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Military Eyes Camp Shelby for Logistics Center; Craig Sumrall Comments

army vehicleMilitary officials are looking to convert Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center into a logistics hub under an agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marine Times reported Friday.

Haskel Burns writes the University of Wisconsin’s National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education will work to aid in disposing the equipment from Afghanistan at Camp Shelby.

The agreement is intended to centralize the return and redeployment of military assets from Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the report.

“What CFIRE has recognized is the infrastructure that’s available in South Mississippi,” Maj. Craig Sumrall, mobilization officer at Camp Shelby, told Marine Times.

The military is also eyeing the Keesler Air Force Base, Stennis Space Center and the Combat Readiness Training Center-Gulfport in the South Mississippi Defense Corridor for the logistics program, the report says.

Burns writes the Defense Department has allocated $7 billion in spending for the shipment of tools back to the U.S. from Afghanistan as combat missions in that country are scheduled to end in 2014.

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