Welcome to Keesler AFB

Welcome to Keesler AFB! Keelser Air Force Base is in Biloxi, Mississippi. Biloxi is a small city of about 45,000 people, surrounded by several other middle-sized communities. Biloxi is a Gulf Coast city, just a few miles off the shore.

The base was first established in January of 1941 when the United States Army needed a base to support the pre-World War II training buildup, and named after 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Reeves Keesler, Jr. a Mississippi native and an aerial gunner who was killed in France in World War I in an action that earned him a Silver Star.

The base was not only an air corps training center, it was a general and basic training center. Soldiers training at Keesler included basic, pre-aviation cadets, radio operations, bombardiers, and aviation mechanics. Possibly the most famous people trained at Keesler were the ground crew of the Tuskegee Airmen, several all-black units went on to an extraordinary military record in the European Theater.

After World War II, Keesler gained a Radar School arrived and Keesler then operated the two largest military technical schools in the United States. This training load was gradually transferred to other bases in the Air Force, and Keesler Air Force Base became the primary training ground for electronic career fields, including Electronic Warfare, Navigational Aids, Computer Repair, and Ground Radio Repair.

The host unit at Keesler is the 81st Training Wing, which trains personnel in the field of meteorology, weather analysis, tropical cyclone forecasting, basic electronics, airfield management, air weapons control, financial management and comptrolling, radar operations, and air traffic control. The 81st is the main unit on the base and trains as many as 4,700 students on the base at one time. The subordinate 81st Medical Group is the second largest medical center in the Air Force Base and is located at Keesler Air Force Base.

Weather in the Keesler Air Force Base area tends to be hot in the summer with temperatures in the 80s and cool in the winter with the temperatures in the 50s. Annual rainfall in the area is 64 inches with the wettest month being July.

In August 2005, Keesler sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina, and due to the storm surge about 50% of the base was under water. Evacuation had taken place, but the commissary, Base Exchange, and base housing units were flooded with more than six feet of water. Keesler Air Force Base is one of the largest technical training wings in the AETC.

Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Ocean Springs, Biloxi, and Gulfport. Apartments rent for an average of about $775 a month, and houses sell for an average of about $160,000. OLD Keelser is a U.S. Air Force Base located in Biloxi, Mississippi. The base was first established in January of 1941 when the United States Army needed a base to support the World War I training buildup. The base was named after 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Reeves Keesler, Jr. who was a Mississippi native and an aerial gunner who was killed in France in World War I. The Tuskegee Airmen were trained at Keesler. Soldiers trained at Keesler include pre-aviation cadets, radio operations, bombardiers, and aviation mechanics. After World War II, the Radar School arrived and Keesler then operated the two largest military technical schools in the United States. Keesler Air Force Base was the primary training ground for such career fields as Electronic Warfare, Navigational Aids, Computer Repair, and Ground Radio Repair. The 81st Training Wing trains personnel in the field of meteorology including weather analysis, radar operations, air traffic control, and tropical cyclone forecasting. The 81st is the main unit on the base and trains as many as 4,700 students on the base at one time. The 81st Medical Group is the second largest medical center in the Air Force Base and is located at Keesler Air Force Base.

Weather in the Keesler Air Force Base area tends to be hot in the summer with temperatures in the 80s and cool in the winter with the temperatures in the 50s. Annual rainfall in the area is 64 inches with the wettest month being July. July is also the warmest month, and January is the coldest. Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Ocean Springs, Biloxi, and Gulfport. In August 2005, Keesler sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina, and due to the storm surge about 50% of the base was under water. Evacuation had taken place, but the commissary, Base Exchange, and base housing units were flooded with more than six feet of water. Keesler Air Force Base is one of the largest technical training wings in the AETC.
 
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Welcome to DoD Housing Network. We provide the resources for you to make an educated housing decision upon your PCS arrival to Keesler AFB. Whether you decide to stay on base in Keesler AFB housing or use your basic allowance for housing (BAH) to rent or purchase a home in the community surrounding Keesler AFB, our relocation tools will help you make the right choice. Feel free to browse the homes for rent, homes for sale by owner (FSBO) and featured real estate, as well as the local businesses that work with Keesler AFB inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand Keesler AFB and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to Keesler AFB please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to base. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.

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