Keesler Air Force Base

US Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States

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Keesler Air Force Base
Biloxi, Mississippi in United States of America
A WC-130J Hercules of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron takes off from Keesler AFB.
A WC-130J Hercules of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron takes off from Keesler AFB.
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Keesler AFB is located in the United States
Keesler AFB
Keesler AFB
Shown in United States
Coordinates30°24′41″N 088°55′25″W / 30.41139°N 88.92361°W / 30.41139; -88.92361Coordinates: 30°24′41″N 088°55′25″W / 30.41139°N 88.92361°W / 30.41139; -88.92361
TypeUS Air Force Base
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUS Air Force
Controlled byAir Education and Training Command (AETC)
Site history
Built1941 (1941) (as Keesler Field)
In use1941 – present
Garrison information
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: BIX, ICAO: KBIX, FAA LID: BIX, WMO: 747686
Elevation9.9 m (32.6 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
03/21 2,326 m (7,631 ft) PEM
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Keesler Air Force Base (IATA: BIX, ICAO: KBIX, FAA LID: BIX) is a United States Air Force base located in Biloxi, a city along the Gulf Coast in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. The base is named in honor of aviator 2d Lt Samuel Reeves Keesler, Jr., a Mississippi native killed in France during the First World War. The base is home of Headquarters, Second Air Force (2 AF) and the 81st Training Wing (81 TW) of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC).

The base has specialized in ground trade training since its opening in 1941 during World War II. It has had high-quality technical schools and absorbed units moved from other bases under the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC).

  1. ^ "Airport Data – Keesler AFB (BIX)". Federal Aviation Administration. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.

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