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

Fall is here and in Biloxi, Mississippi, that means the heat and humidity are finally subsiding! For many Keesler Airman, we are also in that wonderful season after summer Permanent Changes of Station (PCS), when we are starting to get the hang of new units, new jobs, and new community and base cultures. For other Airmen, this season is a time to slow down and prepare for the positive and negative stress that will come with the winter holidays ahead… seeing family, missing family, and weathering the colder, cloudier months.

In the 81st Force Support Squadron (81 FSS), we take seriously the charge to provide Airmen and their families with programs, activities, and events that support individual resiliency, build unit cohesion, and encourage a strong “Dragon” community. This season, slow down and walk the park at our 16th Annual “Cruisin Keesler” Car Show or pick up a new hobby by participating in the “FlingGolf” Demo, an athletic alternative to traditional golf. For our single Airmen, consider joining us for a “Ghost Tour” in New Orleans, Rock Climbing in Sand Rock, Alabama, Dorm Resident Bowling Nights (on Wednesdays), or a “Culinary Creations” class focused on single and dormitory-style cooking.

For Airmen, friends, and families looking to connect as a community, don’t miss October’s First Friday “Art Inspo” Viewing, and get dressed up for “Ghouls in the Park” where this year’s theme is Grimm’s Fairy Tales. If a night in the park isn’t your thing, come bowl with us on our themed “Halloween Costume Contest” night or “Turkey Bowl.” Finally, for units, supervisors, or Airmen thinking of hosting others on Thanksgiving Day, we can make it easier with our Thanksgiving Brunch and Thanksgiving Meals To-Go (reserve by Nov. 22).

Here at 81 FSS, we are committed to our mission, “Taking Care of Airmen and Their Families…from Homefront to Warfront.” Find out more about our fall programs, resiliency support efforts, and community building events in our magazine or on our website!




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