Military

Miss. National Guard’s largest unit welcomes first female battalion commander

Lt. Col. Annie Lee of Hattiesburg assumed command of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion from Lt. Col. William Walley of Brandon, during the Change of Command ceremony.

USS Tripoli leaves Ingalls to head to its homeport in San Diego

  Mississippi Veterans Affairs steps in after federal VA failed veteran

  Not every retiree upset with Armed Forces Retirement Home restrictions

  Military retirees call themselves inmates at Armed Forces Retirement Home

  Mississippi Armed Forces Museum Reopens

  Camp Shelby training unit hosts two change of command ceremonies

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  Seabee base places new travel restrictions due to COVID-19 risk

Pair arrested in murder of Miss. National Guard member

  Black Daggers parachute team salutes healthcare heroes

NCBC, KAFB commanders give update to base reopenings, COVID-19 response

  Seabees lend a helping hand at KAFB to assist airmen in basic training

MS National Guard returns home from D.C. after 5 days of assisting with protests

  GI Museum in Gautier remains closed indefinitely

It was a decision owner the G.I. Museum owner didn’t want to make but had to due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mississippi National Guard activated for duty in DC

Wednesday morning, approximately 400 Mississippi guard members arrived in the nation’s capital.

  Alternative retirement ceremony an emotional moment for Gulfport naval officer

Chief Petty Officer Lance Simmons’ retirement ceremony was not the one for which he had planned, but he’s just fine with that.

  First responders ‘light up Mississippi’ for Memorial Day

“That dark space that you have in your heart right now, we in the state of Mississippi would like to light that up right now. We pay tribute to you as well in these days and times. It is tough out here,” said Sheriff K.C. Hamp.

  Biloxi National Cemetery honors the fallen amid coronavirus

U.S. Navy veterans honor lost submariners on USS Tullibee

  Memorial Day weekend takes on a different look at Biloxi National Cemetery

  Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 5931 honor Pass Christian’s fallen military heroes

  Camp Shelby honors fallen heroes with online Memorial Day Ceremony

  Families welcome home soldiers from the Mississippi Army National Guard

Students create ‘Welcome Home’ signs for return of Mississippi National Guard soldiers

Coast students and youth council members gathered to create posters to give Mississippi National Guard soldiers a warm welcome home.

Keesler AFB expands days for retirees to shop at exchange

Beginning Saturday, May 23, the Keesler Exchange will now be open to retirees on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Camp Shelby to host online-only Memorial Day ceremony

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby will host an annual Memorial Day ceremony in a few days, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it will take place only on the internet this year.

Coronavirus affecting annual summer training at Camp Shelby

The coronavirus is affecting annual summer training for the National Guard at Camp Shelby.

  NCBC appoints first woman to lead base emergency training operations

A historic moment at the Naval Construction Battalion Center as for the first time a woman will take charge of the base’s key emergency training operations.

  South Mississippi military caregiver honored for her work

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation aims to empower and support America’s military caregivers. This year, the foundation named South Mississippi caregiver Sherri Piper a 2020 Dole Caregiver Fellow.

  Keesler AFB commander reflects on swift COVID-19 pandemic response

81st Training Wing Commander Col. Heather Blackwell has been at Keesler Air Force Base for about a year, and her motto for the 2,000 or so airmen under command is “You got this, and we’ve got you.”

  403rd Wing flyovers honor healthcare workers in Picayune, Bay St. Louis, Pascagoula

Following last week’s successful flyover to honor healthcare workers in South Mississippi, Keesler’s 403rd Wing did it again.

  Hover for Heroes flyover honors healthcare heroes, first responders, and essential workers

Healthcare workers, first responders and bystanders gathered across the Gulf Coast on Tuesday as Keesler’s 403rd Wing flew over area hospitals, showing their support for the essential workers.

  Harrison Co. fire chief says burn ban now in effect for county

After a large woods fire burned dangerously out of control over the last two days, Harrison County fire chief Pat Sullivan told WLOX that the county is instituting a burn ban.

Moss Point sailor baptized at sea aboard the USS Truman

A Moss Point native was baptized at sea aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman last week.

  403rd Wing aeromedical team out of Keesler gear up to join fight against COVID-19

A group of Reserve Citizen Airmen from Keesler are gearing up to provide lifesaving medical care for patients affected by COVID-19.

Military sees no quick exit from ‘new world’ of coronavirus

Unlike talk in the Trump administration of possibly reopening the country as early as May, military leaders are suggesting that this summer may be the best-case scenario of tiptoeing toward a return to normal activities.

  United States Marine Inc. in Gulfport awarded $108 million contract for Combatant Craft Assault

An announcement regarding a $108 million, five-year contract was awarded to the United Staes Marine Inc. to build the Combatant Craft Assault (CCA).

Seabee base civilian employee dies due to COVID-19 complications

A civilian employee of the Naval Construction Battalion Center died due to COVID-19 complications.

Seabee base requiring face masks, health screening to shop at commissary and exchange

The Naval Construction Battalion Center will be implementing changes in the interest of public safety.

Huntington Ingalls Industries starts constructing Destroyer Ted Stevens

Named after former U.S. Senator and former pilot in World War II Ted Stevens, the destroyer which Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, is beginning to take shape.

Keesler AFB announces base exchange shopping days for retirees

Beginning April 13, both the base exchange and commissary will be open to all retirees, their dependents and Veteran Healthcare ID cardholders on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

  Keesler Air Force Base confirms three COVID-19 cases

Keesler Air Force Base on Wednesday confirmed three positive cases of COVID-19.

  Student at NCBC tests positive for COVID-19

A trainee Sailor with the Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) in Gulfport received news from the Keesler Medical Center on Monday, informing him that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Keesler AFB Base Exchange closed to retirees and cardholders until further notice

Because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19, Keesler Air Force Base (KAFB) has decided to close access to the base exchange to military retirees and Veterans Health Identification cardholders.

  NCBC commander gives public update on COVID-19 situation on base

Capt. Bill Whitmire at the Naval Construction Battalion Center took to social media Sunday to give a public update on coronavirus situations at the base.

Second case of COVID-19 confirmed at Gulfport Seabee Base

The Naval Construction Battalion Center released on Saturday that another employee of the base has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Mississippi’s governor has activated the National Guard. Here’s what they’ll be doing...

Guard leaders want to allay any worries in the community by explaining that their mission in this situation is primarily a humanitarian one.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast man using pickleball to help veterans struggling with PTSD

One man has found a way to help his fellow veterans deal with emotional and physical injuries from combat duty through a little sport called pickleball.

  National Guard prepares for hurricane season with Patriot South 2020 exercise

The Mississippi National Guard is preparing for hurricane season.

  Chief of Naval Operations says connection with Ingalls is solid

Adm. Michael Gilday has had a long history with Ingalls. Thirty-seven years ago, he first came here as a midshipman in the Naval Academy, and while in the Navy, he sailed on many Ingalls-built ships.

‘It was an adventure’: WWII vet gets medals 70 years later

The American Campaign, the Asiatic Pacific and the World War II Victory Medals are the medals he earned more than 72 years ago.

  First Quilts of Valor Foundation ceremony on Coast honors five veterans

While the Quilts of Valor ceremony may be small, the impact is so much bigger.

  Latest Dept. of Defense budget could impact Jackson County shipbuilding

The latest budget from the Department of Defense shows that the U.S. Navy may have lower ship production than previously expected.

Military still struggles to handle kid-on-kid sex assaults

The military has been slow to implement reforms that lawmakers mandated more than a year ago, said the report released Wednesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The Pentagon still doesn’t know the extent of child-on-child sexual assaults, in part because some officials dismiss incident

  DOT grant to fund new bridge over Hwy. 90, road infrastructure for improved access to Port of Gulfport

The infrastructure improvements include work on 1.2 miles of 30th Avenue, as well as a grade-separated bridge over Highway 90.

  Military dad surprises son’s kindergarten class after more than a year overseas

While kindergarten students at Woolmarket Elementary were busy building up their creative skills, 5-year-old Ezra Knight soon learned that the real lesson of the day was all about love.

  WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday at AFRH in Gulfport

Loise Hogan is a pretty amazing lady. This week, the WWII veteran was able to celebrate her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.

  Biloxi VA to host Veteran Family Expo, Mardi Gras parade in February

A series of events this month at the Biloxi VA Medical Center will focus on the health of veteran families, showing appreciation to those who have served our country, and inspiring the community to visit and volunteer at VA facilities.

Seabee base to conduct annual force protection exercise

Naval Construction Battalion Center will participate in an annual Navy-wide force protection exercise Feb. 3-14, possibly causing disruptions in the area community.

  Gulfport woman makes homemade meals for Seabees to show her appreciation

One Gulfport woman brought Navy Seabees a cultural experience through a home cooked meal.

  VIDEO: Soldier stands in the rain to pay tribute to WWII nurse in viral photo

A photo of a soldier standing in the pouring rain playing TAPS at the funeral of a South Mississippi veteran is going viral.

Camp Shelby museum hosting reunion of WWII soldiers in 2020

In 2020, the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum will have a special focus on 1945.

  Military draft: How it works and what you need to know

Fake text messages being sent to people, instructing them to report for duty.

  LSU students march 323 miles for veterans fundraiser

Seven students from Louisiana State University are on a mission to complete a 323-mile ruck march to raise money for veterans.

  Volunteers spend morning picking up Christmas wreaths from Biloxi National Cemetery

Early Saturday morning, volunteers paid their respects to veterans at the Biloxi National Cemetery by participating in the annual wreath cleanup.

Starting Jan. 1, more people will be allowed to shop on military bases

A whole new group of veterans and their caregivers will soon be able to shop at military base commissaries and exchanges starting January 1, 2020.

Dept. of Defense calls on Navy to build less warships, according to report

DefenseNews.com reports that starting in 2021, the Department of Defense wants the Navy to build fewer Arleigh Burke class destroyers.

  Harrah’s executive chef awarded for his service to the country and his community

Harrah's executive chef and Gulfport native Jeffery Jenkins loves to turn up the heat when he is in the kitchen.

  High school dropout graduates top of his class from Challenge Academy

Saturday was Graduation Day for Camp Shelby cadets, who went through a 22-week program where they got their high school equivalency diplomas.

  Michigan girl with Coast connection brings Christmas cheer to service members

Active duty service members on the Coast are getting a little extra special Christmas treat from a 10-year-old girl.

  Maj. Gen. Janson Boyles will remain Adjutant General of Mississippi

Major General Janson D. Boyles will remain Adjutant General of Mississippi.

  Pilot for a day earns wings from Hurricane Hunters

It was a wish come true for 14-year-old Payton Burge, as the Carriere resident got to be pilot for a day with the Hurricane Hunters as part of the Make-a-Wish foundation.

  Pet therapy brings holiday joy to retirees at Biloxi VA

The dogs and their owners volunteered to hand out holiday-themed gifts and socks to residents throughout the facility.

  Formerly homeless veterans have a good problem in needing furniture

When the Veterans Administration’s HUD-VASH program recently put two homeless veterans into apartments they still had a problem - no furniture.

Thousands of wreaths placed in Biloxi National Cemetery

More than 20,000 wreaths now adorn the gravesites of our nation’s heroes at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

  Seabee Base increases security following Pensacola shooting

The security staff on base takes part in routine active shooter drills. The shootings in Pensacola and earlier this week at a Navy Shipyard in Hawaii serve as reminders of why those drills are needed.

  Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

The assault, which ended when a sheriff’s deputy killed the attacker, was the second fatal shooting at a U.S. Navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and base lockdown.

  Sen. Wicker asks U.S. Air Force to prioritize Keesler housing issues

Keesler Air Force Base says it will continue to be transparent as it takes steps to resolve its military housing issues.

Decorated WWII bomber pilot from Mississippi to be laid to rest at 98

Charles T. Hull survived 25 missions in the European theater and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

  USO volunteers offer first class treatment to traveling troops this Thanksgiving

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.

  Biloxi unveils Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

It was an emotional and inspirational ceremony Saturday as the city of Biloxi unveiled its Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.