81st Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 18, 2019
View down McNarney Drive of some of the 36 new units opening to junior NCO families March 20 in Thrower Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
In July 2019, the 81st Training Wing hosted housing forums to address the health, safety and quality concerns of military families living in base privatized housing.
In the three months since the forums, representatives from the 81st TRW, Hunt Housing, 81st Medical Group, 81st Security Forces Squadron, and the Military Housing Office have worked to provide updates and respond to residents’ questions and concerns.
“The housing forums were very important to me as a means to confront our housing issues head on with transparency. The action items we took from those forums formed the foundation for our continued work with Hunt to review base housing conditions, improve maintenance processes, and proactively address safety and security concerns,” said Col. Heather Blackwell, 81st Training Wing commander. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I feel confident we are making progress. The progress is never as fast as I would like, but I’m not letting up on ensuring our base housing residents have a safe, secure, and healthful environment in which to live.”
Keeping in line with larger Air Force housing initiatives, Keesler’s privatized housing initiatives are grouped along five major lines of effort. Below are key updates on each initiative the Keesler wing leadership team is working.