Keesler enters HPCON Charlie, Wing UTA postponed

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  • By Lt. Col. Marnee A.C. Losurdo
  • 403rd Wing Public Affairs

The 403rd Wing postponed the March 28-29 Unit Training Assembly as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The 81st Training Wing implemented Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie for Keesler Air Force Base March 23, which restricts base access to mission essential personnel and activities only.

“These measures are required to ensure the health and safety of our community. Our focus remains on protecting our people while maintaining mission readiness,” said Col. Jeffrey A. Van Dootingh, 403rd Wing commander. “Commanders are authorized maximum flexibility to ensure our Airmen get a good year once UTAs resume.”

Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen should work with their supervisors and commanders to reschedule or excuse the UTA. Some telework options may be available, but inquire with unit leadership.

“The 403rd Wing will maintain a minimal local flying schedule to be reassessed every week and modified as the current medical situation dictates; our two mission essential tasks remain deployment preparation and weather reconnaissance,” said the wing commander.

Wing members are encouraged to take protective actions for themselves and those around them by practicing good hand washing, social distancing, and taking appropriate actions if feeling sick.

Airmen who may be experiencing any financial or medical hardships are encouraged to work with their supervisors and leadership and use resources such as Military One Source and Airman and Family Readiness.

For up-to-date base information, visit the 403rd Wing Website, the wing’s Air Force Connect App, and the Keesler AFB Health page at

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