Iowa, Idaho troops to train at Camp Shelby

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - The remainder of 2010 will be a busy time for the thousands of soldiers at Camp Shelby who are training other troops for the War on Terror. In the coming months, 2 new brigades of National Guard soldiers will be calling Hattiesburg home for a few weeks as they train for duty overseas.

"Later this summer, we have a brigade from Iowa coming, that will bring about 3,000-plus people," said Major General William Freeman, Mississippi's Adjutant General. "Then, we have a brigade from Idaho coming later in October and we'll have somewhere around 7,000 people mobilized here, somewhere around the middle of October, before one of the brigades deploys, so Camp Shelby continues to be an active mobilization site here in the Hattiesburg-area," General Freeman said.

He was at Camp Shelby Friday for the post's annual Retiree's Day.

Since 2004, Camp Shelby has trained more than 111,000 soldiers for duty overseas.

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