Troop numbers thinning at Camp Shelby

Thousands of soldiers from as far away as Alaska and Puerto Rico have trained at Camp Shelby in recent years, pumping millions into the local economy.

But the needs of the military have changed, and the number of guard soldiers training there has decreased significantly.

Shelby had been training massive brigade combat teams each made up of 4,000 soldiers that deployed together for missions in Iraq. Now fewer than 1,000 soldiers are currently training on the 136,000-acre base south of Hattiesburg.