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  • C-130J Hercules displays interoperability at Berlin Air Show

    It was interoperability in action at the Berlin Air Show on May 17 when a medium extended air defense system was loaded onto a C-130J Hercules. The system is designed as a lightweight launcher capable of shooting down aircraft, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. It was a new missile system on a new cargo plane, and it was a perfect fit as the
  • C-130J featured at Berlin Air Show

    U.S. Army and Air Force aircraft stationed in the United States, England and Germany, including a C-130J Hercules from the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. are among 10 U.S. aircraft supporting the Berlin Air Show. The Keesler crew doesn't have the only heavy transport at the show. A C-17 Globemaster III crew from Charleston Air Force
  • Maintainer Impresses Senior Leaders

    Almost as soon as they got off the aircraft, top U.S. military leaders were shaking the hand of a tall Reservist from Keesler who made an even bigger impression during his deployment to the Middle East. About the same time most Reservists here were facing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 1st Lt. Bo Shelton, an officer with the 403rd Maintenance
  • The End of an Era

    Even before the last WC-130H left the runway, a row of empty lockers was already forming at the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. These lockers held crew equipment for the Hurricane Hunters’ flight engineers, who are all moving on as this legacy era closes out for the 403rd Wing. During the 2005 hurricane season the wing finalized transition to
  • Bird Bath

  • Businessman Brings Opportunity to Gulf Coast

    Alex Parker, a WWII veteran and multimillionaire New Yorker, was busy negotiating the final details of contributing his second WWII memorial to Arlington National Cemetery when Hurricane Katrina swept through and devastated the Gulf Coast. Mr. Parker’s focus immediately shifted from building memorials to finding ways to create job opportunities for
  • 403rd Wing Receives First C-130J Super Hercules For 2006

    The 403rd Wing, received its first C-130J-30 airlifter for 2006. The aircraft was flown from Marietta Ga. to Keesler where it is now assigned to the 403rd Wing's 815th Airlift Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command's only C-130J combat delivery squadron. Flying the aircraft to Keesler was Maj. Gen. Michael Gould, commander of the 2nd Air Force. Gould
  • Disaster Diaries: NCO Goes Distance to Provide Assistance

    His commander calls him a “quiet hero.”  Tech. Sgt. Sonny Parker, a network infrastructure technician with the 403rd Communications Flight, has earned the gratitude of many for his actions in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina. It all began the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Biloxi area. As Sergeant Parker sat in traffic on a
  • Kitchen in a Box

    Napoleon once said an army marches on its stomach. That’s the basic idea behind the Air Force’s newest way to provide hot meals to troops in the field, the Single Pallet Expeditionary Kitchen. Five members of the 403rd Services Flight were recently trained on the SPEK at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. They were part of a group of 22 Reservists who