Mississippi Guard's 155th Receives Mobilization Orders

The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Separate Armored Brigade, with nearly 4,000 soldiers from 49 cities, received orders Monday to report to Camp Shelby in August for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Guard officials said.

The brigade, headquartered in Tupelo, was placed on alert last month.

The 155th includes battalions stationed in McComb, Amory, Starkville, Meridian, Monticello, Hernando, Jackson and Tupelo.

The troops will train at Camp Shelby, located south of Hattiesburg, and then leave for overseas.

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

The 155th was mobilized in November 1990 for Operation Desert Storm. The brigade was at Fort Irwin, Calif., when the war ended and did not deploy overseas.

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