Keesler Air Force Base
Biloxi, MS

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

Established: 1941

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

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.

Contact: Public Affairs

Phone: 228.377.2783


*DoD Base Structure Report FY 2011
Keesler Air Force Base image
Aircraft type at Keesler AFB