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  • Tracking Sally

    From tropical storm to hurricane, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron“ Hurricane Hunters,” flew nine missions into Sally to track the storm and gather data.­The 53rd WRS, an Air Force Reserve unit assigned to the 403rd Wing, started flying missions into then-Tropical Storm Sally from their home station, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi,
  • Here we go again: 403rd Wing evacuates aircraft, continues to fly Tropical Storm Sally

    The Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing started relocating aircraft today as Tropical Storm Sally makes its way towards the Gulf Coast. The wing’s 815th Airlift Squadron, a tactical airlift unit, flew their C-130J Super Hercules to Joint Base San-Antonio, Texas, and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, or Hurricane Hunters, relocated their WC-130Js
  • Base violence prevention integrator studies trends; educates Airmen

    In the middle of an office punctuated with pink accents, brimming with boxes of “swag” and an abundance of self-empowerment reading sits Tania Wiggins, her rosé hued hair contributing to the soft, welcoming tone of the room.While her presence and her surroundings and most of her life’s work scream delicate and inviting and safe, Wiggins suffered
  • 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 pilot, copilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance
  • 403rd LRS stays social while distancing

    Back in the old days – five months ago, before COVID-19, nobody thought twice about going to the gym, or doing a high-intensity interval training workout with 15 of their closest wingmen, or just … working in the office with the rest of their shop.The pandemic has taken its toll on normalcy in every facet, and in an Air Force Reserve Command unit,
  • Combating heat on the flightline

    The cool, new clothing item on the flightline are shorts authorized as an option for 403rd Maintenance Group and 41st Aerial Port Squadron members to wear instead of the Airman Battle Uniform or Operational Camouflage Pattern trousers.“Everyone who works outside, loves it,” said Senior Airman Robert Koltas, 403rd Maintenance Squadron propulsion
  • 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 MSG guidon in lieu of outgoing commander Lt. Col.
  • 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 failed to fill out all of your 341s in tech school,
  • 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 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi,
  • 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.
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