FOREST COUNTY — All members of the U.S. Army 158th Infantry Brigade from Florida, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico will be moved to Camp Shelby, which will relocate approximately 250 soldiers to the greater Hattiesburg area.
Colonel Thomas Hollis, 158th Brigade commander, has been traveling to meet with the relocating soldiers to brief them on their new mission and to orient them to Camp Shelby and the Hattiesburg area.
Hollis said, “Soldiers will be searching for residential real estate, enrolling their children in local schools and shopping at area stores and restaurants, which will have an enormous economic impact on the region.”
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree added, “Camp Shelby is the Hattiesburg region’s largest employer and we not only appreciate the vast economic impact but also the sacrifices these men and women make daily in serving our great nation. The City of Hattiesburg, Forrest County and the Area Development Partnership work closely together in partnering with Camp Shelby and appreciate the First Army’s decision to move additional troops to our area.”
Soldiers will begin moving to the Pine Belt region in mid-May and continue through August. The Area Development Partnership is gearing up for an influx of inquiries and will work with the new residents to provide information about the area.
The 158th Infantry Brigade provides training assistance and support to Army National Guard units that are federally mobilized to deploy in support of our national defense.