Shelby to host 5,000 soldiers, airmen in July for Exportable Combat Training

Shelby to host 5,000 soldiers, airmen in July for Exportable Combat Training

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Thousands of National Guard, active-duty and reserve soldiers, along with Air Force units, will spend three weeks at Camp Shelby later this summer honing their skills in a large training exercise.

It is part of the National Guard's Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) program and it will help prepare Mississippi's 155th Brigade Combat Team and other state units for additional training at the Army's National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, in 2017.

More than 5,000 service personnel will participate, including active-duty troops from Ft. Hood, Texas.

"This is our opportunity to show the world and the nation what the National Guard can do in a time of a crisis, in a time that we have a contingency that they may have to go forward. so we're looking forward to this," said Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, Mississippi's adjutant general. "It's the first time we've had this type of exercise at Camp Shelby, we'll be having a lot of visitors who'll be coming down to observe it," he said.

The exercise will feature infantry, armor and attack helicopters and will take place beginning in late July.