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Air Education and Training Command News

  • Keesler Airmen, Sailors, Marines rally to aid local community

    Military and civilian volunteers from Keesler Air Force Base are reaching out to help the local community after surviving and beginning recovery operations after Hurricane Katrina struck Aug. 29. More than a dozen Air Force members from the 81st Training Wing here provided medical aid, food, water

  • AFOATS organizations hit hard by Katrina

    Air Force Officer Accession and Training School officials here are assessing the damage to Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachments and Junior ROTC units affected by Hurricane Katrina. Twenty-five Air Force JROTC units located in high schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and

  • Base recovery efforts already showing results

    Personnel here are well into recovery operations less than a week after the base and much of the Gulf Coast sustained massive damage from Hurricane Katrina. According to base officials, those efforts are making a big difference. "We're in the recovery and reconstitution stages, where we're assessing

  • Little Rock Air Force Base hub for international Katrina aid

    The first international aid for Hurricane Katrina victims touched down in Arkansas Sept. 5 and more international flights are scheduled to land here in the next week. Little Rock Air Force Base was tapped as the hub and clearinghouse for all international aid air shipments for Hurricane Katrina

  • Keesler medical aid reaches community neighbors in need

    As a team of Keesler Air Force Base medical personnel walked to the doors of a local high school-turned-shelter, a man approached with wide eyes and a huge smile. Stopping a few steps from the Airmen, he raised a hand to his brow and said "I salute you. I'm proud of you all and thank you for your

  • Gunter NCOA gets first international student

    The Gunter NCO Academy reached a milestone when it enrolled its first international student. Tech. Sgt. Virgilio Macasaet Katimbang of the Philippine air force is studying at the academy until his graduation Sept. 15. "The school is good and very conducive to learning because it has air

  • Officer trainees play hostage during mass drill

    A year ago, 331 people at a school in Beslan, Russia, were killed -- more than half of them were children. The three-day hostage-taking ended in explosions and gunfire - a scene that according to a local police sergeant here is a possibility in the United States. That event led to Alabama's largest

  • AETC responds in force to hurricane victims

    During the first week of operations, more than 800 Airmen from Air Education and Training Command bases deployed to support various areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina and more are on their way. Following a direct hit by the hurricane Aug. 29, Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., evacuated

  • NCO defuses gas station crisis

    Gasoline shortages and frustrated motorists are common in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In one instance, a Keesler noncommissioned officer's cool head prevented a potential disaster from erupting. A long line of motorists was waiting as Staff Sgt. LaShawndra Singleton pulled into a gas station

  • Little Rock welcomes China hurricane aid

    A 747 laden with 100 tons of humanitarian aid from China arrived here Sept. 7 as part of Hurricane Katrina relief operations. The relief supplies included bedding, clothes, tents and generators. Little Rock Air Force Base is the hub for receiving international humanitarian aid for the hurricane