I was stationed in Biloxi twice during my 20 (two different schools).
As for equipment...the starter kits are great. I suggest going with the one that includes the Auto-siphon.
I, personally, got all my kegging equipment from KegConnection. Good prices, good equipment, and very helpful. Two things that I wish I had done from the beginning was a bigger CO2 bottle (I had ordered the 4 lb) and a double body regulator (for 2 different pressures).