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Keesler marks 75 years of service on the Coast

The base was established in 1941. (Photo source: WLOX News) The base was established in 1941. (Photo source: WLOX News)
KEESLER AFB, BILOXI (WLOX) -

Friday night, 75 years of history was celebrated on Keesler Air Force Base.

Established in 1941, the base has been an integral part of the Coast. Officials didn't hold back when it came time to show off the Air Force spirit.

The celebratory competition began with a well-oiled military machine march. According to Airman 1st Class Kelli Brown, it takes a lot of practice.

"My team has been together for three months, and we practice twice a day for three months," said Brown. "So, it takes a lot of work to be able to get in sync..." Brown explained.

It is as difficult to judge the competition as it is to compete.

Chief Master Sgt. Bob Trombley said, "We're looking for accuracy, we're looking for the difficulty of the performance and the overall professionalism and the showmanship and as you can see, the competition was fierce."

Also fierce is the connection between the base and those outside the gates.

"I've never been a part of a community where I feel like we belong, and are really a part of the fabric of the this community," explained Base Commander Col. Michele Edmondson. "The support we get on, and off, the installation in everything that we do," Edmondson explained.

The highlight of the day was a performance by the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team. Members say that are honored to have been present.

"For us, I feel like it's a stepping stone. I mean, just to keep on continuing to keep on growing and keep on coming back," said Airman 1st Class Ryan Garrido.

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