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More than 4,500 active duty military, 4,200 civilians comprise the 81st Training Wing. Keesler's training center handles 40,000 students annually, in 500 courses, with an average daily student load of over 4,000. Keesler maintains its status as a lead joint training installation, instructing not only Air Force, but Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and other military and civilian federal agency personnel.This was Keesler during Katrina's landfall:
The second shot is the commissary - the food supply.
Ironically, not only is Keesler home to the Hurricane Hunters, it's also the training base for the weather forecasters of every branch of the military.
Here are some post-flood pictures of the housing area:
The buildings and infrastructure will be repaired with tax dollars, but the people are in immediate need. The Air Force Aid Society will be a primary source of relief for these folks. Please give if you can.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Air Force Aid Society's resolve to be "There when you need us" for our Air Force family has never been stronger. Due to the outpouring of requests from individuals who want to help those specifically affected by the hurricane, we have established the AFAS Hurricane Relief Fund that will allow us to track contributions and disbursements donated for this purpose.