Lakota Lancaster of Ocean Springs has become the first female from Mississippi to qualify for combat duty in the Army. She has just finished her basic training and will return to Ft. Banning, Ga., for her Ranger training before an expected deployment next year.
Soldiers from the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team take on enemy forces during the 2017 rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California on May 30, 2017. Video by Spc. Dharron Collins, 102nd Public Affairs Detachment.
The Brown Condor Association’s Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is renovating the old Rooms To Go building in Gulfport, but grant money they were hoping to use for construction is not available and they are up against a deadline. The Seabee Chief Petty Officers Association is providing volunteer labor, but they need roofing and air conditioning help.
Contracted longshoremen from ILA 1303 and Seabee personnel work to load equipment from the Naval base onto the USNS Spearhead, which was temporarily anchored in the Port of Gulfport, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The loading of the ship marked the first time since the port was designated a Strategic Port by the Department of Defense about a year ago that the local Seabee base used it for a deployment.
Jeanne ‘Granny’ Graeser organizes boat cruises, fishing trips and parties for veterans and sponsors deployed troops through Soldiers’ Angels. Graeser didn’t have any experience working with veterans when she started, but she is known known as someone who is “making a difference.”
Col. Michele Edmondson, commander of Keesler Air Force Base’ 81st Training Wing, will help city and state officials break ground on a new Division Street gate for Keesler Air Force Base the day before she leaves for her new job at the Pentagon. Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich also says Keesler is one of the top contenders to get the Battlefield Airman program.
Jamie Lee of Saucier learned after her husband’s death that he never filled out some paperwork to make sure that he kept his life insurance after he was discharged. The Marine served in Afghanistan and Iraq and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, yet he did not receive any help with such items after his discharge, she says.
Michael Eugene “Mike” Webb was living in his truck with stage four lung cancer when a group of people from the Salvation Army and others came together to help him qualify for his Veterans Affairs benefits and get into the Biloxi VA hospice to spend his last days. Before he died, he wanted to spend the last of his money to buy food for other homeless.
Biloxi National Cemetery’s monthly Unattended Veterans Service for those Veterans laid to rest throughout the month whose service was unattended. Military Honors performed by Keesler Air Force Base Honor Guard and members of the Patriot Guard Riders.
Video by John Fitzhugh/Sun Herald