“I didn’t want to release any classified information today,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich quipped at Wednesday’s Breakfast with the Mayor before he revealed two major updates on Keesler Air Force Base.
He said the groundbreaking for the base’s Division Street gate will be June 1, and the base is one of the top contenders in the country for the newly consolidated battlefield airman training program.
The new gate is an announcement 15 years in the making, he said. It will be built at the western end of Division Street for easier access to Interstate 110, and to eliminate the need to cross railroad tracks to get to the White Avenue main gate.
Gilich had made a new gate for Keesler his mission when he was elected mayor in May 2015.
“This is No. 1 on my list of priorities,” he said at the time. “We must move the gate to Division Street to strengthen the base’s security posture and to help protect it against future BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) initiatives. Keesler is vital to Biloxi’s economy and growth, and this move is critical to protecting Keesler’s mission.”