Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport hosting Southern St - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport hosting Southern Strike 2017

The Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport will host the two-week long wargame from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4. (Photo source: Mississippi National Guard) The Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport will host the two-week long wargame from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4. (Photo source: Mississippi National Guard)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

South Mississippians may notice an increase in military aircraft activity over the next couple of weeks as 2,200 service members participate in Southern Strike 2017.

The Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport will host the two-week long war game from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4. Members of the Mississippi Air National Guard, Army, Navy, and Marine Special Forces will participate in the massive combat exercise.

“Southern Strike is a large-scale war game where Air National Guardsmen and Army Guardsmen from all over America come to train with conventional and special forces,” said Southern Strike Joint Forces Commander Col. Craig Ziemba. “The way we do that is we build a scenario that simulates the type of combat they will be involved in down range.”

The operation will give service members a chance to train for several scenarios, including counterinsurgency, air supremacy, close air support, en route casualty care, non-combatant evacuation, maritime, and riverine special operations events.

Ziemba said South Mississippi’s diverse geography and access to the Gulf of Mexico and facilities at Camp Shelby create the perfect training environment.

“We have a variety of islands, gulf oil platforms, river environments, jungle environments, and we have the Camp Shelby range, which is 135,000 acres all owned and operated by the Mississippi Guard,” said Ziemba. “We have a huge environment where we can practice a variety of conventional and special operations exercises.”

More than 300 flight operations involving more than 20 types of military aircraft are scheduled during the training.

Copyright 2016 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • George Co. man charged for alleged role in dog fighting ring

    George Co. man charged for alleged role in dog fighting ring

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:33:15 GMT
    An alleged dog fighting ring was discovered in George County. (Photo Source: WLOX)An alleged dog fighting ring was discovered in George County. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    An alleged dog fighting ring in George County was broken up today, according to the George County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>

    An alleged dog fighting ring in George County was broken up today, according to the George County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>
  • Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:51 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:51:55 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:53:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
  • FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:43:09 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:35:34 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

    More >>

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly