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Military retirees get close-up look at unmanned aerial vehicle

This RQ-7 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was viewed by military retirees and their families at Camp Shelby Thursday. This RQ-7 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was viewed by military retirees and their families at Camp Shelby Thursday.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

Some soldier training at Camp Shelby in the future will involve not only boots on the ground, but also eyes to the sky. At the end of this year, the post will expand its training of National Guard platoons which utilize the RQ-7 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. 

One of them was on display to the public this past Thursday during the annual Retiree Day at Camp Shelby.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the post would be home to a new unmanned aerial vehicle regional flight center, which will bring nearly $50 million of new equipment and training systems to Camp Shelby.

"We will train basically all the Shadow platoons for the brigade combat teams in the National Guard here at Camp Shelby," said Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, Mississippi's adjutant general. "Like I always tell everybody, all we need is an opportunity to compete. If we can compete and it's fair competition, we're going to be hard to beat and that was the case with the unmanned aerial systems. So, we won that contract and we're looking forward to starting that training here at Camp Shelby," Collins said.

Camp Shelby competed against 19 other sites in the country for that regional flight center.

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