Guard's 155th To Mobilize And Train At Camp Shelby

The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Separate Armored Brigade is likely to mobilize at Camp Shelby for possible service in Iraq.

"It's on-line for Shelby,'' said Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tim Powell. "We expect mobilization orders sometime later in the summer,'' Powell said Thursday.

The brigade, headquartered in Tupelo with 49 units throughout the state, was placed on alert last month. The 155th counts about 3,650 soldiers and includes battalions stationed in McComb, Amory, Starkville, Meridian, Monticello, Hernando, Jackson and Tupelo.

Currently, personnel at Camp Shelby, located south of Hattiesburg, are training about 4,000 troops from the Tennessee National Guard who began arriving last week.

"Word is the 155th is coming here, too,'' said Col. Daniel Zajac, commander of the 3rd Brigade, 87th Training Division, which will train both the Tennessee troops and the 155th.

Zajac said lead elements of the brigade will probably begin arriving at the sprawling training base in late July.

The 155th was mobilized in November 1990 for Operation Desert Storm. After initial processing and soldier readiness training at Camp Shelby, the brigade moved to Fort Hood, Texas, and then to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., for additional training.

The brigade was at Fort Irwin when the war ended and did not deploy overseas.

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