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.
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