Media, VIPs, witness historic training at Shelby

Media, VIPs, witness historic training at Shelby

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Thousands of National Guard, Reserve and active-duty soldiers are at Camp Shelby, participating in a joint training exercise that's a first for the post south of Hattiesburg.  It's called Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) and the goal is to increase proficiency at the platoon level, in preparation for larger training exercises to be held over the next two years.

Troops from the Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team are taking part, along with soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team from Ft. Hood, Texas.

Friday, the Army invited state government officials and the media to see some of the training, which included a mass casualty exercise and live fire from mobile artillery.

About 4,600 soldiers are involved the training, which will end on Aug. 18.