Information about the Military Star Program

The Military Star School program is designed to help schools respond to the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school and keep them on track to be college, workforce, and life-ready. Military-connected refers to children of service members on active duty, and in the National Guard and Reserves. The program awards public schools a Military Star designation if they have certain resources in place to accommodate children of a current or former member of the military. There are 31 states that have passed/issued legislation, executive order, or similar. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed Executive Order NO. 1561- Military Star School Program on February 21, 2022.

MDE School Liaison Contact Information

School Liaisons Office 228-376-8505

School liaisons are located at each installation and are the main contact for military families, local school systems and installation leadership for school-related matters pre-K through grade 12. School liaisons are experienced professionals who support, advise and build partnerships with the civilian and military community to help address common education challenges of military families. School liaison support is available at no cost and open to all Defense Department identification card holders, educators who serve military students and community partners involved with pre-K-12 education.

School Liaison Contacts

Larry Mullins, NAS Meridian

Office: 601-679-2473

Cell: 601-479-2025

Mona Odom, NCBC Gulfport

Office: 228-871-2117

Cell: 228-323-6105

Joni L. Nalley, Columbus AFB

Office: 662-434-2792

Cell: 662-352-6456

Gerald Cross, Keesler AFB