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United States Air Force
500 Fisher St. RM110
Keesler AFB, MS 39534-2554
A bit below the national average of 100 at 86.
The Gulf Coast's hurricane season is June 1st - November 1st. It is mandatory for base housing residents to either evacuate to another location or go to an identified shelter when so directed. The base provides a wealth of information and offers frequent training to properly prepare individuals for the hurricane season.
Notes for Spouses of NPS Technical Training Students at Keesler
Concurrent travel is approved for Non-prior service airmen whose course length is 20 weeks or more. Please note, rentals are expensive in this area.
Cell phone use is strictly prohibited while driving on base.
UBLIC HEALTH DIRECTIVES FOR KEESLER AFB
Applicability: This includes service members, students, international students, DoD civilian employees, DoD contractors, and all other individuals on or accessing Keesler AFB.
a. Limit Gatherings. Keesler AFB official and unofficial mission- and service-essential activities are limited to no more than 25 people. Exceptions for mission- and service-essential activities must be approved at the Squadron commander or higher level, with proper physical distancing and sanitation protocols in place. Gatherings require the wear of face coverings, as directed below.
b. Physical Distancing. All members are to maintain a minimum of six feet distance from other members to the maximum extent practicable at all times.
c. Face Coverings. A cloth face covering or face mask is required to be functional, clean, and cover the nose and mouth at the same time. Masks recommended by the CDC include non-medical disposable masks, masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton), masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source), masks with two or three layers, and masks with inner filter pockets. Novelty or non-protective masks, masks with ventilation valves, or face shields are not authorized as a substitute for masks. Masks must fit properly (i.e., snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face). Questions regarding the face coverings provision of this order should be directed to the member’s chain of command. Squadron commanders or higher are authorized to resolve questions based on the intent of this order.
The major command at Keesler is the Air Education and Training Command. The 81st TRW's mission is to train, develop and inspire premier warfighters for the Air Force! The 81st Training Group is responsible for nearly 500 training courses both locally and at detachments and satellite locations. The 81 TRG Mission Statement: Advance Critical Mission Capabilities of the Air and Space Expeditionary Force... Warriors... Training Warriors... For Warriors!
Keesler is part of Air Education and Training Command, and our primary mission since 1941 has been training. The emphasis is on high-technology training in a number of fields, primarily in the electronics specialties. Technical resident courses include career fields such as personnel, information management, air traffic control, finance, manpower, communications-electronics maintenance, computer operation, maintenance and programming, weather, metrology, aircraft warning and control systems and radio operations. For a thorough history of the installation visit Keesler's homepage.
Biloxi - 45,968
Gulfport - 71,573
Ocean Springs - 17,900
D 'Iberville - 14,640
There are approximately 7,090 active duty military, 3,724 civil service employees, 114,094 retirees, 3,961 family members and 1,700 contractors on Keesler AFB.
Keesler AFB is located in Biloxi, Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. There are strong military ties throughout the area. Thirteen miles to the west is the Naval Construction Battalion "Seabee" Base. Additionally, there are large military contractors in the area. Keesler AFB is located approximately 1 hour east of New Orleans, LA; 1 hour west of Mobile, AL; and 3 hours south of Jackson, MS. The base operator's phone number is 228-377-1110, DSN 312-597-1110. For more information on the Biloxi area, visit the City of Biloxi webpage.
From Regional Airports
There are no flights arriving or departing on Keesler AFB. The closest commercial airport is the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport. Airlines servicing Gulfport-Biloxi Airport include: Airtran, Delta, Continental, and Northwest. Taxi Cabs do service Keesler from the airport and will cost an average of $30-$40.
There is also an airport in New Orleans approximately one hour west of Keesler AFB. New Orleans Airport (MSY) is served by most major carriers including American, United, and Southwest Airlines. Mobile, AL also hosts a regional airport and is approximately 1 hour east of Keesler AFB. There are no shuttle services from the New Orleans Airport; taxi fares are $200 or more.
Please contact your sponsor and advise them of your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at Keesler AFB.
From the West
Travelers leaving from the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport, New Orleans Airport, and anywhere west of Keesler should take I-10 East. Proceed to I-110 South and follow signs to Keesler Air Force Base.
From the East
Travelers leaving the Mobile Airport and anywhere east of Keesler should take I-10 West and proceed to I-110 South. Signs on the Interstate will direct you to the I-110 connector that leads to Biloxi and Keesler. Exit I-110 at U.S. 90 West and take U.S. 90 West to the second traffic light, White Ave, then turn right. White Avenue directs you to Keesler's main gate. You will travel straight into the base on Larcher Blvd. Tyer House, where you check in for lodging, is the 24-hour arrival point. Tyer House can be located by driving straight on Larcher until you come to the Medical Center, turn left and Tyer House will be located on your right. Upon checking in, please remember to contact your sponsor for additional direction and information.
A shuttle bus can transport you to most locations on base. Please check with Base Transportation for information on routes and schedules. 228-377-2430
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.