Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS
Facility Description: Link: https://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/MTF/Keesler/
The 81st Medical Group at Keesler operates one of the largest Air Force medical facilities in the Air Force, Keesler Medical Center. Its primary mission is to maintain medical readiness for worldwide contingencies by providing quality, cost-effective health care for more than 27,000 enrollees, including almost 7,500 active-duty members. In addition, the 81st MDG commander oversees the Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military medical treatment facilities from Mobile, Alabama, to New Orleans, coordinating care for 80,000 eligible beneficiaries along the Gulf Coast. Hours of operation: Emergency Room: 24/7, Hospital Clinics: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Training Fridays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Outpatient Pharmacy: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., BX Satelite Pharmacy: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Walk-in); 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Drive through), Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pickup Only). Laboratory: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, having first been settled in 1699. Today, the city is a cultural melting pot, with a year ’round schedule of celebrations, set against a backdrop of sugar-white sand beaches, great deep-sea or freshwater fishing, an array of championship golf courses, museums and historic sites, tantalizing seafood restaurants, and the excitement of 24-hour non-stop casino resorts. Of course, our strongest assets are the smiling faces and warm hospitality that await you. But don’t just take our word, see for yourself.
Visitors who relish the surf and sand will be delighted to explore nearly 30 miles of beautiful beach. The inviting beach encourages visitors to enjoy a long walk, play in the surf, or simply sit and relax a while and people watch. For those who need action, sporting opportunities abound. Visitors can catch a ride on a jet ski, take pleasure in a romantic sailboat excursion, try their luck at deep-sea fishing, parasail, or explore lush fairways at one the many well-regarded golf courses.
Those with children should not leave without a stop to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. This fabulous children's museum offers little ones the opportunity to explore their environment in a fun and safe manner. Because the museum features interactive displays specific for the region- it's likely that children will enjoy once in a lifetime thrills. The Oceanarium features excellent programs, that include exotic birds and dolphin shows.
Several barrier islands sit just off the coast of Biloxi and make up the popular Gulf Islands National Seashore. Only accessible by boat or ferry, the gorgeous, unspoiled beaches found make for a breathtaking site. Although undeveloped, the islands offer much to do, including hiking, fishing, beach-combing, and outstanding opportunities for nature photography. Bird watching is a prized activity as more than 260 species of birds await discovery. Ship Island is home to Fort Massachusetts, which was occupied during the Civil War. This grand example of a masonry fort is available for touring. Biloxi is located on the most southern tip of Mississippi, about 175 miles south of Jackson, MS on the Gulf of Mexico.