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  • 403rd Wing announces September promotions

    The 403rd Wing congratulates the following Reserve Citizen Airmen who were promoted for September 2020.Airman - Jhaven T. Fairley, 403rd Logistics Readiness Squadron - Rachel D. Roth, 41st Aerial Port Squadron Airman First Class - Emory A. Benoit, 403rd Force Support Squadron - Kelton D. Halsey, 403rd Security Forces Squadron - Jarvis E. Jackson,
  • 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,
  • Mission Support Group welcomes new superintendent

    Although COVID-19 has stopped some things such as large social gatherings and the past two Unit Training Assemblies, it didn’t stop the 403rd Mission Support Group from hiring the best candidate for their new superintendent position.Senior Master Sgt. Larry Anderson is that guy, and said he is looking forward to his new job.As the group
  • Hurricane Hunter squared

    “I can think back to when I was in pre-school,” said Ashley Lundry. “It’s one of those vague memories that you have. I remember one of the local meteorologists coming into my pre-school class, and she brought a board that had the magnetic weather symbols and talked about the weather. It was a female meteorologist, so I thought that was really cool
  • Master Sgt. Byrd takes last flight

    Master Sgt. Joe E. Byrd, an instructor for the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, took his "fini flight" during the 403rd Wing's unit training assembly March 7, 2020. Byrd will retire after 23 years in service. He started his career in 1978 when he served on active duty for 6 years, then, after a 19-year
  • Prior fighter pilot, now Port Dawg

    Staff Sgt. Jim Cagle is not your typical E-5 for a number of reasons. At 6 feet 2 inches tall, he literally stands out, but that is not it. With four stripes on his sleeve, less gray hairs and facial lines (though to be pushing 60 it could be worse) are expected, but that is not it either. When he is not at Unit Training Assembly skillfully maneuvering a plus-sized forklift for the 41st Aerial Port Squadron, he’s handling a much larger piece of machinery in the skies as a captain for American Airlines, but that is not it either. On his Facebook page are videos of him banging on the ivories and crooning along, but even that is still not what makes him so atypical.
  • Maintainer receives 10th annual Chief Gaffney Award

    Master Sgt. Robbie Kinman, an engine shop supervisor with the 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was awarded the 10th annual Chief Master Sgt. Charles R. Gaffney, Jr. Award during a 403rd Wing commander’s call here February 8.
  • 2019: Year in Review

    This year was just as busy as the last, with 403rd Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen participating in numerous deployments, hurricane support and training exercises.“From multiple deployments to humanitarian aid to community service, the 403rd Wing’s list of accomplishments is truly astonishing,” said Col. Jeffrey A. Van Dootingh, 403rd Wing commander.
  • New 403rd Wing Chaplain

    Before Maj. Bitrus Cobongs became the new 403rd Wing Chaplain, he was a young student from Nigeria attending the Dallas Theological Seminary. His ambition had been to return to Africa to teach, but the events of Sept.11, 2001 led him to join the U.S. military. “That’s how the chaplaincy came to me,” Cobongs said. “I knew violence in Nigeria
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