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Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center

Joint Force Headquarters Mississippi National Guard-J4

Provide those functions of a G4 and Directorate of Logistics for all units and activities of the MSARNG concerning supply, services, transportation, and maintenance functions. Provide supervisory oversight to all round maintenance shops of the state, i.e. MATES and RSMS, CONSOLIDATED CLASS IX ACTIVITY.

Provide Class IX support (ground) to all units and maintenance activities of the MS Army National Guard. Class IX support is exclusive of an 840 line Authorized Stockage List (ASL), Integrated Sustainment Maintenance (ISM) support, Class IX Turn-in, Class IX status, and Class IX reconciliation support as authorized by the Adjutant General.

177th Armored Brigade

The 177th Armored Brigade mobilizes, trains, validates, deploys and demobilizes Reserve Component units IAW Combatant Commander, Department of the Army, Forces Command, First Army, and Division East directives at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in order to support overseas contingency operations. When directed, provides training to Joint, Interagency, Combined, and Active Army Forces.

The 177th Armored Brigade is an Operations Brigade in First Army Division East. Our role in the training process is similar to that of the Operations Groups at our maneuver Combat Training Centers (NTC, JRTC, and JMRC). We plan, coordinate and synchronize the mobilization and training plan that units will conduct both prior to arrival at the mobilization training center and after. Along with 158th Infantry Brigade, our sister unit here at Camp Shelby, and other training formations we assist the unit in completing all deployment training requirements. During execution, our key responsibilities are battle command training and culminating training events. Upon completion of training but before deployment, we validate the mobilized unit's training status and readiness against the Army or DOD standard. Finally, we synchronize and supervise the demobilization process when reserve component units return home from deployment.

All in-processing is conducted at Camp Shelby, Building 632, Monday thru Friday between 0900-1700 hours. Finance in-processing is conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1300 hours. Soldiers should hand-carry their 201 file, finance packet, medical/dental records (to include family member records) when reporting to Building 632. Soldiers should have an updated DA photo, ID card, physical, and military driver’s license taken prior to their departing their current duty station. Personnel and Finance service support is provided by Ft. Rucker, AL. The nearest military facility is Keesler Air Force Base located 90 miles south in Biloxi, MS.

Contact the Brigade S-1office at 1-800-704-3175 ext. 3044 for additional information. For reporting Soldiers needing housing assistance, there is a government leased housing program available in the local area with a limited number of quarters. Upon receipt of PCS orders, Soldiers can contract the Brigade Housing Representative, at 601-558-2119 or 601-297-3602 to obtain additional information. Soldiers are free to buy, rent, or lease on their own, but must contact BDE housing before entering into any purchase or lease contract. Hattiesburg is experiencing great growth and housing prices are reasonable. Rental property is limited due to the large university student population and may be difficult to find during school months. Since there are no Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) in the immediate area, most families enroll in TRICARE Prime and use the network in Hattiesburg.

There is no cost for enrollment by Active Duty family members, but co-pays for each visit apply. The Brigade has one of the best networks in the country established in Hattiesburg and you will save time and money if you learn the rules that apply. If in TRICARE Prime already, do NOT un-enroll. Once you arrive, in-process through the Brigade Medical Advisor, to transfer to this region. Also, TRICARE Prime Remote covers all active military stationed and living more than 50 miles outside the nearest MTF in much the same way as family members. There are no co-pays for active military; however, you must follow Prime rules. Contact the BDE medical advisor at 1-800-704-3175, ext. 3047 for additional information.

158th Infantry Brigade

The Mission of the 158th Infantry Brigade, Training Support Battalion is to mobilize, train, validate and deploy Reserved Component (RC) and National Guard (NG) units IAW Combatant Commanders, HQDA, FORSCOM, 1st Army, and 1st Army Division East directives at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in order to prepare units for combat operations. When directed by 1st Army Division East, provides training over-sight and support to enhance USARNG and Reserve units’ readiness for wartime requirements.

The Brigade and the headquarters detachment is a multi-component organization with approximately 1,100 personnel made up of more than 600 full time Soldiers, 400 Reserve Soldiers and 13 Department of the Army Civilians. The chain of command is Col. Christopher S. Forbes, Brigade Commander and Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Todd, Brigade Sergeant Major. “One Standard"

UNITS: 158th Infantry Brigade is comprised of nine subordinate battalions:

  • 1-305th Armored Battalion
  • 2-305th Field Artillery Battalion
  • 3-315th Engineer Battalion
  • 2-351st Infantry Battalion
  • 2-346th Combat Service Support
  • 3-346th Combat Service Support
  • 3-347th Combat Service Support
  • 2-348th Combat Service Support
  • 3-348th Combat Service Support

The Mississippi National Guard Youth Challenge Academy

The Mississippi National Guard Youth Challenge Academy is a 17-month program, which offers at-risk adolescents and community involvement projects are stressed through an opportunity to change their future in many ways, culminating with the opportunity to obtain a GED and possibly an adult high school diploma. The initial program consists of a 22-week residential phase, during which cadets learn self-discipline, leadership and responsibility. Participants live and work in a controlled military environment, which encourages teamwork and personal growth.

A second 12-month post-residential phase consists of helping enroll students in continued education, a technical school program, an entry-level job, or a branch of the military. Students are matched with a volunteer mentor from the community and a Challenge-trained individual during the post residential phase.

Students who are 16-18 years of age and who have dropped out of school are eligible to apply. Qualified applicants must be a resident of Mississippi, free from drugs, have no felony convictions, and most importantly, have a desire to complete the rigorous program. The Challenge Academy is entirely voluntary and no one is court-ordered to attend.

Students who are accepted are called “cadets” and are enrolled in the Challenge Academy. The curriculum combines classroom work, community service, physical training, and challenging individual and team activities into one unique experience, which revolves around the academy’s eight-core components. Life-coping skills, educational excellence, job skills and training, responsible citizenship, leadership/follower skills, health, hygiene, physical fitness, and community involvement projects are stressed through-out the program to encourage personal growth and development.

Successful graduates of the academy earn a certificate of attendance, and in addition may earn a high school equivalency diploma (GED) and an adult high school diploma. Additionally, selected cadets earn college credits through William Carey University or national certification in trades areas such as electrical, welding, carpentry, masonry, or plumbing. Selected cadets also earn various computer certifications through Microsoft. Other skilled trades areas are also being considered for future classes.”

The 22-week residential phase takes place at Camp Shelby. Students live in military barracks and have access to a variety of classroom and training resources. Students are supervised at all times and must remain at the Challenge Academy unless participating in an authorized off-post activity. All personal needs such as meals, bedding, and uniforms are provided at no cost to the participants.

Although there is no cost to participants or their families for this program, students who are accepted are required to furnish toiletries as well as specific personal clothing items.

The Mississippi National Guard Challenge Program is managed and supervised by trained National Guard and retired military personnel and employs Mississippi-licensed teachers and counselors/social workers. A teacher/student ratio of 1 to 19 or less is maintained in the classroom.

Additional support staff includes medical personnel, administrative staff, placement counselors and volunteers.