Keesler Air Force Base
81st Training Wing
4503 M St, Biloxi, MS 39530
Keesler Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in Biloxi, a city along the Gulf Coast in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. The base is named in honor of aviator 2d Lt Samuel Reeves Keesler, Jr., a Mississippi native killed in France during the First World War. The base is home of Headquarters, Second Air Force (2 AF) and the 81st Training Wing (81 TW) of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). Keesler is also home to CNATTU Keesler (Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit), a training unit for U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps enlisted personnel receiving training at Keesler, such as enlisted meteorology training, with their Air Force counterparts.
Keesler Air Force Base is the “Electronics Training Center of Excellence” for the United States Air Force. The 81st Training Wing is host to 2nd Air Force, the 403rd Wing (AF Reserve) and the single largest employer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Keesler trains more than 20,000 students annually in 500 courses, with an average daily student load of more than 3,500. The 81st TRW is a lead Joint Training Installation, instructing not only Air Force, but Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and civilian federal agency personnel. The 81st TRW’s mission is to train, develop and inspire premier warfighters for the Air Force! The 81st TRW executes the AETC mission, “Develop America’s Airmen today…for tomorrow” with the vision: “The preeminent enterprise delivering innovation and mission-ready warfighters!”
A shuttle bus can transport you to most locations on base. Please check with Base Transportation for information on routes and schedules. There is a shuttle for TDY students who must billet off base. Please check with Billeting and/or Base Transportation for information on pick up times at your hotel in the morning and times it can return you to your hotel in the afternoon.
The AETC Sponsorship Program (AETCI 36-2104) mandates appointment of a sponsor for all military personnel below the grade of colonel and civilian equivalents. Your sponsor is responsible for mailing the welcome package, contacting you and answering any questions you may have prior to your arrival. Your sponsor will help you and your family until you are settled in. If you have not heard from a sponsor, you should initiate contact with your unit for a sponsor no later than 30 days prior to departing your current location. If you experience any communication difficulties with your sponsor, please contact the unit Orderly Room or the Airman and Family Readiness Center’s main office, 228-376-8728 or DSN 312-591-8728.
Keesler maintains more than 700 temporary lodging units with a high occupancy rate. Contact them early and make your arrangements. Reservations can be made at the Inns of Keesler by calling 1-888-235-6343 or DSN 312-597-4900.
Relocation assistance is available in two locations. Our main Airman and Family Readiness Center office, Sablich Center Room 110, 228-376-8728 or DSN 312-591-8728, assists permanent party and the Airman and Family Readiness Center Annex, in Levitow Training Support Facility, 228-377-0155 or DSN 312-597-0155, is for students. Permanent party inbound services include: Child Care for PCS, individual relocation assistance, employment resources, community school directory, newcomer welcome packages, and sponsorship training. Permanent party outbound services include: Smooth Move workshops, individual outbound relocation assistance, spouse employment assistance, and Child Care for PCS.
Air Force Aid Society’s Child Care for PCS Program is 20 hours of free care available within 60 days of arrival provided through the Family Child Care Home Providers. Bring a copy of your PCS orders to the A&FRC and get the eligibility certificate. Currently, there are a limited number of providers but that situation is improving weekly. Remember to ask your losing base Airman and Family Readiness Center about Child Care for PCS.
There are approximately 5,100 active duty military, 1,625 civil service employees, 13,000 retirees, 4,763 family members and 2,700 contractors on Keesler Air Force Base.