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We build, we fight,

This is why Seabees hate Camp Shelby:

Remember, at Shelby, you can always use your E-tool as a paddle. (U.S. Navy photo 180820-N-ZI635-258 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

Offical caption: “CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Aug. 20, 2018) Seabees stand inside their fighting position during Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133’s field training exercise (FTX) at Camp Shelby. FTX provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks including convoy security, force protection, and camp buildup prior to deployment.”

Spread out across 130,000 acres of Mississippi pine forest, gumbo mud swamp and Afrika Korps POW camp carved out of even more rugged DeSoto National Forest, Shelby is the largest state-owned training center in the country and I have spent much time there. Established during the Great War, the famous 38th Infantry “Cyclone” Division formed there before deploying to the Western Front. During WWII the even more famous 442nd RCT and 100th “One Puka Puka” Bn trained there before heading to eternal glory in Europe at places like Hill 140, Castellina and Vosges Mountains.

Since then, Guard units from around the Southeast trained there for the Sandbox– as well as the Gulfport-based Seabees, who attend regular FTXs there among the WWII Q-huts and hummingbird-sized mosquitos.

However, the base does have a great museum on site, open to the public, and you don’t even have to get your feet dirty to check it out.

Camp Shelby Mississippi MP shot, saved by vest

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAMP SHELBY — An MP at the Camp Shelby military base was shot by someone at the base’s north gate but was saved by the protective vest he was wearing.

Camp Shelby officials said the shooting happened Friday night.

Officials at the camp south of Hattiesburg said the officer was making a routine security check at the base’s North Gate about midnight when he was shot. The officer’s name was not released. He was taken to Forrest General Hospital as a precaution, and was released.

A search was on for the suspect. The incident is under investigation by the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office and the Army Criminal Investigations Division.

 

 
UPDATE (from WLOX in Biloxi) Jan 25-
A new twist in the investigation into the shooting of a military police officer at Camp Shelby. The soldier could face charges in the case.

Monday, the soldier’s wife, Tiffany Wright, was charged with shooting him early Saturday morning at Camp Shelby’s north gate. 

Officials said the MP initially told investigators he was shot by a white man in a pickup truck. As the probe wore on, the evidence suggested the MP knew the person who shot him in the chest.

Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee said the soldier’s story just didn’t add up.

“Even though you would probably be in excruciating pain from being shot with a bulletproof vest on, the most natural thing for a law enforcement officer would be return fire, until his gun was empty, and he never fired a shot. He never drew his weapon after he was shot. And we never recovered a shell casing from the pistol that she shot. So there was suspicions. Everything didn’t add up with his story and the more we pushed him for the truth he finally gave it up,” McGee said.

According to the sheriff, Tiffany Wright went to Camp Shelby dressed in her husband’s army fatigues and cap.

The Sheriff also said after the shooting, Wright met her husband at the emergency room and they went home together.

The MP, whose name has not been released could be charged with trying to cover up the incident by Forrest County. Military officials said the case remains under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigative Division.