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  • Maintainers propel mission

    The Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, is home to two flying units, the 815th Airlift Squadron “Flying Jennies” and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters.” These two aerial units combined have an inventory of 20 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, 10 being WC-130Js.
  • Director of psychological health assists with resilience, wellness

    Life can be great, but sometimes it’s not. People go through points in their lives where it can feel downright messy. Work demands, relationship conflicts, financial issues, and the loss of a loved one are just a few stressors people experience throughout this journey called life.During these dark times, people may need to talk to someone to get
  • Wing promotes new chief

    Thomas Lassabe, 403rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, receives his chief master sergeant stripes from Maj. Kelly Soich, 403rd AMXS commander, during a promotion ceremony held at the Roberts Consolidated Maintenance Facility July 13, 2019, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)
  • Employer Appreciation Day Nov. 2, nominate bosses now

    The 403rd Wing Employer Appreciation Day is Nov. 2, and the deadline for reservists to nominate their employers is Sept. 13.  The event provides employers of reservists an opportunity to see what their reservists do for their unit and Air Force Reserve as well as learn about some of their accomplishments as a Reserve Citizen Airman.  Employer Day
  • Hurricane Hunters takeoff for investigative mission

    The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, took off today to fly an investigative mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. The low level investigative mission is when the WC-130J Super Hercules aircrew flies between 500 and 1500 feet above the surface of the ocean to collect data that will help the National Hurricane Center determine whether potential to develop into a tropical system. If the system does develop, there will be follow on flights every six hours to monitor the progress of the tropical system.
  • Wing announces first quarter award winners

    The 403rd Wing announced its first quarter award winners for the Jan. 1 through March 31 period. Winners were chosen in the Airman, noncommissioned officer, senior NCO, company grade officer and civilian categories.
  • Commander focus: Airmen, readiness, innovation

    It’s been a month since Col. Jeffrey A. Van Dootingh took command of the 403rd Wing, leading 1,500 personnel and the only Air Force Reserve C-130J Super Hercules equipped wing.It’s not his first time on the Gulf Coast, having served here as the 403rd Operations Group commander from February 2012 to June 2013 responsible for the only weather
  • Out with the old, in with the new: Aircrew gets new anti-smoke goggles

    For more than 20 years the ASGs have been a basic four part system, until now. With innovation, the new ASGs are now a three-part system. The suspension frame itself is still made the same with the nape pad attached, while the goggles and oxygen mask portion have been upgraded.
  • Accountability through technology

    The Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, aka AFPAAS, is a notification system designed to inform Airmen and their families who are directly affected by major emergencies, such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes and evacuations due to these natural disasters or crisis events.
  • One door closes, another opens for Hinesville Air Force sisters

    The Rountree sisters of Hinesville, Georgia, have more than 40 years of combined Air Force service and have been serving together since 2003. That’s about to change as one sister prepares to retire and the other takes on a new challenge.The daughters of Joe and Joevelyn Rountree, Jr., Chief Master Sgt. Stephanie R. DeSouza and Lt. Col. Tara L.