Military

  Main gate at Keesler AFB to stay closed 2 extra weeks

The main gate at Keesler Air Force Base will remain closed a little longer due to construction.

1 soldier remains hospitalized after Camp Shelby training accident

  Dad coming home from deployment the best feeling for one Ocean Springs family

  Keesler airmen send supplies to support Camp Shelby joint training operation

  Navy commissions USS Cincinnati during Gulfport ceremony

WATCH LIVE: USS Cincinnati (LCS20) Commissioning in Gulfport

4 soldiers injured in Camp Shelby training recovering in hospital

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  UPDATE: 4 paratroopers remain hospitalized; Camp Shelby training will resume soon

23 soldiers injured in training accident at Camp Shelby

Commissioning ceremony for USS Cincinnati Saturday in Gulfport

  Bells Across America chimes with memories of fallen service members

Helicopter in fatal crash at Fort Polk was on way to pick up soldier with heat-related injury

  ‘Sex addict’ Army medic pleads guilty to lesser charge in wife’s murder

Gold Star Families Remembrance Week honors families of fallen soldiers

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has designated this week as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.

Hundreds participate in Governor’s Ride benefitting Wounded Warriors

Hundreds of motorcyclists joined Gov. Phil Bryant Saturday for the Sixth Annual Governor's Ride to benefit the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi.

  ‘Fast Cars and Fighter Jets’ gives students insight on STEM career fields

How do you get young people interested in maybe pursuing a career in the aviation or automotive industry? Put them right behind the cockpit of a plane if they want to be pilots or have them look under the hood of a flashy sports car.

  ‘It makes you feel like a kid again:’ Hundreds compete in annual Seabee Mud Run

More than 750 athletes decided they weren’t afraid to take on the beaten path at the 2019 Seabee Mud Run.

  Advanced Naval Technology Exercise boasts exciting technology

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith proposes ‘Gold Star Families Remembrance Week’

  USO’s Red, White & You festival celebrates Coast’s military families

Miss. soldier returns early from deployment, surprises son at school

  Widow of Keesler 403rd worker not satisfied with Air Force’s answers

  Church honors local heroes on 9/11 with Blessing of the Badges and Boots

  Coast Guard opens Polar Security Cutter office at VT Halter Marine

A $745 million contract with the U.S. Coast Guard is allowing VT Halter to expand its Pascagoula shipyard and add 900 employees, and they will be building a ship like none other.

  Seabees climb 110 stories to honor firefighters who died during 9/11

NCBC Seabees in Gulfport climbed four flights of stairs 13 times each Wednesday morning, honoring the firefighters who died on 9/11.

  Rep. Steven Palazzo hosts Academy Day for high school students

Saturday, high school students attended Academy Day at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College hoping to learn more about how to prepare for that next step.

  Missing WWII soldier’s remains returned to Miss. family, 77 years later

His remains were found in a mass grave in the Philippines.

After 77 years, remains of WWII hero returning home to Mississippi to be buried

Private First Class Harvey Andrew Nichols, who was from Braxton, died as a prisoner of war in the Philippines at the age of 27 on November 19, 1942.

Fort Rucker soldier’s death prompts investigation

Fort Rucker officials were notified around 8:30 p.m. that the soldier “had been medically evacuated...after experiencing symptoms during a training event."

  Second Air Force welcomes new commander

Keesler Air Force Base hosted a change of command ceremony Thursday, passing the torch to the new commander of Second Air Force, Maj. Gen. Andrea Tullos.

  155th Armored Brigade Combat Team changes command, creating a partnership with Kansas

Mississippi National Guard’s largest unit, the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, changed commanders Sunday.

  A heartwarming homecoming for one Saucier girl

A week-long study of the military for one class at Saucier Elementary School turns into a surprise for Jaliyah Stark.

  Seabees have a ‘fun’ workout by pulling 12,000+ pound Humvee

Each month, the Seabee Base Fitness Center brainstorms ways to crank up morning training and turn it into a competitive workout. This month, they decided to do a Humvee drag.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 1: Documents show Keesler workers were exposed to dangerous chemicals

This three-part investigative series by WLOX focuses on maintenance workers at Keesler Air Force Base who say they have become seriously ill after exposure to hazardous materials due to poor safety practices.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 2: Records show conditions that led to dangerous chemical exposure at KAFB existed for years

Workers at the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base are trying to get leadership there to recognize that their illnesses may be related to workplace exposure to hexavalent chromium.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 3: Children of sick Air Force reservists suffer with their fathers

The families of at least six employees of the 403rd Wing Maintenance Group at Keesler Air Force Base are coping with uncertainty while their fathers seek information on what has made them ill.

  Keesler Air Force Base obstacle course teaches big lesson the hard way

The U.S. Air Force has declared 2019 as the Year of the Defender, and what better way to showcase the tenets of the 81st Security Forces at Keesler Air Force Base than a challenge - both physical and mental.

  ANTX gives U.S. Navy a chance to use high-tech innovations

This week the Navy’s holding its Advanced Naval Technology Exercise, or ANTX, at the University of Southern Mississippi Marine Research Center in Gulfport.

  Command change at Gulfport CRTC signifies new beginnings

Col. Joe Reid relinquished command and took group command in Meridian over the 186th Air Refueling Wing. He called it “going back to his home roots.”

  Keesler AFB, contractor addressing base housing problems

Keesler Air Force Base and the contractor in charge of base housing are making progress on solving problems residents have experienced there.

  Hancock County fundraiser raises money to help veterans travel for medical treatments

The point of the non-profit organization is to help veterans, some of whom are disabled, make it to their medical treatments.

  Armorbearers help renovate Hattiesburg veteran’s home

About two dozen volunteers with a Gulf Coast organization that helps disabled veterans with housing needs are spending this weekend in Hattiesburg, renovating the home of a World War Two veteran.

  World War II veteran from Pascagoula passes away at the age of 95

J.D. Smith lived in Pascagoula his entire life. He died in Mobile Tuesday morning surrounded by his loved ones. He was 95.

  Groundbreaking held for Gold Star monument set to go up in Biloxi

Do you know what a gold star family is? Many involved say most people don't know what is, and that's why they're excited about the Gold Star Family Monument that will go up in Biloxi.

VT Halter wins $2.9 million Navy contract

VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula has been awarded a new contract worth nearly $2.9 million from Naval Sea Systems.

  Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base flying into storm

The first Hurricane Hunter flight tracking what's now called Invest 92L left from Keesler Air Force Base at noon on Wednesday.

Better Business Bureau shares tips for Military Consumer Month

July is Military Consumer Month and the Better Business Bureau is here to share the many tips and resources BBB has for military service members, veterans and military families.

NCBC Gulfport names new executive officer to take over as second in command

The Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport has named a new executive officer for the naval installation.

  Community flag wave planned for Mississippi soldiers

You’re invited to help send off some hometown heroes Saturday morning.

  World War II combat ship brings American history to Bay St. Louis

World War II vessel PT 305 is docked in Bay St. Louis, courtesy of the World War II museum in New Orleans. It’s the ship’s longest trip from home port on Lake Pontachtrain, bringing a piece of American history to the Gulf Coast.

  Soldiers share time with family before year-long deployment

Before the National Guard 859th Engineer Company ships out for a year-long deployment to Kuwait, the City of Pascagoula sent them off in style.

  Unmanned aircraft shot down by Iran was partially constructed in South Mississippi

The unmanned aircraft shot down by Iranian forces in the Middle East has ties to South Mississippi.

National WWII Museum offering PT-305 boat tours in Bay St. Louis

For two days, June 22-23, the only fully restored and operational combat-veteran patrol-torpedo boat in existence will dock in the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor.

  Keesler celebrates Change of Command

Keesler celebrates Change of Command.

  Mississippi WWII Veteran revisits France for D-Day events

A Mississippi World War II veteran and member of the renowned "Band of Brothers" is among those revisiting Normandy this week.

  Pascagoula men remember D-Day experiences

Throughout this week, the world has commemorated the battle that was the beginning of the end of Nazi rule in Europe. Among the 160,000 troops that participated in the D-Day invasion of France was a 20-year-old engineer who later came to call Pascagoula home.

  World War II letters resurface after 75 years

Chris Waterfield’s grandfather Jack Bourke wrote a letter to his wife Florabelle and his daughter, Chris’ mother, Sharon Lee, who was two years old at the time.

  Coast veterans honored during trip to World War II Museum

About 40 veterans from the Gulf Coast were able to visit the museum on the 75th anniversary of D-Day thanks to a sponsorship from ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Hogan of Gulfport.

  ‘I just still can’t get over some of it’: Pascagoula D-Day vet recounts Normandy invasion

James Dewey Smith was just 19 when he was drafted in the Army. One year later, he would be one of thousands to storm the beaches of Normandy.

  Bay St. Louis soldier remembered 50 years after being killed in Vietnam War

Bay St. Louis native Thomas Williams was a young Army corporal serving his country overseas when he was killed on June 5, 1969.

  Wounded veteran makes cross-country trip to serve BBQ to thousands

The retired Green Beret is running, cycling and hand cycling the 3,000-mile journey from Los Angeles to Tampa, Florida.

  American Army unit receives highest combat award from Royal Australian Navy

For the first time ever, an American Army unit has been awarded the Royal Australian Navy’s highest unit combat award: the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

  VT Halter Marine expanding in Pascagoula, creating 900 jobs

Thanks to a new $745-million contract with the U.S. Coast Guard, VT Halter Marine is expanding its Pascagoula shipyard and its workforce.

  23,000 flags placed at the Biloxi National Cemetery for Memorial Day

The sun was hot and beaming down, but its heat didn’t match the intense passion shown by so many of volunteers who came to place flags in front of the headstones at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

  Seaman killed at Pearl Harbor finally on his way home

Seaman First Class Richard Leon Watson is home after 78 years. He was killed at Pearl Harbor at age 20.

  Military retirees tour CRTC base in Gulfport

A number of residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport have a better understanding of the mission of the Combat Readiness Training Center and the work done by the Air National Guard.

Every AG in America calls for automatic student loan forgiveness for disabled veterans

Attorney generals from across America are urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans who became totally and permanently disabled while in service to our country.

$18.9 million awarded for new barracks construction at Seabee base

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast awarded an $18.9 million construction contract for the design and construction of an Expeditionary Combat Skills student berthing at Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.

Study rates best, worst states for military retirees

With May being Military Appreciation Month and significant military pension changes having taken effect last year, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees, as well as Memorial Day facts.

  New commander named at Keesler Air Force Base

Col. Heather Blackwell officially took over from commander Col. Debra Lovette Thursday morning during a change of command ceremony.

Active-duty servicemember arrested after bomb threat at Keesler AFB

An active-duty servicemember was arrested Wednesday after a bomb threat caused Keesler Air Force Base to go on lockdown.

  Black Daggers put on a jaw-dropping show 8,000 feet in the air

The Army Special Operations team consisting of four Green Berets, one Army Ranger and one Army Rigger loaded into a C-130 plane at Keesler Air Force Base early Sunday morning to perform an aerial demonstration.

  Visitors lament weather delaying Saturday’s air show

With sunshine in the forecast for Sunday, the Thunder over the Sound air show is set to go on as scheduled. However, many are upset they couldn’t catch the spectacle Saturday as planned.

  Small window of clear sky provides on-base fun for air show spectators

The morning showers canceling the aerial stunts didn’t dampen people’s interest in seeing the stationary displays at Keesler Air Force Base Saturday.

  Air Force pride on full display this weekend

You can’t help but have a sense of pride when you see a member of our nation’s military in public, and you’ll be seeing a lot of them this weekend.

  Spectators arrive early for Thunderbirds rehearsal

As the clock ticks, the stars of this weekend's Thunder Over the Sound revved up their engines for one last rehearsal. Fans from Alaska to Connecticut camped out on the beach Friday afternoon to catch a glimpse.

  Elementary school principal gets thrill of lifetime flying with Thunderbirds

Before the Thunderbirds dazzle this weekend during Thunder over the Sound, Popp's Ferry Elementary School Principal Todd Boucher got the ride of his life.

Ingalls awarded multi-million dollar contract for LCS planning yard

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract with a potential total value of $931.7 million for planning yard services in support of in-service littoral combat ships.

  Ingalls hands over new cutter to U.S. Coast Guard

It’s 418 feet long and can go as fast as 30 knots on the open water. Those are just some of the things that a new Legend-class Coast Guard cutter built at Ingalls can do.

  South Mississippi Strong: Founder, curator of G.I. Museum honors all things military

The G.I. Museum in Gautier stands out like a beacon of hope and honor. The man behind the museum is Doug Mansfield, the founder, curator and visionary who continues to pay tribute to all things military.

  Volunteers pitch in to clean up Vietnam veteran’s home

On Sunday, volunteers with Crusaders for Veterans finished day one of what will be a three-stage job to make a huge difference in the life of Vietnam veteran John Trapagnia.