Camp Shelby prepares for its Centennial Celebration

Camp Shelby prepares for its Centennial Celebration

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Military personnel and civilian staff at Camp Shelby are preparing to mark the post's 100th birthday.

Two major events in July will be held as part of Camp Shelby's Centennial Celebration.

On July 13, a "Centennial Salute" will take place at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Tickets for that event are available online at the Lake Terrace Facebook Event page. They can also be purchased at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

On July 15, Camp Shelby will host a free Family Day, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Friday, Camp Shelby commander Col. Greg Michel and Mississippi Armed Forces Museum director Chad Daniels hosted a news conference about the events.

"This centennial period is a good chance for our civilian community to come out and engage with Camp Shelby and meet some of the great people who work everyday here to keep this camp, to be one of the premiere platforms for the military to use to train soldiers for overseas service," said Daniels.

"(It is the) largest state training facility in the nation, 136,000 acres, economic impact of half a billion dollars a year to the state of Mississippi and almost $100 million to the local community," said Michel. "We want the community to come out and see exactly what we have here."            

Camp Shelby was officially established on July 18, 1917.