Keesler AFB - Small Business Contracting Assistance and Guidance

 Keesler AFB Air Force Base 81st Training Wing 403rd Wing


Keesler Air Force Base (AFB) - Small business contracting information and assistance. Small business set-aside contracts and subcontracting opportunities with prime defense contractors at Keesler AFB. Information about the types of products, equipment, materials, and services procured to support this Air Force installation. Helpful points of contact and assistance with doing business at Keesler AFB.  


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Keesler AFB has been designated as the Air Force's "Electronics Training Center of Excellence." The host unit of Keesler AFB is the 81st Training Wing. The 81st TW trains newly minted Airmen and military personnel from the other branches of service in a variety of technical skills they will use in their duties.

The 81st TW trains more than 28,000 students (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, federal civil service) each year across a broad spectrum of 400 courses covering 37 different career fields. Training programs include such diverse technical subjects as: electronics, meteorology, communication systems, computer systems, air traffic control, airfield management, command post operations, air weapons control, education and instructor training, precision measurement, financial management, and defense comptroller, manpower and personnel management, radar operations, and cyber training. Keesler also provides advanced training for military doctors, nurses, and technicians in numerous medical specialties. 

Keesler AFB Air Force Base Map Mississippi

Keesler AFB is located in Biloxi
on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. 

Another key unit at Keesler AFB is the 403rd Wing.  The 403rd Wing is an Air Force Reserve tenant unit. The 403rd Wing is the parent unit to the famed "Hurricane Hunters." The 403rd Wing conducts tactical airlift missions, weather reconnaissance, and combat airlift support. The 403rd Wing has over 1,400 Air Force Reservists.  

2nd Air Force manages nearly 2,700 active training courses. The annual student load for these courses totals over 150,000 students. These courses include technical training, basic military training, medical training, and distance learning courses. These training courses are conducted not only at Keesler AFB, but at many other locations such as: Goodfellow, Lackland, Sheppard, and Vandenberg Air Force Bases. In addition, 2nd AF manages 92 aircraft maintenance training programs at Air Force detachments worldwide. 

Keesler AFB is also the home to the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron (EIS). The 85th EIS has nearly 200 Air Force personnel. The 85th EIS can design, engineer, and install computers and electronics equipment for expeditionary forces. The 85th EIS provides electromagnetic hazard and interference investigations for DoD.  It also provide DoD forces with High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) protection.   

Columbus AFB Organizations and Tenant Units 

  • 81st Training Wing (81st TW) - Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
    • 81st Training Group 
    • 81st Mission Support Group 
    • 81st Medical Group
    • Keesler Medical Center
  • 403rd Wing - Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
    • Second Air Force (2nd AF) - Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
    • 85th Engineering Installation Squadron (85th EIS)  
    • Keesler Marine Detachment - U.S. Marine Corps

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    81st Training Wing's Contracting Office 
         81st CONS
         310 M Street,  Room 102
         Keesler AFB, Mississippi  39534-2147
         Phones: (228) 377-1823  /  (228) 377-1803  / (228) 377-1831 

    Small Business Opportunities at Keesler AFB 
    To sustain its operations and support activities, Keesler AFB procures equipment, parts, products, materiel, and services from commercial sources. The 81st Contracting Squadron (81st CONS) at Keesler AFB awards and administers government contracts.  A significant portion of these contracts are set aside for small businesses. There are also numerous opportunities for small businesses to work at Keesler AFB as vendors, suppliers, and subcontractors to prime government contractors. 

    Keesler Air Force Base (AFB) Small Business Office: 
          81 CONS  Phone: (228) 377-3131


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