Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
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Overview of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
Camp Shelby is a Joint Forces Training Center chartered by the National Guard Bureau. Camp Shelby’s mission is to expand and operate as a separate installation in support of the U.S. Army’s Command mobilization requirements. In preparation for Pre-MOB and MOB training, Camp Shelby has undergone many renovations and upgrades to allow Camp Shelby to provide the most up-to-date training experience for troops in support of training needs.
Camp Shelby, Mississippi, the largest state-owned mobilization station in the nation, has a long history of serving the country and has been referred to by many as “a national treasure.” Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, covers 134,000 acres (525 square kilometers), can support heavy maneuver and collective gunnery tables, multiple battalion Field Artillery Firing and a wide range of training and logistical support facilities.
Camp Shelby serves as the Annual Training location for National Guard and Reserve units located in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. However, units from across the country use CSJFTC's valuable assets to support a variety of missions.
Camp Shelby, having been designated as a Mobilization Force Generation Installation, is tasked to receive, mobilize, train, and support Reserve Component (RC) units required to expand the Active Army Component (AC) to meet emergency requirements.
Post tenants include: 154th Regimental Regional Training Institute, 177th Armor Brigade, 158th Infantry Brigade, Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES), Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS), Readiness Sustainment Maintenance Site (RSMS), Surface Maintenance Readiness Branch (SMRB), DOL-MSARNG Warehouse, NGMS-DOL Consolidated Class IX Activity,
United States Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO), and the Youth Challenge Academy (YCA).
CSJFTC is located in portions of Perry and Forrest Counties with a small portion in Greene County in South Mississippi. The training site was established in 1917 in support of mobilization during World War I and it has served almost continuously since then as a training site, not only for the Reserve Components of the Army, but also for the Active Components of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The training site consists of a mix of State, Department of Defense, and U.S. Forest Service lands in the Desoto National Forest.
Camp Shelby serves as a training ground for the latest equipment and technology in the U.S. Army arsenal serving as home to two AC training support brigades; 177th Armor Brigade (Operations Support) and 158th Infantry Brigade (Training Support).
Daily population at CSJFTC averages over 1,150 personnel that commute to support training activities on post. During recent mobilization support missions, the post has experienced a daily population of over 10,000 personnel consisting of over 3,000 commuting and over 7,500 on-post mobilized personnel.
CSJFTC has a dedicated impact area consisting of approximately 17 square kilometers of gently rolling grassland, used for the firing of small and large caliber weapons including M1A1 tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, self-propelled and towed artillery (to include Multiple Launch Rocket System firing and Reduced Range Practice Rocket), mortars, laser-guided weapons, and small arms. The Impact Area is utilized year-round and averages in excess of 190 firing days each year.
CSJFTC has a C-17 assault landing strip and a C-130 capable air field, a railhead with turnaround spur, loading docks with spurs and a large industrial base of logistical support facilities for equipment storage, maintenance, and warehousing.