403rd Wing
  • 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
  • Flying Jennies take part in D-Day 72nd anniversary events

    C-130's were seen flying over many towns, villages, and historical sites near here Friday in honor of the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day today.The U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 815th Airlift Squadron, along with 400 U.S. troops, participated in several ceremonial events Wednesday through Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the largest multi-national
  • Hurricane Hunters fly Bonnie, prepare to investigate storm in Caribbean Sea

    Hurricane season started early for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters who began flying storm missions May 27, five days before the official start of the season June 1.   The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, flew five missions into Bonnie, which started out as Invest 91L
  • Employers tour 403rd Wing, Keesler

    The 403rd Wing hosted 15 employers of Air Force reservists from across the nation as part of the Air Force Reserve Command Employer Appreciation Day May 20. Citizen Airmen nominated their employers for the event, which gave the employers the opportunity to learn about the missions of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Air Force Reserve
  • New maintenance stands cut C-130J inspection times

    Maintaining the C-130J Super Hercules fleet here became a more efficient process for the 403rd Maintenance Squadron Isochronal Inspection Dock.The ISO Dock received new maintenance stands April 14.The first aircraft to undergo an inspection using the new stands is enabling maintainers to test out their new equipment, said Master Sgt. Steven Dahl,
  • 403rd Wing hosts first Pilot for a Day

    Jon Bryant “JB” Orso poses for a photo while touring the Keesler Fire Department during the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day event April 26, 2016, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Orso, who served as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pilot for a Day is a
  • Boy becomes first 403rd Wing Pilot for a Day

    Nine-year-old Jon Bryant “JB” Orso of the Mobile, Alabama, area became the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day today. Orso, who was sworn in as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant this morning, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the U.S.A. Children's and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. The