| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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]
| Charles Rhodes|
Arrived at KAFB Apr 1950 as a PFC. Assigned to the 3407th and radar school.
Then we were PFC's, Cpl's, and Sgt's. We wore khakis as blues hadn't come out yet. School was accelerated because of Korea and I had to leave a beautiful girlfriend behind. I visited so0me years later but couldn't locate her. I still think about her after all these years.The Base was not recognizeable to me when I went there. We had wooden barracks; no air conditioning and all we had was mosquito nets. My buddies and I used to go th Gulfport to rollerskate and to the USO in Biloxi. Ah! Sweet memories! Evertone got their shot at K.P. and mess server. The butter we got had to be unwrapped and cut into quarters and cut again to serving size. I think the PFC's pay was $82.50 a month and $96.00 as Cpl's. At the end of the month guys would come around and lend 20 bucks and patback was 25 bucks after the first of the month. Alot of guys went to Tachikawa or Pusan or Germany.
02/23/2009 @ 18:04 [ref: 8698]
| Dennis Sullivan|
Oradell, New Jersey
Spent April 1953 to Feb 1954 at Keesler. Airborne Radar School. Shipped to Burtonwood UK and joined the 53rd Weather Recon Sqdn for the next 3 yrs. Had B-29's and B 50's not these modern jets.Don't remember much about Keesler except going to the beach every afternoon after the noon dismissal parade. Planning a visit in Jan 2009 on my way to Fla. Any one from 53rd can give me an e-mail.
01/12/2009 @ 09:12 [ref: 8619]
| Richard Baird|
I arrived at Keesler from Lackland in '60. There was a small hurricane(my first) that came thru when I was in the temporary barracks. I couldn't believe how the Palm trees could bend so far and not break. They tore a "condemned" sign off the WAC (or whatever the women AF people were called) wooden barracks door and moved us in. The base was a little crowded I guess. The other GI's would make fun of us by asking us how we liked to "squat to pee" ( no urinals). The base roads were paved with crushed clam shells, there was always a ready pile of them by the "Back Bay". There was a bar in Biloxi called "The Honey Pot". The gorgeous young, well stacked bar keep kept untying her bikini bra straps and would flap the ty strings, not really revealing anything, and say -"Boy it's sure is hot in here". Truer words were never spoken. That place was always full. I was back at the base for a visit about 10 years ago and ironically enough the day I pulled on base they were tearing down the last wooden barracks. I wanted to buy a few post cards with some base pictures (none at the local stores) the reality hit me that I was no longer in the AF so I could not get into the BX, no pix for me. Many good memories marching to midnight classes. Still have two good friends who went thru there, with and just before me, Ross Kingston and Len Walters!!
12/20/2008 @ 10:14 [ref: 8573]