403rd Wing
  • 36th AES conducts first Keesler mission

    Imagine being strapped into the back of a C-130J Super Hercules on a litter, fighting to breathe while being whisked toward a hospital that can provide critical care. Not only are there pilots, navigators and loadmasters ensuring the aircraft makes it to the hospital safely, there are flight nurses and aeromedical evacuation technicians standing by to administer medical procedures, check equipment and respond to any emergencies that could arise during the flight. Today the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted their first training mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., practicing this very scenario.
  • Kansas City Chiefs’ cheerleaders visit Keesler

    Gold and red pom poms shimmered in the Southern sun when National Football League cheerleaders from the Kansas City Chiefs visited Keesler Air Force Base today. Cheerleaders Katrina, Tara, Sarah and Claire (team policy dictates that they don’t share their last names) were here as part of an event hosted by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service that included a tour of the base, a Chiefs’ Cheerleader clinic for children at the Youth Center and a fashion show at the main Exchange.
  • Long-time weather recon crewmembers retire

    A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft landed on the Keesler Air Force Base runway and taxied to its parking spot in front of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron where a crowd watched the engines shut down and the propellers come to a slow halt. Lt. Col. Troy “Bear” Anderson and Lt. Col. Valerie Hendry exited the aircraft and were promptly blasted with a fire hose, a tradition for aircrew members who’ve completed the last, or “fini,” flight of their career.
  • Keesler hosts director, actors of Deepwater Horizon

    Even though the cockpit of the WC-130J Super Hercules was sweltering in the Mississippi sun, actors Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson sat in the pilots’ seats, asking questions and reminiscing. “I haven’t sat in the cockpit of a plane with my dad since I was a little girl,” Hudson said.
  • 815th Airlift Squadron flies four-ship training mission

    The 815th Airlift Squadron “Flying Jennies”, an Air Force Reserve unit assigned to the 403rd Wing here, flew a four-aircraft training exercise today, their first multi-element training mission since the squadron found out in 2015 that it was no longer scheduled for inactivation. The 815th AS is a tactical airlift unit that uses 10 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to transport supplies, equipment and personnel in a theater of operation. The four aircraft flown for this mission were training on performing airdrops to a forward operating base and employing countermeasures to avoid enemy fire.
  • 403rd Wing activates new maintenance unit

    A new chapter began today with the activation of the 403rd Wing’s newest maintenance unit during a ceremony at the Consolidated Roberts Aircraft Maintenance Facility. Maj. Brian Horton assumed command of the 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, which is responsible for the inspection, repair, launch and recovery of the wing’s 10 C-130Js flown by the 815th Airlift Squadron, a tactical airlift unit that transports supplies, equipment and personnel in a theater of operation
  • Hurricane Hunters to fly Atlantic and Pacific missions this week

    Personnel with the Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi are flying missions in the Atlantic and Pacific this week.
  • Airmen help one another after Louisiana flooding

    “The water started seeping in through the walls. We woke up our son, put on his little boots, and put him up on the table.” Callie Lips, children’s book illustrator, her husband Tech. Sgt. Ricky Lips, 403rd Maintenance Squadron, and their two-year-old son were one of the 403rd Wing families affected by the flash floods that swept through Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 12. Tech. Sgt. Lips said that all the roads were closed, so they sheltered across the street with their friends who have a generator. When the power eventually came back on, they went home and went to sleep. They said something woke them up around 5 a.m. and they saw that the water outside was starting to rise, but they let their son sleep until it started seeping in through the walls.
  • AFRC celebrates 100 years of Reserve Air Power with C-130 special mission demo

    Congressional staff members embark on a 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron C-130 Hercules on the Joint Base Andrews, Md., flight line June 29, 2016. In honor of the 100th anniversary of U.S. air reserve power, congressional staff members were invited to an event showcasing special missions conducted by C-130s in the Air Force Reserve Command, to
  • Chief recalls Khobar Towers bombing 20 years later

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which occurred June 25, 1996. For one 403rd Wing member, that day proved to be a vivid and marked experience.Chief Master Sgt. Josephine Keller, 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron chief enlisted manager, was a senior airman at the time who had been