacement or basic training centers. Keesler’s population almost doubled overnight.

The first shipment of recruits arrived at Keesler Field on Aug. 21, 1941. During World War II, the Army’s basic training program was little more than a reception process. At Keesler, basic training lasted four weeks, during which classifiers determined the type of follow-on schooling that each recruit would receive. Many stayed at Keesler to become airplane and engine mechanics, while others transferred to aerial gunnery or aviation cadet schools. By September 1944, the number of recruits had dropped, but the workload remained constant, as Keesler personnel began processing veteran ground troops and combat crews who had returned from duty overseas for additional training and follow-on assignments.

Technical training school officers and staff began arriving at Keesler Field in mid-July 1941. The new academic buildings were still under construction when the Airplane and Engine Mechanics School opened. Basic Branch students received instruction in five barracks buildings; Instructor Branch students were assigned to temporary classrooms set up in commandeered circus tents. In mid-1942, the Army Air Forces directed Keesler to focus upon the training of mechanics for B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Over time, Keesler gradually replaced the military instructors with civilian instructors, including many women. Generally unknown to most was the role that the Tuskegee Airmen and other black troops played at Keesler. In fact, more than 7,000 black servicemen were stationed at Keesler Field by autumn 1943. These soldiers included pre-aviation cadets, radio operators, aviation technicians, bombardiers and aviation mechanics.

In late May 1947, the AAF announced plans to move its radar school from Boca Raton, Florida, to Keesler. The radar school officially arrived Nov. 14, 1947, making Keesler responsible for operating the two largest military technical schools in the U.S. Meanwhile, in September 1947, the U.S. Air Force became an independent branch of the armed services. Keesler Field was officially redesignated as an Air Force base Jan. 13, 1948.

In August 1950, Keesler embarked on a major rebuilding program to upgrade its facilities across the board. The first phase of this project called for the construction of a new electronics laboratory, barracks and dining hall. In 1951, Congress appropriated an additional $44 million to complete Keesler’s reconstruction. Plans included four two-story academic buildings (later named Allee, Dolan, Thomson and Wolfe halls), a 352-bed hospital, modern family housing units and a three-story dormitory complex dubbed “the triangle” because of its distinctive layout.

Keesler’s modernization required more than expanded facilities. For example, Keesler began using television instruction methods as early as June 1953. In 1950, Keesler offered only 14 generalized courses, but by December 1959 that number had grown to 116, including vital U.S. Air Force programs such as the aircraft warning and control system.

In early 1956, Keesler entered the missile age by opening a ground support training program for the SM-65 Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile. In addition, school personnel were developing training methods for the newly adopted semi-automatic ground environment system, an integrated defense net intended to protect the United States from Soviet air attack. By 1960, the school at Keesler had earned a solid reputation for high-technology training, offering courses in radar, communications and electronics.

Keesler remained the largest training base within Air Training Command throughout the 1970s, and it continued to stay on the cutting edge of electronics technology, instructing students in new systems such as the worldwide military command and control system and the 407L radar system. The school was the country’s main supplier of electronics technicians. Keesler’s student load dropped to an all-time low after the Vietnam War ended, and Air Force officials responded to changing social conditions by re-examining the school’s teaching functions. As a result, Air Training Command inactivated the USAF School of Applied Aerospace Sciences on April 1, 1977, and replaced it with the 3300th Technical Training Wing, which activated the same day.

Beginning in 1984, school officials worked with Air Force Communications Command’s 1872nd School Squadron to develop prototype training programs using interactive videodisc technology, which soon supported a variety of Keesler interactive course offerings. Keesler’s Wall Studio interactive videodisc production capability was one of only two in the entire Air Force and supported many organizations Air Force-wide. With base closures forcing an end to technical training at Chanute and Lowry Air Force bases, Keesler’s growing importance as a technical university would become even more firmly fixed. The first additions arrived in 1990, as Keesler acquired Chanute’s weather forecasting courses. Lowry’s metrology and precision maintenance electronics laboratory training program followed in 1992-1993.

Restructuring efforts similarly affected units assigned to Keesler Technical Training Center. In February 1992, Air Training Command redesignated the base’s host unit as the Keesler Training Center. The 3300th Technical Training Wing was downsized to become a group, and its component technical training groups became squadrons. The 3305th Student Group also inactivated along with its subordinate squadrons.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the 81st Training Wing and Keesler Air Force Base were one of the largest technical training wings in the U.S. Air Force and in Air Education and Training Command. The 81st Training Wing has trained thousands of airmen and hundreds of Air Force officers as well as military members from the Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and allied nations.

Organizations

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2ND AIR FORCE

The 2nd Air Force’s mission is to produce the world’s best-trained, combat-ready forces. To do so, the 2nd Air Force manages all operational aspects of nearly 2,700 active training courses taught to about 150,000 students annually in technical training, basic military training, initial skills training, advanced technical training and distance learning courses. Training operations across the 2nd Air Force range from intelligence to computer operations to space and missile operations and maintenance.

Courses are primarily taught at four resident training wings: Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi; Goodfellow, Lackland and Sheppard Air Force bases, Texas; and a training group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; as well as a network of 92 field training units around the world. The 2nd Air Force also oversees all U.S. Air Force airmen throughout the joint expeditionary tasking and individual augmentee training pipeline at Army training sites across the country and provides a 24/7 operations center for pre- and post-deployment support.

81ST TRAINING WING

The 81st Training Wing’s mission is to train airmen across the spectrum of warfighting skills and deliver overwhelming combat power for the Air Force. The wing replaced the Keesler Training Center in July 1993, taking on the mission of specialized technical training in electronics, avionics, computers, operations, maintenance, weather, radar, precision measurement, network controllers, and personnel and information management for the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, other DOD agencies and foreign nations. The wing has three groups: the 81st Training Group, the 81st Mission Support Group and the 81st Medical Group.

The 81st Training Group is one of the largest technical training groups in the Air Force. Most of the students have no prior service, and many come into the Air Force straight from high school. These young students learn cutting-edge technologies that support America’s war-fighting capabilities. Training includes weather, basic electronics, communications electronic systems, communications computer systems, air traffic control, airfield management, command post, air weapons control, precision measurement, education and training, financial management and comptroller, information management, manpower and personnel, radar, ground radio and cyber training.

The 81st Mission Support Group provides necessities such as lodging, meals, utilities, security and fire protection. The group ensures that Keesler has the best environment possible for its students and personnel.

The 81st Medical Group provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical and dental services to DOD beneficiaries.

The 81st Training Wing also travels abroad. The wing is mobile and takes combat and noncombat capabilities to wherever they are needed. The wing deploys personnel to more than 50 locations around the world. Security forces, medical personnel and transportation specialists are among the groups most tasked.

85TH ENGINEERING INSTALLATION SQUADRON

The 85th Engineering Installation Squadron of the 688th Cyberspace Wing is the Air Force’s only active-duty engineering installation squadron. The almost 200 Air Force Space Command airmen and civilians of the 85th EIS can design, engineer and install the full range of communications and information equipment and components typically found at a fixed site and other specialty systems unique to expeditionary forces. They are also the only organization in the DOD to provide specialized engineering services such as electromagnetic hazard and interference investigations and high-altitude electromagnetic pulse protection. During contingencies, the 85th EIS can deliver their unique skills to the war fighter within 72 hours anywhere in the world, which is why their motto is “With Pride, Worldwide!”

403RD WING

The 403rd Wing is the largest flying organization at Keesler, and the only Air Force Reserve command wing in Mississippi. With a military manning authorization of more than 1,400 reservists, including 250 full-time air reserve technicians, the wing performs dual missions: tactical airlift support during peace- and war-time contingencies and aerial weather reconnaissance supporting the Department of Commerce.

Arrival

Harrison County Keesler Our Military arrival

See the Getting To & Around Harrison County chapter on Page 27 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport, about 15 miles from the base. Transportation is not provided to the base.

SPONSORSHIP

Contact your sponsor and advise them of your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at Keesler Air Force Base.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Keesler Air Force Base. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 228-376-8728.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

From Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Travelers leaving from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, New Orleans International Airport and anywhere west of Keesler Air Force Base should take Interstate 10 east. Proceed to Interstate 110 south and follow signs to Keesler Air Force Base.

From the East

Travelers leaving anywhere east of Keesler Air Force Base should take I-10 west and proceed to I-110 south. Signs on the interstate will direct you to the I-110 connector that leads to Biloxi and Keesler Air Force Base. Exit I-110 at U.S. 90 west and take U.S. 90 west to the second traffic light, White Avenue, then turn right. White Avenue directs you to the main gate.

You will travel straight into the base on Larcher Boulevard. Tyer House, where you check in for lodging, is the 24-hour arrival point. Tyer House can be located by driving straight on Larcher until you come to the medical center; turn left and Tyer House will be on your right. Upon checking in, remember to contact your sponsor for additional direction and information.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Visitors’ Center, Pass and Registration

310 M. St., White Avenue Gate
Bldg. 4605 228-377-3844

When you arrive at Keesler Air Force Base, your first step is to contact your unit. Your supervisor or sponsor will direct you to Military Personnel Section and Force Management (Sablich Center, Room 121). You should bring your manila envelope (inprocessing and PCS package), which will include your field record, to this meeting. There you will be scheduled for the inprocessing and finance informational briefings and the Newcomer’s Orientation. Spouses are invited and encouraged to attend the Newcomer’s Orientation to learn about the base, community, environmental conditions, services and programs. Then report to your unit to inprocess.

If you arrive after duty hours or on a weekend or holiday, Tyer House is the official check-in point. Remember to call your sponsor and let them know you have arrived.

Technical Training Students

Technical Training Students (nonprior service) will arrive by airplane from Lackland Air Force Base. They normally arrive on Monday. All inprocessing for nonprior service students is in the Student Personnel Center in the Levitow Building. The first few days are filled with briefings and appointments that will keep students busy. Family members will not be able to spend much time together.

Air Force Reserve and Guard

The liaison office of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command is the focal point for all coordination, questions, situations, and health, welfare and morale issues of the ANG and AFRC 81st Training Wing. This office is in Bryan Hall. All ANG and AFRC students will inprocess and outprocess directly with this office.

TEMPORARY HOUSING

Inns of Keesler

Fisher Street
Bldg. 470 228-374-0088
https://keesler81fss.us/Lodging2.html

The Inns of Keesler is an 875-room lodging facility that occupies 16 buildings across Keesler Air Force Base. Reservations for temporary lodging facilities can be made as soon as you receive your orders. The Inns of Keesler (also known as Tyer House) offers a full range of options, and limited pet-friendly quarters are available.

If you are relocating to Keesler during the high PCS months, May through August, it is advisable to reserve space at least 60 days in advance.

Getting Settled

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HEALTH CARE

81st Medical Group

Keesler Medical Center
301 Fisher St.
Appointments 800-700-8603
Emergency 228-376-0500

The 81st Medical Group operates one of the largest Air Force medical facilities in the Air Force. Its primary mission is to maintain medical readiness for worldwide contingencies by providing quality, cost-effective health care for more than 27,000 enrollees, including almost 7,500 active-duty members. In addition, the 81st MDG commander oversees the Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military medical treatment facilities from Mobile, Alabama, to New Orleans, coordinating care for 80,000 eligible beneficiaries along the Gulf Coast.

The group has multiple locations to provide care ranging from mental health to radiology, family advocacy to lab work. For information on locations, hours of operation and procedures visit the website.

Keesler Dental Clinic

Bldg. 824 228-376-0511

Active-duty military personnel are given priority for dental care services. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. For information about the TRICARE Dental Program, visit www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for active duty and retirees of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize the delivery of health care services in the military’s direct care system for all military health system beneficiaries and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction through the delivery of a world-class health care benefit.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. The TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas in regions outside of the United States.

Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager when moving within the same region, or submit a new Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.

Where you are moving will determine which Prime option you will enroll in. If you move to a new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment by submitting a TRICARE Prime enrollment and primary care manager change form to your regional contractor. Be sure to include all family members who wish to use Prime on the form.

TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service members are required to enroll in one of the Prime options. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available throughout the United States, and enrollment is not required. Any active-duty family member who is registered in DEERS may use these programs by seeing any network or non-network provider that is authorized by TRICARE.

If you’re already using TRICARE Standard and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS immediately. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area.

Here are a few things to remember about using TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:

  • In the U.S., visit your new regional contractor’s website for a list of providers. Remember, if you see network providers, you’ll be using the Extra option and pay lower copayments.
  • If you move to a new region, you’ll have a new claims address for submitting your TRICARE claims.
  • Learn your new region’s prior authorization requirements as these requirements may differ by region.

For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil.

HOUSING

Housing Management Office

300 Patrick Drive 228-376-8615

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Keesler

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

The Keesler Air Force Base Housing Management Office is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. When you arrive at Keesler Air Force Base, visit the HMO to receive invaluable information, counseling and guidance prior to entering into a written lease or a rental or sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

508 Sixth St. 228-377-1730

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Keesler

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living.

The permanent party unaccompanied housing campus at Keesler Air Force Base consists of four permanent party dormitories, to include one surplus (space available). The configuration of three of the dormitories includes a private living and bedroom area and a shared bathroom with amenities such as laundry facilities, dayrooms, a volleyball court, a basketball court and gazebos.

The fourth dorm, built in 2011, provides 144 rooms in a module configuration with four separate living and bedroom areas with private bathrooms and a shared area that includes socialization, kitchen, laundry and utility space. Amenities for this dorm include a laundry facility, a living room, a kitchen, horseshoe pits, a volleyball court, a basketball court and a gazebo.

Unaccompanied airmen in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service will move into housing in the local community.

Keesler Family Housing

300 Patrick Drive 228-374-5336

www.keeslerfamilyhousing.com

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday

At Keesler Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may now choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community.

For comprehensive information about homes and amenities available in the Keesler privatized housing community, visit the Keesler Family Housing website.

MAIL

Post Office

201 Meadows Drive

Biloxi, MS 39534 228-374-7276

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The full-service post office on base provides window service weekdays, and the lockbox lobby is always open. To receive mail for general delivery, use the following address:

Your Name and Rank
General Delivery
Keesler AFB, MS 39534

If you plan to reside in the dormitory permanently, request a PSC mailbox in advance. Send your sponsor a copy of your orders and request the sponsor obtain a PSC box assignment from the center for you. A locator card must be filled out to receive mail at the general delivery address.

PETS

Veterinary Services

Bldg. 408 228-376-7495

Keesler’s veterinary clinic offers immunizations, heartworm testing, microchipping and outpatient services to dogs and cats only. Health certificates are also available for animals that will be traveling. Services are by appointment only. All pets residing in base housing must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility within 10 days of arrival. Proof of rabies immunization is required of all cats and dogs over 4 months of age at the time of registration.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

Keesler Base Chapel

311 Larcher Blvd. 228-377-4859

The wing chaplain provides a wide variety of programs for all age groups, including worship services, religious education, choirs, Bible studies, retreats, counseling, marriage enrichment, and family and personal development activities. Keesler also has a benchmark technical training student ministry program.

Religious services are available for members of all faiths, including Roman Catholic, Protestant, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Islamic and Jewish services. Programs are conducted in Triangle Chapel, Larcher Chapel, Keesler Medical Center Chapel and the Fishbowl Student Center. For more information on worship services and activities, visit the chaplain’s website.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

There is no longer a requirement to register your vehicles with Keesler Air Force Base. All privately owned vehicles on base must be insured, and a current license plate is required. Mississippi state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Harrison County chapter on Page 27 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

Serving You

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DINING

For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visit https://keesler81fss.us/Dining-Fac2.html.

11th Frame Cafe

Bldg. 1203 228-377-2036

Azalea Dining Facility

611 Parade Lane
Bldg. 6960 228-377-3409

Legends Cafe

107 Galaxy St.
Bldg. 7503 228-377-2424

Live Oak Dining Facility

505 E St.
Bldg. 2001 228-377-3854

Magnolia Dining Facility

216 Ploesti Drive

Bldg. 7409 228-377-4368

EDUCATION

Education Office

500 Fisher St. 228-376-8708

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

The education office provides educational opportunities as well as academic counseling and testing services to members of Keesler Air Force Base. Visit the base’s education website for more information on tuition assistance, education office events and academic services.

On-base degree programs are available from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Active-duty members, their spouses and dependents are eligible for in-state tuition rates to Mississippi public colleges and universities while assigned within Mississippi.

FAMILY SUPPORT

Airman & Family Readiness Center

500 Fisher St.
Bldg. 701, Room 110 228-376-8728

https://keesler81fss.us/AFRC.html

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

The Airman & Family Readiness Center is a one-stop information and referral center and is the cornerstone of the Keesler family support system, helping airmen and their families enhance their quality of life. Programs include employment assistance and workshops, financial counseling, military and family life counseling, relocation assistance, transition assistance and more. For detailed program information, visit the A&FRC website.

Child Development Center

604 J. St.
Bldg. 308 228-377-2211

https://keesler81fss.us/CDC2.html

6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Keeler’s Child Development Center offers weekly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, and hourly care is available on a space-available basis with reservations. The center provides a safe, nurturing environment that promotes the social, cognitive, language and physical development of youngsters. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and follows standards set by the Air Force Services Agency.

Children of active-duty military personnel, DOD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors are eligible. Fees are based on total family income. Registration requires a completed DD Form 2606, immunization records, leave and earnings statements, and emergency contact info.

Exceptional Family Member Program

301 Fisher St. 228-376-4056

This program provides special-needs families with information and referral services.

Family Child Care

500 Fisher St.
Bldg. 701, Room 204 228-377-5935

https://keesler81fss.us/FCC2.html

Family Child Care provides an alternative to Child Development Center care for families that need evening care, weekend care, care for children with special needs, infants and school-age children, as well as care during swing and midnight shifts. The program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children.

FCC providers are well-trained, they and their family members undergo a thorough background check and their homes are inspected for fire, health and other safety requirements. In addition, their homes are monitored on a regular basis (at least monthly) by the program staff.

School Liaison Office

500 Fisher St.
Bldg. 701 228-376-8728

https://keesler81fss.us/AFRC.html

The school liaison office is the connection between Keesler Air Force Base families and private and public schools. The office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every opportunity for quality education.

Youth Center

603 J. St.
Bldg. 6801 228-377-4116

https://keesler81fss.us/YC.html

Youth programs at Keesler offer a wide variety of activities that focus on character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills,

the arts, informal youth sports, and fitness and recreation. Programs include the Find a Friend Program for newcomers, open recreation, music lessons, camps, Keystone Club Teen Leadership, an adventure club and more.

Hours vary for each program. Visit the website for information on upcoming events and program fees.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Keesler Air Force Base

Keesler Federal Credit Union
600 Larcher Blvd. 228-385-5500
www.kfcu.org

LEGAL SERVICES

Legal Office

500 Fisher St.
Bldg. 701, Room 227 228-376-8601

Legal assistance is available to military members, retirees and family members on personal, noncriminal legal matters. Attorney-client confidentiality is strictly observed. Types of services include: power of attorney, notary service, basic wills, living wills and assistance with divorce, child custody, landlord-tenant disputes, the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act and consumer affairs.

RECREATION

For information about the recreational programs at Keesler Air Force Base, visit the 81st Force Support Squadron online at https://keesler81fss.us.

Arts and Crafts Center

109 G. St.
Bldg. 5904 228-377-2821

https://keesler81fss.us/ArtsandCrafts2.html

Feeling crafty? Unleash your creativity using the center’s tools and tables for outlets such as ceramics, painting, engraving, shadowboxes, framing and more. Check the website for hours of each specific shop.

Auto Hobby Shop

109 G. St.
Bldg. 6005 228-377-3872

https://keesler81fss.us/Auto-Hobby-Shop2.html

Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Do your own automobile maintenance at the center using its stalls, lifts and tools. It also offers auto classes for do-it-yourselfers, and mechanics are available if you prefer to leave the repairs in expert \hands.

Bay Breeze Collocated Club

500 Ploesti Drive
Bldg. 6732 228-377-2334

https://keesler81fss.us/Club2.html

This all-ranks club overlooking the Biloxi Back Bay provides a great gathering spot for any event: birthdays, re-enlistments, anniversaries and more. The lounge serves food and beverages, and catering is available as well.

Bay Breeze Golf Course and Driving Range

500 Ploesti Drive
Bldg. 6732 228-377-3832
https://keesler81fss.us/Golf2.html
Open daily 7 a.m. to dusk

Get into the swing of things at this 18-hole, par-71 golf course featuring a driving range, pitching and putting greens, and a pro shop. Golf lessons are available upon request.

Fam-Camp

2003 Atkinson Road 228-377-9050

https://keesler81fss.us/FamCamp2.html

8 a.m. o 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Fam-Camp provides an economical way for families to hit the road and vacation. Reserve a spot for your RV and enjoy complete hookups for water, electric, sewer and cable. Visit the website for fees and more information on reservations.

Fitness Centers
Blake Fitness Center

1201 H. St.
Bldg. 1201 228-377-4385

Dragon Fitness Center

606 Chappie James Blvd.
Bldg. 4106 228-377-4409

Triangle Fitness Center

7504 Falcon St.
Bldg. 7504 228-377-3056

Health and Wellness Center

604 Chappie James Blvd.
Bldg. 4104 228-376-8579

https://keesler81fss.us/Fit.html

Three fitness centers and a health and wellness center offer so many programs, you’ll always be motivated toward your next workout. In addition to free fitness classes and a variety of cardio and weight equipment, the centers also feature racquetball courts, boxing rooms, massage therapy, intramural sports and more. Visit the website for information on hours of operation, fitness classes and more.

Gaudé Lanes Bowling Center

409 G. St.
Bldg. 1203 228-377-2817

https://keesler81fss.us/Bowling2.html

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Strike up some family fun at the bowling center. Shoe rental, bowling leagues, free Wi-Fi and a snack bar are available.

Information, Tickets & Travel

506 Larcher Blvd.
Bldg. 2306 228-377-3818/1658

https://keesler81fss.us/ITT2.html
https://keesler81fss.us/LeisureTravel.html

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

Find information and get military discount tickets for regional attractions, including local baseball games, Six Flags and more. Whatever travel destinations you seek, the ITT staff at the base exchange can help you plan your trips with assistance with airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even cruises.

Outdoor Recreation and Marina

625 Marina Drive
Bldg. 6734 228-377-3160

https://keesler81fss.us/OR2.html

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday

Outdoor recreation has equipment rentals, family camping, boat safety lessons, fishing excursions, paintball, disc golf, recreational vehicle storage, open air pavilions and more. Services are available to military personnel, retirees, DOD civilians, NAF employees and contractors.

Equipment rental is one of the most popular programs, offering everything from lawn and garden items to camping and boating equipment, as well as sports gear and tools.

Vandenberg Commons

107 Galaxy St.
Bldg. 7503 228-377-3308

Club V 228-377-2424

https://keesler81fss.us/VCommons.html

Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Club V weekend dances: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday (NPS students only)

The Vandenberg Commons hosts the community center, Club V, Legends Cafe and the McBride Digital Library. The center features a ballroom, a game room with video gaming consoles, a 46-seat movie theater, an outdoor lounge, a pool room, a recreation room and more.

SHOPPING

Commissary

508 Larcher Blvd. 228-377-4288

www.commissaries.com

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Save your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the Keesler commissary. In-store amenities and specialties include an ATM, a bakery, custom photo cakes, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, a hot foods department, plants and rotisserie chicken.

Exchange

www.shopmyexchange.com

The Keesler exchange wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours of operation for services outside of the main exchange vary, so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Main Exchange

506 Larcher Blvd.
Bldg. 2306 228-435-2524

Exchange Restaurants

Arby’s no phone
Charley’s Grilled Subs 228-435-1191
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 228-206-0232
Starbucks 228-435-3661
Taco Bell 228-435-1191

Services

Barbershop 228-436-9505
Firearms no phone
GameStop 228-436-9728
GNC 228-432-2594
Military Clothing Store 228-435-3579
Mobile Center 228-432-8243
Nail Salon 228-374-9350
Optical Center 228-435-4418
Optometry 228-432-8272
Stylique Salon 228-432-8765

Express with Class Six

Building 1510 228-432-2404
Barbershop 228-435-7590
Enterprise Car Rental 228-436-9248
Firestone Auto Care 228-436-7701
Popeyes 228-432-2019

Triangle Mini Mall Express

Building 6970 228-436-6608
Barbershop 228-432-7224
CZee Cyberzone no phone
GNC 228-435-1000
Laundry and Dry Cleaning 228-374-6993
Military Clothing Store 228-435-3579
Stylique Salon 228-432-8765
Subway 228-374-2843

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