Camp Shelby invites media to view unmanned aircraft training - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Camp Shelby invites media to view unmanned aircraft training

Posted: Updated:
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.
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • A string of car burglaries linked by a manufacturer flaw

    A string of car burglaries linked by a manufacturer flaw

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:01:36 GMT
    It's something Johnson City Police said they've never seen before.Police said starting in late July there's been a string of car burglaries with GM SUVs.In the last month this has happened to seven in Johnson City, four in Bristol, and none so far in Kingsport.One local GM dealer, Tim Copenhaver, told me with the more recent models from 2007 up to 2014 it's easy to cut the power off from the outside. He said he suspects thieves are going up under the front right wheel and cutting the electric...More >>
    It's something Johnson City Police said they've never seen before.Police said starting in late July there's been a string of car burglaries with GM SUVs.In the last month this has happened to seven in Johnson City, four in Bristol, and none so far in Kingsport.One local GM dealer, Tim Copenhaver, told me with the more recent models from 2007 up to 2014 it's easy to cut the power off from the outside. He said he suspects thieves are going up under the front right wheel and cutting the electric...More >>
  • Baby in critical condition after being left in trash can

    Baby in critical condition after being left in trash can

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-27 06:43:08 GMT

    Neighbors found the infant Tuesday, after hearing a sound coming from their trash can. 

    More >>

    Neighbors found the infant Tuesday, after hearing a sound coming from their trash can. 

    More >>
  • FL mother: 911 didn't help baby locked in hot car

    FL mother: 911 didn't help baby locked in hot car

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:17:20 GMT

    A 10-month-old accidentally locked himself inside a hot car, and his mom says a 911 dispatcher didn't immediately send help.

    More >>

    A 10-month-old accidentally locked himself inside a hot car, and his mom says a 911 dispatcher didn't immediately send help.

    More >>
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.

Copyright 2012. WDAM. All rights reserved.