Keesler AFB Community

Arrival

See the Getting To & Around Harrison County chapter on Page 27 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport, about 15 miles from the base. Transportation is not provided to the base.

SPONSORSHIP

Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable before your arrival at Keesler AFB.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Keesler AFB. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 228-376-8728.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

From Gulfport-Biloxi or Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airports

Travelers leaving from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and anywhere west of the base should take Interstate 10 east. Proceed to Interstate 110 south and follow signs to Keesler AFB.

From the East

Travelers leaving anywhere east of the base should take I-10 west and proceed to I-110 south. Signs on the interstate will direct you to the I-110 connector that leads to Biloxi and Keesler AFB. Exit I-110 at U.S. 90 west and take U.S. 90 west to the second traffic light, White Avenue, then turn right. White Avenue directs you to the main gate.

You will travel straight into the base on Larcher Boulevard. Tyer House, where you check in for lodging, is the 24-hour arrival point. Tyer House can be located by driving straight on Larcher until you come to the medical center; turn left and Tyer House will be on your right.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Visitors’ Center, Pass and Registration

Building 4605,

310 M. St., White Avenue Gate…………………….228-377-3844

When you arrive at Keesler AFB, your first step is to contact your unit. Your supervisor or sponsor will direct you to the Military Personnel Section and Force Management (Sablich Center, Room 121). Bring all in-processing package information, including your orders, your personnel records, and your medical, dental and financial records.

You will be scheduled for the in-processing and finance informational briefings and the Newcomer’s Orientation. Spouses are invited and encouraged to attend the Newcomer’s Orientation to learn about the base, community, environmental conditions, services and programs. Then report to your unit to in-process.

If you arrive after duty hours or on a weekend or holiday, Tyer House is the official check-in point. Remember to call your sponsor and let them know you have arrived.

Technical Training Students

All in-processing for nonprior service students is in the Student Personnel Center in the Levitow Building. The first few days are filled with briefings and appointments that will keep students busy. Family members will not be able to spend much time together.

Air Force Reserve and Guard

The liaison office of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command is the focal point for all coordination, questions, situations, and health, welfare and morale issues of the ANG and AFRC 81st Training Wing. This office is in Bryan Hall. All ANG and AFRC students will in-process and out-process directly with this office.

TEMPORARY LODGING

Inns of Keesler

Building 470, Fisher Street………………………….228-374-0088

https://keesler81fss.us/Lodging2.html

The Inns of Keesler, also known as Tyer House, is an 873-room lodging facility that occupies 16 buildings across the base. Pet-friendly rooms are available. If you are relocating to Keesler during the high PCS months, May through August, it is advisable to reserve space at least 60 days
in advance.

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