ROGER WICKER: Military presence enhances life in Mississippi

Patriotism is never in short supply in our state, and it was certainly on full display at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi on Oct. 25. I joined Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Rep. Steven Palazzo, and our service members from south Mississippi at the 38th annual Gulf Coast Salute to the Military.

Salute to the Military is an annual tribute to our active-duty troops, veterans, and those who lost their lives in combat. It also honors the strength of the Gulf Coast’s military community. In her remarks, Secretary James noted that Keesler Air Force Base has provided critical technical training to most of the Air Force’s airmen. Keesler – which marks its 75th anniversary this year – is well known for its history and excellence, having recently been recognized as a top Air Force base.

Mississippi’s military communities and skilled workforce have earned widespread attention for their contributions to national security and defense manufacturing.

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