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Jade Helm 15 begins as Shelby plans for separate training exercise

Exportable Combat Training Center (XCTC) exercises will begin this Saturday at Camp Shelby and last about three weeks. Exportable Combat Training Center (XCTC) exercises will begin this Saturday at Camp Shelby and last about three weeks.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

A controversial, two-month-long Army training exercise called Jade Helm 15 started Wednesday in seven states, including Mississippi.

The Army has not given any specifics about Camp Shelby's role. 

Some fringe websites suggest Jade Helm is laying the groundwork for martial law.  

But, the Army said the public will see little disruption during the training.

Meanwhile, thousands of military personnel are about to participate in a another training exercise separate from Jade Helm that's a first for Camp Shelby.

Solders from the Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, along with active-duty troops from different branches of the armed forces, will take part in Exportable Combat Training Center (XCTC) exercises beginning this weekend. 

Mississippi National Guard officials said the goal of the exercise is to demonstrate how well National Guard, Reserve and active-duty forces can work together.

"It will start on the 18th with the 1st Battalion of the 155 (ABCT), they'll start doing their gunnery," said Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, adjutant general for the State of Mississppi. "That will be the first actual training event that we'll kick off with, but we're going to run this exercise for the next three weeks and we're going to stagger units from the 155th Brigade in." 

Collins also said many high-ranking government and military leaders will be visiting the post to observe the training.

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