CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - A new, $42 million barracks complex at Camp Shelby has been dedicated in honor of four National Guard soldiers who lost their lives in combat in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
The Operational Readiness Training Complex (ORTC) includes four buildings with a total of more than 1,300 beds.
Each building bears the name of a Guardsman who was killed in action.
Lunsford Hall is named for Sgt. Audrey D. Lunsford of Sardis, Miss., Rahaim Hall is named for Sgt. Joseph A. Rahaim of Laurel and Miller Hall is named for Capt. Lowell T. Miller of Flint Township, Mich. All three were killed in action Iraq in 2005.
A fourth building is called Robinson Hall, in honor of Sgt. First Class Christopher L. Robinson of Brandon, Miss., who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006.
Each of the buildings will display a bronze plaque bearing the name and image of the fallen soldier being honored.
"These four buildings, multi-million dollar buildings, for years to come, people will be able to come and see the names and the likeness of these four soldiers and know that they paid it all, so that we would have the opportunity to live, work and play in a free society," said Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, adjutant general for the State of Mississippi. Collins spoke at a dedication ceremony at Camp Shelby Saturday for the ORTC.
During the ceremony, family members of the fallen soldiers helped Collins unveil their individual plaques.