Keesler security forces deploy to Asia

GULFPORT, MS - At a time when so many families are making plans to gather for the holidays, a group of reservists from Keesler air force base had to say farewell to their loved ones. They left from Gulfport Friday morning for a six month deployment overseas.

Just 20 days before Christmas, 30 reservists with the 403rd Security Forces Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base are headed to Nevada. They'll spend the next several weeks at Creech Air Force Base before deploying to Southwest Asia.  That's where they'll put their tactical training into action. Their main mission: securing air bases, likely in areas considered war zones.

It's the holidays, which makes it even more difficult to say goodbye to family and friends.  But these Keesler reservists are ready to do the job. 

Senior Airman Cherelle Capobianco told WLOX News, "I'm just excited about the training, and of course my first deployment. But I'm happy that I get to spend it with my unit." 

This will be Staff Sgt. Aubrey Morrow's third deployment. Before boarding his flight, he told us how proud he was of his fellow reservists. "We've got an awesome unit. All our people are real tight, and (we're) just ready to go out and do our job."

This is actually the second wave of reservists from the 403rd wing at Keesler to head to Nevada for training. Keesler says about 100 men and women from the 403rd will be deployed to various missions over the next three months.

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