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

If January is the month of “New Year…New You,” February and March are the months when perseverance and commitment pay off in the dissolution of old habits and the conquering of long-time and unexpected challenges. Just four short weeks ago, many of us set goals to improve our health, lose weight, pay off debts, or improve our sleep in 2020. We committed to investing in our relationships, building new friendships, and taking more time for our overall wellness. In a similar fashion, we in the 81st Force Support Squadron took January seriously, rolling out a new squadron mission statement, “To serve, support, and ready Keesler’s Total Force Community… from Homefront to Warfront.” Even more so, we set a vision to “Become the enterprise leader providing unparalleled, innovative, and inspired Force Support.”

Throughout January, delivering on our mission and striving towards a new vision, we teamed with the Air Force Services Center (AFSVC) to invest $315,000 into a renovation of Gaudé Lanes Snack Bar and Lounge. We invite you to join us for a Grand Opening on February 7th at 3 p.m. Also coming in February, for those with health and wellness goals or commitments to making new friends, 81 FSS is excited to off er a variety of fitness classes, private fitness instruction, intramural sports, and a Mardi Gras 5K open to adults and kids! For those committed to deepening relationships this year, we invite couples to experience a Sunset Valentine’s Cruise or romantic dinner at the Bay Breeze Event Center overlooking the bay. Plan a golf date or work on your swing with one of our February Golf Clinics or the Super Scramble. On the singles scene, check out Single Airmen Free Bowling Night at Gaudé Lanes every Wednesday.

In March, we will debut AFSVC’s $125,000 investment in equipment, systems, and training at a Grand Re-opening of the Bay Breeze Event Center’s “Pressed: Paninis and Coffee” and Back Bay Café. Also in March, we are excited to push the envelope of innovative programming by offering new Outdoor Recreation opportunities for families and singles. We’ll send families out on a facilitated Family Camping Trip and guide Airmen of all ages on a Fontainebleau Hike or Overnight Float Trip at Red Creek, MS. In keeping with Keesler Air Force Base tradition, we’ll open team registration for the annual Crawfish Cook-off ,
scheduled for March 27th.

In 81 FSS, we believe your New Year’s resolutions and commitments to self, friends, and family are strengthened when you learn, play, and embrace new experiences in the community. We invite you and your family to discover all that Keesler has to off er on base and in the region. Find out more about these and other opportunities in this magazine or at our website discoverkeesler.com.



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