Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center says goodbye to medical task force

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is saying 'Good-bye' to the Medical Task Force in a special 'Casing of the Colors' ceremony today at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

The Medical Task Force is comprised of two activated Army Reserve units; the 7244th Medical Support Unit from Mount Carmel, Tenn. and the 7241st Medical Support Unit of Lexington, Ky. Commanded by Lt. Col. Brett H. Venable of Portsmouth, Va. and the senior non-commissioned officer is First Sgt. Petelo Mikaele of American Samoa.

The ceremony commemorates the outstanding achievements of the Medical Task Force during their mobilized time at Camp Shelby and expound upon their efforts in the medical mobilization and demobilization processing of over 200,000 military service men and women to include 35 Brigade Combat Teams, whom deployed in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.

Military dignitaries from Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, the Army Reserve Medical Command as well as the Camp Shelby Command were in attendance to commemorate the efforts of this prestigious unit.

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center continues to meet the challenges of providing for the Nation's defense by planning, developing, and providing a constantly evolving diverse and demanding training environment to meet new and emerging threats to our Nation's security