Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
The Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is a 1,000 acre urban training facility located near Butlerville, Indiana. In 2005 Governor Mitch Daniels relinquished control of the facility to the Indiana National Guard. According to their website: “MUTC is a consortium of governmental, public, and private entities that are pooling their unique capabilities in order to provide the most realistic training experience possible." The training center is used for a variety of training scenarios by a multitude of civilian and military organizations, both foreign and domestic. Included on the premise is a newly created subway simulation complex used for WMD attack simulations on subways for both rescue and military personnel. Also on the premise are 14 single-level buildings, 9 buildings with basements, over a mile of tunnels, 120+ training structures, a seven-story building, a five-story building, 20 three-story buildings and 16 two-story buildings. The base is home to the Wolf Ops, a training group of the National Guard Bureau that helps lead simulations. The base also includes an active farm used to train soldiers how to handle animals and crops, especially those that are found on Afghan farms.
In 2007 Ardent Sentry, a major exercise at MUTC, was the largest full scale training exercise ever conducted in Indiana. More than 1,000 emergency responders and exercise support staff were on hand participating bringing the total number of participants to 4,794. There were also several full-scale earthquake exercises simulated during the year with several local Indiana Emergency Agencies and Indiana District 9. On November 14-15 MUTC housed the Pandemic Response Indiana Defense Exercise or PRIDE. In the exercise IDHS, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Board of Animal Health along with Districts 6 and 10 collaborated for pandemic response. The purpose was to demonstrate the capabilities of local, state, private and federal agencies to establish and maintain response communications systems that are required to sustain a common operating picture and response during a pandemic. Volunteers from around Indiana came to take part in the operation acting as victims of the pandemic.
The simple beauty of an installation like MUTC lies in the ability to conduct multiple training exercises simultaneously, allowing interaction between a military unit escorting State Department officials with international role players in coordination with international military and police units through a combined diplomatic and military exercise, while a county sheriff’s department from any of the 50 united states conducts K-9 training alongside Federal Emergency Management Agency employees involved in a disaster exercise.
In order to perform missions effectively, one has to train effectively. The more realistic the training, the more likely the real mission will be successful. For this reason, Muscatatuck has established LTA Panther, a local training area collocated on the North Vernon Municipal Airport, about five miles from the “failed city” of Muscatatuck. This replicates the actual theater environment where both military and civilian personnel gather at a Contingency Operating Base (COB) or Forward Operating Base (FOB) before proceeding to or after returning from the less secure urban area where missions are accomplished.
Through another agreement with the Indiana National Guard, the Center provides experiential training and student internships for first responder activities at Muscatatuck, supporting the unmanned systems learning initiative, the development of crisis leaders for homeland security, and the research for first responder activities. The ISU Center for Unmanned Systems is also the Safety of Flight Assessment Manager for the State of Indiana’s restricted airspace at Camp Atterbury and JPG per an agreement with the Indiana National Guard.
Because it is difficult to imagine the scale and variety of possible “real world” training scenarios possible, a short list has been included below. The list is hardly inclusive.
Tornado Alley Exercise
September, 2012 Exercise
Shaking Bedrock–National Level Exercise 2011
Pandemic Response Indiana Defense Exercise (PRIDE)
D9 Earthquake Full–Scale Exercise
The Marketplace at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is the subject of the first episode of "Muscatatuck Unveiled", a look at the training venues at the Indiana National Guard urban training facility in Southern Indiana.
Non-Kinetic training happens at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center everyday. The facility in southern Indiana is used by military forces as well as emergency responders.
The Evolution of Modern Warfare and the Dancing Landscapes of National Security by Major General Omer "Clif" Tooley, Jr.
Center gives realistic taste of Afghan life