Rep. Pence visits Atterbury-Muscatatuck
August 26, 2019
Rep. Pence tours Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex
EDINBURGH—U.S. Representative Greg Pence visited Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex Friday, a State of Indiana and Department of Defense collaborative military training enterprise located in the 6th District.
"Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex are critical components to our national security interests both here at home, and abroad," said Rep. Pence. "The advanced capabilities located right here in Indiana provides our military and governmental agencies with the resources and tools necessary to defend our nation and allies."
During the tour, Pence visited the camp's training facilities, including a Cyber-Academy in collaboration with Ivy Tech. Pence was briefed on efforts to combat new and emerging threats in cyberspace.
"We welcome all public officials to visit Camp Atterbury to see first-hand how we prepare, train and equip our military and governmental agency personnel to execute any mission across the full spectrum of operations," said Col. Felicia Brokaw, Garrison Commander at Camp Atterbury. "Thank you to Congressman Pence for meeting with us today."
Atterbury-Muscatatuck has a significant direct and ripple-effect economic impact within the 6th Congressional District. According to the most recent annual Indiana National Guard Economic Study, the installation total employment effect led to more than 1,800 jobs and $60 million in GDP to the district's economy. The training center is critical, not just for America's national security, but also for Hoosiers in the region.
"We were pleased to welcome Congressman Pence to Atterbury-Muscatatuck today," said Brigadier General Timothy Winslow, Acting Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. "We thank the Congressman for taking the time to learn more about the advanced training capabilities and our efforts to keep America safe."
Surplus Book Drop-Off
As part of the day's activities, Pence donated dozens of books to the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy. The books come from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of a national program to distribute surplus books to local libraries.
"I understand the importance of a good education and having access to books," said Pence. "This is just a small way we are hoping to support local libraries and youth educational institutions across our District and we are proud to support the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy."
Between the two, the Atterbury-Muscatatuck sites encompass more than 37,000 acres of training and maneuver space. Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck is located within Jennings, Johnson, Bartholomew and Brown Counties, and includes an armed forces reserve training area operated by the Indiana National Guard.
The base supports active duty and reserve component training, as well as other local, state or federal training. Regional National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units, U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command, the Joint Staff and other military and civilian organizations also use Atterbury’s facilities.
Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex is located in Jennings County near Butlerville. It is a unique interagency and intergovernmental training venue occupying the grounds of the former Muscatatuck State Hospital.