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Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
Jennings County, Indiana
Coordinates
Type Military Training Base
Site information
Controlled by United States
Site history
Built 1919
In use 2005-present
Garrison information
Garrison

Current Site Manager - LTC Barry Hon

Past Commanders - LTC R. Dale Lyles

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) is a 1,000 acre urban training facility located near Butlerville, Indiana. MUTC is used to train civilian first responders, Foreign Service Institute,[1] joint civilian/military response operations, and military urban warfare. It is also home to the National Guard Patriot Academy, a program that gives potential recruits the chance to earn a high school diploma.[2] The center features more than 120 training structures and over 1 mile of searchable tunnels.[3] A clock tower used as a rappel tower has all four clock faces set to 9:11.[4]

"The uniqueness that exists at Muscatatuck and that urban setting is unequal to anywhere that I’ve ever witnessed in the United States Army.”
-Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, 2010[5]

History

46th Engineer Battalion soldier putting on chemical overshoe boots during search and rescue training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

The Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is located on the grounds of the former Muscatatuck State Developmental Center (MSDC).[6] MSDC was created in 1919 as the Indiana Farm Colony for Feeble Minded Youth.[7] It became one of Indiana's largest mental institutions approximately 3,000 patients and around 2,000 employees.[8] From 1919 through 2005, MSDC housed many of Indiana's challenged citizens and was once the largest employer in Jennings County.[9] In 1997, Indiana lawmakers passed a plan to reorganize the state's health plan. Modern methods of mental illness treatment shrank its patient population down to about 12, and in 2001, Governor Frank O'Bannon announced that the state would close Muscatatuck.[7] Governor Mitch Daniels passed control of the facility to the Indiana National Guard in July 2005.[9]

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External links

  • Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
  • Muscatatuck Civilian Tactical Training


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