Installation Info: Zip Code: 39534, Area Code: 228, DSN: 597
No one blames the weatherman at the Joint Weather Training Facility, Keesler Air Force Base's classroom for teaching all the Department of Defense's weather observers and forecasters. Students from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard are trained in cutting-edge weather skills.
The city of Biloxi, Miss., deeded the land to Keesler in 1941, when the base was named after 2nd Lt. Samuel Reeves Keesler Jr., an aerial observer who was killed in action in France during World War I. The base is on the Mississippi Gulf Coast within the city limits of Biloxi, about 70 miles east of New Orleans. The emphasis is primarily in the fields of avionics maintenance, radio and radar systems maintenance, communications-electronics, computer systems programming and maintenance, air traffic control and weather training.
Many water sports and other activities are available along the coast, and base recreation includes a marina, tennis, bowling, golf, driving range, pools, theater and gyms. The Gulf Coast region is also a resort area noted for its fine weather, except for the middle of summer and the occasional hurricane in the latter half of the year. There are beautiful golf courses, riverboats, casinos and some excellent restaurants full of Southern charm.