Established in 1942, Camp Atterbury is a military establishment located just south of Indianapolis, right off of US 31-N in a city known as Edinburgh. It consist over around 35,000 acres of land that is used for training purposes. It was originally created to prepare our troops for service leading into World War II, and is now used as a training camp for our Nation's National Guard and the Army Reserves. It is Authorized for current along with retired military service men and women.
Backstory and Context
From February to August of 1942 Camp Atterbury was transformed from what was one time farmland for a couple hundred families to one of the most vital advanced training camps for the United States troops. Camp Atterbury's name was formed from a former World War I Veteran, who was also president of Pennsylvania Railroad, Brigadier General William Wallace Atterbury. Also, Camp Atterbury has a more famous rock that is at the main entrance to the Camp that dates back to 1943 when Italian prisoners were held captive on this soil. These specific prisoners carved this rock while being held in the United States.
"The mission of Camp Atterbury is threefold, “To serve as a Forces Command Mobilization Station–it is the designated mobilization site for many units of the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, to serve as a premier training site for both individuals and units from all branches of service for both Reserve and Active Duty training and other special training events, and to serve as a training site for all Public Service organizations such as Department of Homeland Security, State and Local Police, and other first responders.”"(Atterbury).
This piece of land is know for producing many well trained soldiers along with units that are equipped with the appropriate equipment to finish the mission at hand. Over the years since 1942 Camp Atterbury has made significant improvements to the structures along with ranges so that soldiers have the lodging in kind (LIK) that they need. Many Army Reserve units from the Tri- State area of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio train on this land once or twice a year depending on the drill schedule passed down from the Commanding officer.
Camp Atterbury, along with its training purposes and history, also has other resources to offer current Military Members, along with retired veterans as well. From the two historical Museums: Camp Atterbury POW Chapel, and Muscatatuck Museum, to their camping lodges, and everything in between. Camp Atterbury provides adequate resources to be able to travel back in time and relive the past and all the United States History it has to offer right on its own battle prepping grounds.
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