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National Guard breaks ground for multi-million dollar barracks facility at Camp Shelby

Camp Shelby officials and other dignitaries break ground for a new $41.4 million barracks facility. Camp Shelby officials and other dignitaries break ground for a new $41.4 million barracks facility.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

The Mississippi National Guard is about to undertake an ambitious project to replace decades-old, barracks facilities at Camp Shelby. Thursday, National Guard officials broke ground for a new Operational Readiness Training Complex which will house about 1,300 soldiers.

The $41.4 million facility, expected to be completed in two years, will be made up of four, four-story barracks. It's part of a multi-phase plan in the coming years to construct new state-of-the-art housing for soldiers at the post.

"They'll have individual rooms with no more than two to three soldiers per room, as opposed to the open-bay barracks that we have at Camp Shelby now," said Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, adjutant general for Mississippi. "There will be new cafeterias constructed at some point that will be in close proximity to the buildings where the soldiers will stay," Collins said.

"This is an obvious commitment on the Army's part to keep Camp Shelby on the map," said Col. Brad Smith, commander of Camp Shelby. "(It's) another addition to the arsenal, if you will, of capabilities at Camp Shelby," Smith said.

Since 2004, Camp Shelby has hosted more than 400,000 National Guard and Reserve soldiers for routine annual training and for mobilization for deployments overseas.

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