Military

Military Order of the Cootie celebrates 100th anniversary at State Veterans Home

A group of Hattiesburg-area veterans celebrated a special anniversary Thursday afternoon at the State Veterans Home in Collins.

  Miss. Guard to host National Best Warrior Competition for first time

  Pandemic pushes summer Guard training into the fall at Camp Shelby

Ridgeland World War II veteran receives medals on 100th birthday

  National Guard reschedules Shelby Retiree Day for Nov. 5

  Late Hattiesburg veteran honored at commemoration of end of WWII

  National Guard engineers extending airport road

Continued Coverage

VA awards over $2.1M to end Miss. Veteran homlessness

  MSNG largest unit introduces first female commander

Reunion of WWII soldiers at Camp Shelby postponed

  National Guard’s 155th Brigade participates in intensive training at Camp Shelby

Mississippi National Guard postpones Retiree Day due to COVID-19

  National Guard taking steps to prevent spread of COVID as 155th begins XCTC training

  Halfway point reached in home rebuild for Forrest County disabled veteran

Volunteers have reached the halfway point in rebuilding a house for Jack Walker, a Forrest County disabled veteran who lost his home in a fire two years ago.

  Mississippi Armed Forces Museum Reopens

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum reopened Saturday just in time for the Fourth of July.

  Camp Shelby museum to complete reopening process on July 4

The main exhibit hall at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby will be open to the public July 4, for the first time in nearly four months.

  Number of soldiers training at Shelby to increase in the coming weeks

Camp Shelby commander Col. Bobby Ginn says thousands of soldiers from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Puerto Rico will train at the post from July through October.

  Camp Shelby training unit hosts two change of command ceremonies

Camp Shelby training unit hosting two change of command ceremonies

Pair arrested in murder of Miss. National Guard member

  Laurel Veterans Memorial Museum reopening

MS National Guard returns home from D.C. after 5 days of assisting with protests

Mississippi National Guard sends 400 to D.C. in response to riots

  Youth Challenge hosts drive-thru graduation ceremony

Nearly 200 former high school drop-outs from across Mississippi graduated Saturday morning from the latest class of the Mississippi National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy.

  197 to graduate from National Guard Youth Challenge

Saturday’s graduation will take place at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum and it will consist of two parts.

  First responders ‘light up Mississippi’ for Memorial Day

“That dark space that you have in your heart right now, we in the state of Mississippi would like to light that up right now. We pay tribute to you as well in these days and times. It is tough out here,” said Sheriff K.C. Hamp.

  VFW, American Legion members place flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day

Many veterans from the Hattiesburg area spent Saturday morning participating in a patriotic activity that honored other veterans.

  National Guard soldiers hope Pine Belt residents remember the fallen on Memorial Day

Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 25 and some soldiers with the Mississippi National Guard are hoping Pine Belt residents will not only enjoy the holiday with family and friends, but also remember the nation’s fallen heroes.

  Camp Shelby honors fallen heroes with online Memorial Day Ceremony

During the event, a wreath was placed to honor the families of fallen soldiers.

  Families welcome home soldiers from the Mississippi Army National Guard

It was a celebration Thursday as the soldiers from the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 859th Vertical Engineer Company arrived back in Pascagoula.

  Hattiesburg plans to host non-public Memorial Day ceremony

The City of Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Veterans Committee are teaming up to host an annual Memorial Day program at Veterans Park in downtown Hattiesburg.

Students create ‘Welcome Home’ signs for return of Mississippi National Guard soldiers

Coast students and youth council members gathered to create posters to give Mississippi National Guard soldiers a warm welcome home.

WATCH: USM Army ROTC holds virtual commissioning ceremony

You can watch the ceremony live starting at 11 a.m.

  Camp Shelby to host online-only Memorial Day ceremony

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby will host an annual Memorial Day ceremony in a few days, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it will take place only on the internet this year.

  Coronavirus affecting annual summer training at Camp Shelby

The coronavirus is affecting annual summer training for the National Guard at Camp Shelby.

  Miss. National Guard honors healthcare heroes to kick off Nurses Week

On the first day of National Nurses Week, National Guard members stepped forward to honor healthcare heroes at UMMC for their selfless service.

Moss Point sailor baptized at sea aboard the USS Truman

A Moss Point native was baptized at sea aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman last week.

Veterans Health Care System confirms one veteran has died from coronavirus

In total, that brings the number of coronavirus cases reported by GCVHCS to six.

  Reeves: Camp Shelby preparing to house 200 hospital beds

Camp Shelby is being outfitted to house 200 hospital beds.

VA hospital prepares for possible influx of COVID-19 patients

The G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson now has 33 new beds to treat coronavirus patients if needed.

  Gov. Reeves visits Camp Shelby for COVID-19 response planning

Gov. Tate Reeves paid a visit to Camp Shelby Friday to prepare a plan in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mississippi’s governor has activated the National Guard. Here’s what they’ll be doing...

Guard leaders want to allay any worries in the community by explaining that their mission in this situation is primarily a humanitarian one.

  Coronavirus outbreak prompts changes at Camp Shelby

The coronavirus pandemic is prompting some changes in training and personnel at Camp Shelby.

  Miss. Air National Guard commander promoted at Camp Shelby

Brig. Gen. Billy Nabors was promoted to a two-star rank Monday morning at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.

All four Mississippi State Veterans Homes implement no-visitor policy

There are still no positive cases of COVID-19 at any of the four Mississippi State Veterans Homes at this time.

MS Veterans Home in Collins will have restricted access to visitors

“The safety and well-being of our Veterans, employees, and their families are our highest priority.”

  Forrest Co. veteran receives grant for construction of new home

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and The First presented Miss. National Guard veteran Jack Walker with a $10,000 Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) Grant Friday.

  National Guard prepares for hurricane season with Patriot South 2020 exercise

The Mississippi National Guard is preparing for hurricane season.

  22nd Black History Parade held in Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg residents gathered along Tuscan Avenue Saturday afternoon to see the Hub City’s 22nd annual Black History Parade.

  Armorbearers helping build new home for disabled Forrest County veteran

A Gulf Coast-based organization that helps disabled veterans with housing needs is coordinating the building of a new home for a Forrest County veteran who lost his home in a fire two years ago.

  Camp Shelby hosting annual Best Warrior Competition

Nearly a dozen soldiers from across the U.S. are at Camp Shelby for an elite annual test of skills.

  American Legion national commander speaks in Hattiesburg

The national commander of the American Legion was in Hattiesburg Tuesday night.

Law enforcement, Patriot Guard Riders provide escort for body of Taylorsville soldier

A South Mississippi soldier who died on Valentine’s Day was escorted from Jackson to Laurel Saturday.

Body of Mississippi soldier to return home Saturday

Cpl. Zachary Austin Holloway will be escorted to Laurel where he will be laid to rest next week.

  Camp Shelby soldiers tour African American Military History Museum

Hundreds of members of the 177th Armored Brigade at Camp Shelby toured Hattiesburg’s African American Military History Museum Thursday as part of the unit’s recognition of Black History Month.

  FCAH teachers experience Marine recruit graduation

Forrest County Agriculture High School teachers had the chance to watch hundreds of Marine recruits graduate from basic training.

  Military dad surprises son’s kindergarten class after more than a year overseas

While kindergarten students at Woolmarket Elementary were busy building up their creative skills, 5-year-old Ezra Knight soon learned that the real lesson of the day was all about love.

  FCAHS history teachers enjoy Parris Island Museum

Since 1915, those at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island have dedicated countless hours to training the country’s elite fighting forces.

  FCAHS teachers experience Marine Corps boot camp: day two

The Marine Educators Workshop invites teachers and administrators from all over the country to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to see what recruits go through during the 13-week training.

  Pine Belt natives making way through Marine recruit training

WDAM sat down with two Pine Belt Marine recruits to talk about their journey through boot camp.

  Miss. adjutant general gives keynote speech at annual Laurel DAR luncheon

The head of the Mississippi National Guard was in Laurel Tuesday to speak to a patriotic organization.

  FCAHS teachers experience Marine Corps boot camp

Early Wednesday morning, more than 80 educators stepped on the famous yellow footprints and through the hatches of Marine Corps boot camp.

  African American Military History Museum prepares for Black History Month

For Black History Month, the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg is honoring African American women in the Armed Forces and beyond.

  Wounded Minutemen get $7K from Columbia veterans picnic, car show

An organization that helps wounded veterans in Mississippi received a large donation from an annual event that’s held in Marion County.

Camp Shelby to take part in large-scale training exercise from MSNG

Southern Strike will take place from Thursday, Jan. 30 – Feb. 15, 2020

  Retired Staff Sgt. awarded Purple Heart

Mississippi Rep. Steven Palazzo presented the medal to Staff Sgt. Robert E. Carter on Thursday.

  Gulfport woman makes homemade meals for Seabees to show her appreciation

One Gulfport woman brought Navy Seabees a cultural experience through a home cooked meal.

  WWII pilot remembered on 75th anniversary of his death

The son of a Mississippi WWII bomber pilot killed in action made an emotional visit to Camp Shelby.

  Camp Shelby museum hosting reunion of WWII soldiers in 2020

In 2020, the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum will have a special focus on 1945.

  Historians hope Pine Belt residents will learn from movie, “1917” and Camp Shelby Museum

Historians hope that Pine Belt residents will learn more about World War I from the film, and they hope you’ll visit the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby to learn about the Mississippians who served in that conflict.

  Researchers excavate WWI-era training trenches at Camp Shelby

The trenches were dug by soldiers from the 38th Infantry Division more than a century ago.

  Veterans celebrate New Year at state home in Collins

The Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins brought in the new year with a special party for the veterans Wednesday.

  2019 big year for military events, activities in Pine Belt

2019 was a busy year for military-related events and activities in the Pine Belt.

  High school dropout graduates top of his class from Challenge Academy

Saturday was Graduation Day for Camp Shelby cadets, who went through a 22-week program where they got their high school equivalency diplomas.

  Camp Shelby soldiers march to benefit Edwards Street Fellowship

Soldiers of the 177th Armored Brigade added a twist to their ruck march for the third-straight year by filling their packs with canned goods to deliver to Edwards Street Fellowship.

  Camp Shelby Cadets network with future employers

Cadets at Camp Shelby shook hands with potential future employers on Friday. Its all part of the Youth Challenge career day.

Thousands of wreaths placed in Biloxi National Cemetery

More than 20,000 wreaths now adorn the gravesites of our nation’s heroes at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

  Tuskegee Airman celebrates 100th birthday with a return to the sky

The oldest of nine remaining Tuskegee Airmen turns 100 on Saturday.

Korean War soldier returns home to Mississippi 69 years after death

A soldier killed in the Korean War will return home to Mississippi next week.

Decorated WWII bomber pilot from Mississippi to be laid to rest at 98

Charles T. Hull survived 25 missions in the European theater and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Back Bay Mission gives coast veteran special Thanksgiving

Vietnam veteran Watson Brock struggles with a deep anxiety. But, a recent experience gave him something he thought he’d never have: hope.