Overview: One of the largest technical training wings in the United States Air Force, it's best- known for high-tech electronics training, but also hosts the third largest medical center in the Air Force and is home to the Hurricane Hunters.
Location: Biloxi, MS
Branch: Air Force
Size: 1,611 acres (2.6 square miles)
Plant Replacement Value: $2.31 billion*
Mission: Keesler is part of the Air Education and Training Command and trained 26,500 students in 2007 in 400 courses, with an average daily student load over 3,500. The base is home to the 81st Training Wing, responsible for training airmen in electronics, including wideband maintenance, ground radio, information technology, communications and computer networking, avionics, cryptography, meteorology, information management, personnel support, aerospace command and control, and air traffic control. It trains all branches of the military and international students. The 81st Training Wing also hosts the 2nd Air Force, which runs 5,000 active training courses for 250,000 students annually. The medical center is also a training facility for doctors, nurses and technicians.
Other units: 45th Airlift Squadron, which provides training in the C-21, the Air Force Reserve Command’s 403rd Wing, an Air Mobility Command unit that provides theater airlift support through the 815th Airlift Squadron and the Hurricane Hunters mission through the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.