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  • JDAM Drops Improve Warfighter Training At Rattlesnake Range

    The Camp Shelby Air-to-Ground Range can now accommodate an important component of realistic war fighter training it previously lacked. In March 2021, for the first time, inert Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs were dropped at the range including Guided Bomb Unit (GBU) 31s and 38s. Range Operations Officer, Lt. Col. Doug Harwell says for decades the range, also known as the Rattlesnake Range, remained a relic of the Vietnam War era when it comes to meeting the war fighter training requirements. The Perry County site had long been not been suited for fourth generation aircraft like the F-16 and F-18.   
  • Practice Like You Play - Southern Strike Cyber Integration

    More than 20 members of the 175th Cyber Operations Group, Maryland Air National Guard, participated in Southern Strike 21 in various locations of Mississippi from April 14-29, 2021. Southern Strike is a large-scale, conventional and special operations exercise hosted by the Mississippi National Guard at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center and other locations around the state.
  • Installation Commanders Council

    An organization based on a partnership of military installations across Mississippi is working to improve the quality of life for all service members living in the state. The Installation Commanders Council is made up of the leadership from federal and state military installations. Over the past two years, conference calls and in-person meetings have helped Mississippi National Guard, reserve and active duty commanders develop stronger working relationships.
  • Gulfport CRTC Supports Vital U.S. Troop Movement Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center is helping United States active duty military forces continue vital troop movements throughout the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gulfport CRTC’s mission centers on providing units the opportunity to execute readiness training exercises by providing support such as billeting, food service, ramps, and work space.
  • Camp Gulfport opens doors for ROM operations

    Members from the Air Force Reserve 403rd Wing and the Mississippi Air National Guard units, as well as volunteers from guard units across multiple states work together operating a ROM, or a restriction of movement, named Camp Gulfport, located at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Mississippi.
  • Guard suicides drop but outreach programs continue, expand

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The suicide rate in the National Guard declined last year, according to the Department of Defense’s 2019 Annual Suicide Report, but Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawne Deskins said more work must be done to battle the problem.Last year, the rate was 20.3 suicides per 100,000 people compared to 30.8 in 2018, said Deskins, who recently
  • Watch Now: Top DOD Officials Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting

    Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper; Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón "CZ" Colón-López host a virtual global town hall meeting at the Pentagon to provide service members, their families and DOD civilians an opportunity to ask questions on the department’s COVID-19 response and diversity and inclusion.
  • Senate confirms Loh as next director of the Air National Guard

    The U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh to serve as the 13th director of the Air National Guard July 20. By assuming the post, Loh will be promoted to lieutenant general.
  • PATRIOT exercise gears up at Gulfport CRTC

    Approximately 1,400 personnel from federal, state and local entities are coming together for PATRIOT South 20, a Domestic Operations (DOMOPS) training exercise sponsored by the National Guard Bureau at multiple locations including the Combined Arms Combat Training Facility (CACTF) at Camp Shelby, Miss., the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), Miss., Camp McCain in Grenada County, Miss., and Guardian Centers in Perry Ga., from Mar. 2-5, 2020.
  • Special Tactics Airmen participate in Southern Strike 2020

    For the first time, the 125th Special Tactics Squadron (STS), assigned to Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, was invited to participate in Southern Strike 2020 taking place in Gulfport, Miss. Jan. 30 through Feb. 13, 2020. Southern Strike 2020 is a large Joint Force exercise put on by the Air National Guard Bureau and is located at the Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) in Gulfport, Mississippi. This exercise provides special operators a unique training opportunity in a location that enables combat effectiveness by working with various Joint Task Force entities in Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico.
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