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Keesler set to host inaugural JROTC championship

Keesler Air Force Base is set to host the inaugural Mississippi All-Services Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Drill Championship on Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The event will mark the first time a high school JROTC drill competition has been hosted in Mississippi. All 87 JROTC and National Defense Cadet Corps units in the state were eligible to compete, and 18 of the units earned a trip to the championship through competition in six regional drill meets.

South Mississippi schools set to compete for the title of Mississippi All-Services JROTC Drill Championship include Biloxi High Air Force JROTC, Gulfport High Marine Corps JROTC, Moss Point Navy JROTC and Pascagoula Navy JROTC.

The teams will compete in six events: Armed and unarmed regulation, armed and unarmed exhibition, color guard and personnel inspection.

The 81st Training Wing's Drum and Bugle Corps will also provide a drill demonstration and a performance. The base will also have static displays, including the C-130 Hercules aircraft, a Coast Guard decontamination unit, Air Force and Army Special Forces equipment, first responder equipment, Seabee heavy construction equipment and a National Guard climbing wall. The Air Force's elite combat control team will also perform a parachute jump.

The Mississippi Department of Education is sponsoring the event, which is free to those with access to the base.

For more information, contact Capt. John Lewis at 601-359-1816 or