Maj Amber Ortiz, Commander, 81st FSS

Maj Amber Ortiz
Commander, 81 FSS

"I Believe In:
Dignity & Respect
Service Excellence &
Know Your Why"

Commander's Corner

Like many Americans, I grew up looking forward to the freedom and adventures of summer.
I was a “summer camp kid” who thrived on the chance to meet new people and “reinvent”
myself as a budding new artist, athlete, and outdoorsman. My summer adventures stood
as confidence builders and the friends I made saw me through the challenges of adolescence. Years later, as a young Airman in the dorms, I grew to rely on my fellow Airmen through outdoor events and Airman-focused programs. Participating in summer outdoor programs, I stepped out of my shell and realized new talents, interests, and friendships.

As summer weather continues to bless us here in beautiful Biloxi, Mississippi, the 81st Force
Support Squadron (81 FSS) is proud to offer Airmen and families of all ages, a variety of outdoor camps, programs, and adventures. For your kids, check out our Kids Craft Day, Teen “Friday Night Fun” with pick-up and drop-off available at Bayridge and West Falcon Housing areas, the Youth Center sponsored Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s “Smart Girls Lock-in,” or our Youth Soccer league for ages 5-12.

For our junior Airmen, consider joining us for a Permanent Party Pool Party, Technical Training
Airman “End of Summer Bash,” the Club’s Trivia Night, Single Airman Program (SAP) canvas painting and white water rafting (discounted rates available for all single Airmen and officers), Dorm Resident Bowling Nights (on Wednesdays), and all-new cooking classes focused on single and dormitory-style cooking.

For groups, singles, or families, join us on National Bowling Day, Muscle Mania Powerlifting Competition, or for Friday Nights at the Range. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s Tails ‘N Ales, a coastal spin on Octoberfest, happening September 27th at Keesler’s Marina Park!

Here in 81 FSS, we are committed to our mission, “Taking Care of Airmen and Their Families… from Homefront to Warfront.” Find out more about our late summer programs and resiliency capabilities in our magazine or on our website!




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