| Clint Spooner|
Got to the triangle area of Keesler in December 1964 and immediately left for the main base side of the runway and joined the Drum & Bugle corp (the air conditioned barracks were the real draw). Went through basic electronics school, then radar school, then instructor school and then taught basic electronics ('65-'66). Since I taught in the six am to noon shift, I spent my off time working at the base movie theater and helped out at the base parachute shop (I was also a skydiving instructor at the Ocean Springs airport). I played 6 string and banjo and when I met Bill Orr (12 string guitar) and Gary Hertz (standup bass) we formed a folk trio ("Empty Cup Trinity" and later the "Blue Mountain Lake Ramblers") and played the Officer's Club at Keesler, Trader John's out on Highway 90 towards Gulfport (washed away in Camille, but actually where Jimmy Buffett got his start a year or two after we played there) and most fun of all, Friday and Saturday nights at Cosimos Bar in New Orleans (still there today on the corner of Burgundy and Gov. Nichols streets). I really enjoyed the teaching of basic electronics in Allee Hall and was pleased at how well my classes did on the standardized electronics tests at the end of the classes. I was disappointed when transferred out in late '66 (to the 1370th photomapping wing at Turner AFB (in Albany, Georgia) and then Forbes AFB (Topeka, Kansas). Would love to hear from those in Biloxi at the same time.
07/06/2016 @ 04:58 [ref: 55972]
| George Mushett|
KAFB '56-'59. AC&W Radar school & Instructor in Ally Hall, Basic Electronics. Ally Hall was not in the "Triangle Area". It was on the main part of the base, not far from "Hanger Row" where the radar sets were taught.
04/21/2015 @ 18:16 [ref: 55769]
| Ken Spitulski|
My father, who died 2 years ago at 92, was stationed at Kessler Field in the early 40's. I have a " Kessler Field" banner he had that I would like to donate to the Kessler AFB museum. Would they be interested? Will gladly send to the museum if they will display it. Can send an electronic picture if someone wants to view
08/01/2014 @ 17:12 [ref: 55625]
| Gwendolyn(Kubis) Davis|
Las Vegas, Nevada
I do not think I fit into the age group that is writing but I attended Basic Electronic Development (BED)for Electronic Counter Measures(ECM)in 1974. I met my husband in class and he was suppose to be my tutor but I flunked out of BED anyway. I went to Hurlburt Field in Services Supply, got married to my husband and then ended up spending 24 years in the AF. I was in Ally Hall and remember the marches across the flightline in the heat with Beat and Blow playing. I was in the 3425th Student Sq in the triangle but I had a son so I was lucky not to have to live in the barracks but had to do details. I think my husbands squadron was the 3408th across from mine. He was originally in AC&W Radar until someone screwed up and said they were over manned and jumped ship and went into Navigational Aids. I had never seen cockroaches and they would stand on the hind legs and act like they are boxing you.
03/20/2013 @ 17:47 [ref: 55445]
Ref:11835 Bldg J0003 was located near the entrance to what is known as Thrower Park Housing. This and associated buildings J0001 and J0002 have been torn down and replaced with modern military housing.
07/07/2011 @ 05:30 [ref: 18247]
| Kirby Stallings|
Do any of you gentlemen know where the "J0003" facility was located? It was apparently the Old Radar Building.
12/01/2010 @ 11:19 [ref: 11835]
| Hai Pham|
I was at Keesler AFB from February 1970 to November 1970 and was a South Vietnames Air Force (VNAF) pilot student. I learned to fly T-28B at K Flight of 3389th Flight Traing Squadron.
I would like to contact my flight instructor Maj. Albert Smith and K Flight commander Maj. Swanson. Please call 916-832-6729 or e-mail email@example.com. Thank you
07/20/2010 @ 12:02 [ref: 9900]
| Robert C Hitpas|
Las Vegas, Nevada
I ARRIVED 5 JULY 1962 FROM LACKLAND...I WAS TO BECOME A DIGITAL-ANOLOG COMPUTER TEC.
I WASHED OUT AND IN 1963 WENT TO TURNER ALBANY GEORGIA.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES WAS THE U S O NEAR THE BEACH..THE BUILDING RESEMBLED A SOUTHERN PLANTATION..ONE YOUNG LADY WAS NAMED VICKIE..AT THE OTHER END OF THE BEACH THERE WAS A PIZZA PLACE I THINK CALLED PINK POODLE..
MY ROOM MATE ROBERT J ANGER AND I WERE PART OF THE FIRST CLASS TO LIVE IN WHAT WAS CALLED THE TRIANGLE, ON ONE NIGHT MARCH, ACROSS THE TAXI & RUNWAY AS IT DRIZZLED THE SQUAD SEEMED TO BE IN STEP AND EACH BOOT IN TIME MADE A ENJOYABLE SOUND..
05/03/2010 @ 15:41 [ref: 9345]
| Ross Kingston|
Another geezer to add his memories of a beautiful beach, cars, bars, and beautiful women ( (actually, they were probably very youjng girls at that time, but I thought they were "women"). My GI buuddies eating raw oysters in an oyster bar, following each oyster with a bite of lemon! I watched, drank beer and threw up over the railing, but I learned to handle it fast. I used to go to the USO dances in Biloxi, I watched the annual Blessing of the Fleet, rented motor scooters (Vespa"s) and toured around southern Mississippi on old Hiway 90, and on back roads trying to find girl's houses that somewhow never were where we were told they were.
It was June, 1960. I was an 18 year old kid who had never been further than 50 miles from my home near Mt. Rainer in Washington State. Biloxi was culture shock! Walking into town and drinking with my buddies and somehow staggering back to the base. Yes, I remember the Honey Pot and all the GI's hanging out there, each GI thinking all those beautiful(?) babes loved him the best. Eventually I got throught electronics school (Airborne ECM) which I later put to use on B47"'s in Louisiana and B-52's in Michigan. I think I was in the 3411th squadron, and I went to school in Ally Hall, in the Triangle. Oh yeah, remember marching to school, temperature in the 90's the air so thick with water we were nearly floating? Soaking with sweat, then freezing in those classrooms? I spent time at the base hospital with pneumonia thanks to those marches and freezing classrooms. And weren't those hours standing at parade rest on the flight line fun, during the weekly parade? I always wondered why we did that.
03/07/2009 @ 15:14 [ref: 8720]
| Coastal Dog|
Guys, today I live down here near Keesler. I was not aware that KAFB had an air museum. Maybe it's something I've missed out on.
I guess I'm the oldster in this bunch. Went through Lackland as an ANG airman in summer of 1957. Went to Keesler for two weeks of basic electronics training whenever the ANG pulled its two weeks at Gulfport ANG base. Learned a lot from my brief training experiences at KAFB that helped me in my career field, both in the ANG and as a civilian.
We kids liked going over to Keesler for training. Keep in mind that the food service guys at Gulfport were "weekenders" like we were and their food preparation skills were somewhat lacking. We thought the food over at Keesler the food was great.
As someone has said -- great memories.
02/25/2009 @ 19:15 [ref: 8702]