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It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Two little known flight squadrons with a reserve wing at Keesler are playing a big role in the war on terror. When you think of the 403rd, you usually think of the Hurricane Hunters. But the 815th Flying Jennies and the 345th Golden Eagles are used to flying into storms of a different nature, war zones.
Tuesday, the group held a training mission, which began with a safety briefing. Then it was on to the Keesler tarmac where eight, 800 pound barrels of water were loaded onto the C-130-J. The plane took off, flying low over the coast to the drop zone.
Loadmaster Ricky Jackson knows this intense training is what will help win the war on terror.
"When we go to the desert or different missions and we have to accomplish throughout the world, this is what we're going to do," Jackson said. "And to put this cargo on target for the support of the troops that are out there in the field is lifesaving at times."
Getting to the drop zone requires a steady pilot's hand, and accurate calculations. Pinpointing the target is an absolute must, but technology helps.
Capt. Mike Deprey is a co-pilot with the 815th.
"With the avionics that we have on board, it's actually fairly easy," Deprey said. "It pretty much guides you directly toward where you need to go. So it's a matter of you just refining the aircraft and going to where the computers tell you to go."
When it was time for the first drop, the back of the plane opened and a huge parachute was released. In a real-life situation that heavy load might be something like a bulldozer. The next load, three tons of water, went flying out the back of the plane destined for a soft landing at Stennis Airport.
Training session like the one held Tuesday are invaluable. Next month, the members of this unit will deploy to Afghanistan. The motions will be the same, but the stakes will be much higher.
"There's absolute danger there," 815th pilot Major Dominic Barberi said. "There are people in Afghanistan, in particular, that are trying to kill you. So there is the danger aspect to it. But what is amazing about it is that you have a whole military behind us. When you're out there, you're not out there by yourself."
The deployment for the two flight squadrons will begin early next month and last for four months. During that time, thousands of tons of supplies and ammunition will be dropped at various military camps located throughout Afghanistan.
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