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Businesses Have Good Reason To Salute The Military

Dane Miceli truly believes those serve their country are a cut above. Miceli's barber shop, located just outside Keesler's Pass Road Gate, relies on military business.

"We probably do about 50 to 60 percent of our business from the base," said Miceli. "It was just too good to pass up. And being in a facility with this many businesses, there's a lot of traffic that comes in and out."

Miceli says he's seeing more men and women in uniform coming through the doors.

"You got different people from all over the United States walk through here," Miceli said. "Sometimes they train people from militaries in other countries."

The military's influence can be seen throughout South Mississippi, especially after Hurricane Katrina. For instance, the tent cities in D'Iberville, Pass Christian and Pearlington were built by Seabees, initially to house hundreds of families left homeless by the storm. Today, they are still being used by volunteers.

The Seabees also donated countless hours building playgrounds, restoring schools, and using their construction skills to rebuild neighborhoods.

"Who else could be more equipped to handle something like the destruction of a hurricane than a group of builders?" said Chaplain David Cullen, Volunteer Coordinator for the Seabee Base.

"Suddenly there was this Navy base in our midst. The base had the opportunity and brilliantly shined in the community. And the community suddenly said, 'Oh, that's what Seabees do.'"

A symbol of that 'can do' attitude can be seen at the Salute to the Military. While the buzz at the coliseum will focus on the military's priceless contributions, Dane Miceli hopes he'll stay busy, giving buzz cuts to Keesler personnel.

"Hopefully it'll be around a good while, that's for sure," said Miceli. "We hope we can keep catering services to them, and try to be encouragement to each of them."

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff served as the main speaker at the Salute to the Military.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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