In response to continued troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East, Camp Atterbury is changing its role.
For the past 10 years, Camp Atterbury has trained soldiers for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. And has mobilized and deployed more than 185,000 military and civilian personnel to missions overseas including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Bosnia.
But Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck Colonel Ivan Denton says the base will now become more of a problem-solving center for technology than a training ground. That includes working with UAS–unmanned aerial systems also known as drones.
“What’s changed then since 9/11 is significant homeland security problems that have to be solved, significant cyber problems that have to be solved, significant UAS problems that have to be solved,” Denton says. “So we’re in the problem solving business and we certainly hope to be able to support some department defense or department army agencies support those three problem sets.”
The base is also changing its name to Atterbury-Muscatatuck. Denton says that’s because Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex,a base about 50 miles southeast of Atterbury, will become more integrated both in staffing and in their missions. Denton says the facilities will continue to be used for emergency training exercises.
“Last August we had 10,000 soldiers, contractors, role players to just support an unbelievable exercise where we did over 100 venues at Muscatatuck, just world class training,” Denton says. “So I see this as, absolutely, we would like to do about 10 of those events per year.”
Still, Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck will maintain some of its war-training role as it prepares soldiers for the reserves and could be used to train troops before deployment if needed.