Camp Shelby To Hold Security Training

Several hundred Alabama National Guard troops mobilized for homeland security will be trained over the next three months at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, officials said.

Maj. Brad Smith, mobilization planner for Camp Shelby, said the Alabama guardsmen were being brought to the Mississippi training facility because their usual mobilization base, Fort Rucker, had prior training commitments.

Smith said this is the first time Camp Shelby has provided training for homeland security. He would not identify the Alabama units mobilized or give precise figures, citing military regulations. He said homeland security can involve training to secure bases, federal courthouses, airports or other sites.

The Alabama group is expected to provide security for various military installations, he said.

"They will be mobilized for a year, although it could go two years,'' Smith said.

Col. Ike Pylant, Camp Shelby's commander, said the homeland security training is just a part of the overall training offered at the camp. Camp Shelby provides annual summer training for about 13,800 troops.