Shelby to continue training, despite troop withdrawals

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi's top military commander says Camp Shelby will continue to play a vital role in training soldiers for overseas deployment, even as the U.S. pulls most of its forces from Iraq and begins to draw down troop levels in Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. William Freeman says as an "Enduring Mobilization Site," Camp Shelby will still be responsible for training many soldiers for duty in Afghanistan and other areas of the world.

In the coming weeks, an Army National Guard brigade from New York will train at Camp Shelby and next spring, another brigade from Arkansas is set to train at the post for a deployment to the Middle East.

"The way we understand the big picture is, that Shelby, Fort Bliss, Fort Hood and Fort Dix will all be what we call, "Enduring Mobilization Sites" and we will continue to mobilize and have people come to train here in the future," said Freeman. "At what scale, I do not know at this point. That depends on the activity we have in Afghanistan and should any other conflict come up, but there will be people here training at shelby in the near future, as far as we know," Freeman said.

Next Week, Freeman will leave for Kuwait to spend Thanksgiving with Mississippi National Guard soldiers who are serving in that country.

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