“Air Force BMT remains vital to renew the force and to the delivery of air and space power any time, any place,” she said. “Keesler (AFB)’s training mission is already set up with many of the facilities and procedures required to execute the mission.”
Another reason Keesler AFB was chosen for BMT was that members of the 81st Training Wing and its detachments already conduct more than 160 career field specialty training courses.
“Having trainees finish BMT and head across the base to begin technical training eliminates the need to transport trainees to another location after graduation,” Tullos said. “Limiting movement effectively limits the number of times our Airmen could potentially be exposed to COVID-19.”
Keesler AFB BMT is a contingency option and is not designed to be implemented longer than 180 days, but it is designed to be sustainable for longer periods if required, Tullos said. She also said there are no current plans to continue BMT at multiple locations following the COVID-19 pandemic.