More jobs are on the chopping block at Keesler - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

More jobs are on the chopping block at Keesler

The Department of Defense is thinking about also cutting the 403rd Civil Engineer squadron, which employees 119 people.  (Photo source: U.S. Air Force) The Department of Defense is thinking about also cutting the 403rd Civil Engineer squadron, which employees 119 people. (Photo source: U.S. Air Force)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Soon, half of the aircraft stationed at Keesler Air Force Base will take off for good. Ten C-130Js will find a new home at an Little Rock, Arkansas Air Force Base.

"It doesn't make sense," former commander at Keesler Lt. General Clark Griffith said, "We do need to downsize in certain places, but let's do it smart. Let's just not do dumb things and I consider this a dumb thing."

As a former Biloxi City Council member, Griffith knows losing nearly 200 airmen and women in just three months will cost the coast and the nation.

"Why do we need to move an already existing unit? And we have to move them to Little Rock where we have to build facilities and we have to do things we have already got? We have to spend more taxpayer money."

The latest budget proposal is more bad news for Keesler. The Department of Defense is thinking about also cutting the 403rd Civil Engineer squadron, which employees 119 people.

"Our goal right now is to take care of our airmen and their families," 403rd Wing Commander Col. Frank Amodeo said. "We are going to have about 400 or so airmen that could potentially be displaced, about 90 civilians and full time employees, and about 300 or so traditional reservists."

Currently, there are about 1,700 employed at Keesler. If all the cuts go through, that number would eventually be just under 1,400.

"We are working very hard with headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command, to mitigate the angst, if you will, and stress that goes along with those changes," Col. Amodeo said. "What makes it particularly tough is many of those men that fly these tactical planes just deployed a few months ago so they came home, in many cases, to pink slips."

"Stay tuned to all of this because this is a beginning of all of this, there is a lot of things happening," Griffith said. "Let your Congressional folks know your feelings on this. Let them know that this is not right."

The Hurricane Hunters will remain at Keesler and with all these changes the base's mission will shift to be predominately weather reconnaissance.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Ellisville man charged with murder of wife

    Ellisville man charged with murder of wife

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-02-20 22:58:37 GMT
    Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

    More >>

    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:57 PM EST2018-02-20 22:57:25 GMT
    Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

    More >>

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

    More >>
  • Walk-On's breaks ground on first MS location

    Walk-On's breaks ground on first MS location

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 4:29 PM EST2018-02-20 21:29:46 GMT
    Franchise owners break ground on the first Walk-On's location in Mississippi. (Photo Source: WDAM)Franchise owners break ground on the first Walk-On's location in Mississippi. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    A taste of the bayou is coming to the Hub City. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a Baton Rouge-based restaurant, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.  

    More >>

    A taste of the bayou is coming to the Hub City. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a Baton Rouge-based restaurant, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly