Military personnel are expected to be disciplined and law-abiding citizens at all times. Whether they are on-duty or off-duty, they have to maintain certain standards and cannot be seen crossing their line. A small slip-up can cost them their jobs. It is absolutely crucial to have an experienced Keesler AFB military criminal defense lawyer to represent you if you have been accused of committing a military crime.


Officials from the city of Biloxi sent a proposal to the U.S. Army Corps asking for base that will be able to support military training during World War II. In March 1941, the U.S. Army Corps agreed to the proposal and gave permission to build a base. Construction of the base began in 1941. It would turn out to be the most expensive project funded by the government in the State of Mississippi.

The base, which was called Army Air Corps Station No. 8, Aviation Mechanics School, was activated by the War Department. The base was named after 2nd Lt. Samuel Reeves Keesler Jr. who died from wounds received during World War I. He was an aerial observer, and belonged to the 24th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, which fought in France.

After its activation, Capt. Samuel A. Mundell came to the base to take its charge. After two days, a startup unit, which had arrived from Scott Field, Illinois, joined him. There were 20 enlisted men and a 2nd lieutenant who were part of the startup unit. A few days later Lt. Col. William J Hanlon came to the base to replace Capt. Mundell. The base received its first permanent commander when Arthur W. Brock joined the unit on July 17, 1941.

The first squadron to be hosted by the base was the 310th Technical School Squadron in 1941. Three other training units, the 301st, 303rd, and 304th Technical School Squadrons also shifted into the permanent military quarters.

During World War II, Keesler AFB served as a training base to numerous young soldiers. The training sessions usually went on for four weeks, at the end of which, the soldiers were divided into categories based on their skills. Some soldiers pursued careers as engine and airplane mechanics whereas a few others, joined aerial gunnery and aviation schools. Until the end of World War II, soldiers were being trained at the base. After the end of WWII, the training programs at the base ceased.

In the 1950s the base went through many organizational changes. Keesler was increasingly becoming a popular training base and it adopted new technological innovations to conduct the training sessions. In 1953, Keesler had started providing instruction via television. Due to the rapid rate of innovation, Keesler had to be upgraded and expanded quite frequently.


Keesler AFB is hosted by the 81st Training Wing as well as the Headquarters 2nd Air Force. It is considered as the center for electronics, computer and weather training in the United States Air Force. The 2nd Air Force is responsible for the training at Keesler AFB and it answers to the Air Education and Training Command, located in Randolph AFB, Texas.

In recent times, there have been many pilots graduating from Keesler AFB after finishing their training in C-21 aircrafts. Doctors, nurses and other medical care providers have also received training at this base.

Keesler AFB made headlines in 2013, when a military officer, TSgt Bobby D. Bass, Jr. was convicted of abusive sexual contact, maltreatment, dereliction of duty and a few other charges. TSgt Bass was accused of mistreating his team of 55 members. He made the members do their drills in the nude, hit their genitals, and forced the members to apply icy-hot on their genitals as a part of their punishment. The judge ordered him to six months confinement, reduced his grade to E-5 and he also had to forfeit his pay of $1000 for three months.


Military Defense Attorney Joseph L. Jordan is a Keesler AFB military criminal defense lawyer, certified by the American Bar Association, who can fight your case if you have been charged of military crimes. He will be able to provide a superior level of legal representation in case of accusations of UCMJ crimes.

He also represents clients charged with Article 81 Conspiracy, NJP Article 15, and clients who face a court martial, or dishonorable discharge. Call (866) 971-4355 today to get started.


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