Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
177th Armored Brigade, (CATB) First Army, 154th Regiment Regional Training Institute, Youth ChalleNGe Academy
Building #1302, Jackson Ave. and 14th St., Camp Shelby, Mississippi 39407
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is a United States military post located in portions of Perry and Forrest Counties, in south Mississippi. The North Gate is located at the southern boundary of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on United States Highway 49. It is the largest state-owned training site in the nation. During wartime, the camp’s mission is to serve as a major independent mobilization station of the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is the largest reserve component training site, covering 136,000 acres, allowing up to battalion-level maneuver training, Gunnery Table 8-12, field artillery firing points and a wide range of support facilities. This is the Annual Training location for National Guard and Reserve units located in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. However, units from across the country use its assets to support a variety of missions. The 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery conducts its gunnery training and has the bulk of its combat equipment stored in the Mobilization and Annual Training Equipment Site (MATES) located there.
The training center was established during World War I and it has served almost continuously since then as a training site, not only for the Reserve Components of the Army, but also for the Active Components of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The training site consists of a mix of State, Department of Defense, and U.S. Forest Service lands in the DeSoto National Forest.
Camp Shelby serves as a training site for National Guardsmen and Reservists from throughout the country hosting as many as 100,000 personnel annually.
There are over 2,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, civilians, and retirees assigned to Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.