BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - An aeromedical evacuation squadron is coming to Keesler Air Force Base. Some of the AES's responsibilities include carrying out time-sensitive critical care transport to support military operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
"Evacuation squadrons play an important role in our national security and in saving the lives of wounded servicemen and women," said U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
40 officers and 82 enlisted will make up the team coming to Biloxi.
"This is positive news for the future success of Keesler Air Force Base," said U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. "The addition of this squadron will benefit the base's overall mission and its position as a premier center of excellence for Air Force medical training. I want to welcome all new AES personnel to the Gulf Coast."
Keesler is home to the 81st Medical Group, which operates the second largest medical center in the Air Force.
"The medical staff and facilities at Keesler have a natural synergy with the aeromedical squadron and I feel certain this will be a good fit, as does the Air Force," said U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo.
The 122 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) is expected to be in full operation this fall. No aircraft are associated with the move.