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!”
Directions from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport: Follow Airport Rd to Washington Ave. Continue on Washington Ave. Take 48th St and Mill Rd to W Pine St Turn left onto W Pine St Follow E Pass Rd to Ploesti Dr in Biloxi Turn left onto Ploesti Dr
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.
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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Mississippi school, a child must be at least 4 years old by July 1st. Districts must offer prekindergarten to all children who are age 4 before July 1. Kindergarten entrance age is 5 on or before September 1 for 5-year-old kindergarten, or age 4 on or before September 1 for 4-year-old kindergarten. Children must attend in districts that offer kindergarten. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Mississippi Department of Human Services (601) 359-4500
Dedicated to serving others while providing a wide range of public assistance programs, social services, and support for children, low-income individuals and families. The agency seeks to empower families so they can become self-sufficient and responsible for their future success.
Mississippi Department of Health (601) 576-7400
Mississippi Humane Society (601) 596-2206
Mississippi Highway Patrol (601) 582-3529
Dental Headquarters (228) 376-0511
Housing Services Office (228) 376-8611
Information and Referral (228) 377-3818
Medical Appointments (228) 376-2550
On-base housing is available at Keesler Air Force Base. Visit Keesler Family Housing for more information.
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In Biloxi, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are cold and windy; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 89°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 94°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.2 months, from May 22 to September 28, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 89°F and low of 77°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 3 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 45°F and high of 60°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.0 months, from June 7 to September 8, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 58% on July 28. The drier season lasts 9.0 months, from September 8 to June 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 30.
The average cost of living in Biloxi, MS is 12% higher than the average of Mississippi and 8% lower than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Biloxi, MS, the price of goods and services are 10% higher than the average of Mississippi as well as 2% lower than the nation’s average.
Keesler Air Force Base is located in Biloxi, Mississippi in Jefferson County. Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos and resort hotels, with 24-hour gambling, concert entertainment shows, and several restaurants. The Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boat-building and seafood-processing. The Beauvoir Estate and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library explore the life of the Confederate leader. Offshore, Deer Island shelters pelicans and loggerhead turtles.
In the center of what fisheries biologists term “The Fertile Fisheries Crescent”, Biloxi offers some of the finest sports fishing along the entire northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Spotted seatrout, red drum, Spanish and king mackerel, flounder, snapper, grouper, sharks, and more are all available to anglers during the fishing season.
Some other points of interest include MGM Park, Biloxi Beach, Biloxi Bay Bridge, Ship Island, and Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.
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