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  • Air Force seeks Airmen’s innovative ideas

    Most innovative ideas come from the belief that a certain process or an apparatus’ function can be improved upon.Some may think working in the military means strictly abiding by the uniform processes they were taught regardless of whether they are at their most efficient or not, but such is not the

  • Hurricane Hunters: navigators guide through storms

    The 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, is the only Department of Defense organization that flies weather reconnaissance. In this specialized unit of Reserve Citizen Airmen, a crew is made up of a minimum of five members consisting of a

  • Trujillo assumes command of 403rd Mission Support Group

    Lt. Col. Reginald Trujillo assumed command of the 403rd Mission Support Group at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., during the Unit Training Assembly at the 41st Aerial Port Squadron Aug. 8.The ceremony was presided over by 403rd Wing Commander Col. Jeffrey A. Van Dootingh who also handed over the 403rd

  • Wing update on August UTA

    As part of ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the 403rd Wing is having a virtual Unit Training Assembly this month for Airmen who do not have in person appointments or readiness requirements.The August UTA was originally scheduled for 7-9, but the 7th is now optional.Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen

  • CARCAH key to coordination, storm support

    Coordination—it is the key to any successful organization or event; and, when that event happens to be a hurricane, which requires aerial reconnaissance to gather life-saving weather data for forecasts—it’s imperative.In order for the Hurricane Hunters, whether that’s the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd

  • Hurricane Hunter sets unit record for eyewall penetrations

    In the Air Force, the number 341 typically elicits an unpleasant memory. Like that time someone in your group of three marching at basic military training forgot to put their cover on, so you all were vehemently reprimanded by a military training instructor and had your 341 pulled.Or that time you

  • Hurricane Hunters fly first Pacific hurricane

    The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrews flew five weather reconnaissance missions into Hurricane Douglas, the first hurricane in the Pacific, July 24-27, 2020, collecting data to assist Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters.The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the

  • Hurricane Hunters deploy to Hawaii to fly Hurricane Douglas

    Aircrews with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters,” an Air Force Reserve unit assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, are scheduled to fly data-gathering missions into Hurricane Douglas out of Barbers Point Kapolei Airport, Hawaii, starting July 25.

  • Joint Forces: Reserve, Guard train for care in the air

    From broken bones, burns to head trauma, loss of limbs and more; Aeromedical Evacuation teams see more than their fair share of battle injuries. Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and Mississippi Air National Guardsmen from the 183rd AES collaborated for a three-day

  • Wing of Choice awarded Outstanding Unit honor

    The Air Force Reserve Command recently announced the 403rd Wing’s award for the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service from 2015-2017.The award dates back to 1954 and is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to units displaying superior performance.“This award