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Soldiers at Camp Shelby prepare to fly the RQ-11 Raven, one of the unmanned aircraft systems used at the post's new Regional Flight Center. Soldiers at Camp Shelby prepare to fly the RQ-11 Raven, one of the unmanned aircraft systems used at the post's new Regional Flight Center.
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CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

Camp Shelby administrators and training officers are giving the public a look at some of the newest high-tech training taking place at the post.

Friday, local news organizations were invited to a media day to view operations at the post's new Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center.

Since last spring, dozens of National Guard and active-duty soldiers have learned how to utilize several types of unmanned aircraft systems for reconnaissance, surveillence and battlefield damage assesments.   

Those systems include the RQ-11 Raven, the RQ-20 Puma and the RQ-7 Shadow.

"Instead of sending soldiers forward to what we call recon-by-fire, now we can send something out ahead of them, which does not cost a life," said Maj. Martin J. Lovelady, facility commander.

"Not only for the State of Mississippi is this important, but it's important for the rest of the nation as well," said Warrant Officer Michael Bradburn, of the Regional Flight Center. "The Regional Flight Center was put together to support the entire National Guard and on top of that, we've been able to support numerous active-duty units as well," he said.

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