It will likely take some getting used to for longtime residents of the area, but the new name, Atterbury-Muscatatuck Training Site, that has been proposed for the joint military installations at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is a realistic acknowledgment of the roles played by the two facilities that have reshaped life in south central Indiana.
Looked at from a perspective of self-interest, it’s also a good move in efforts to protect the benefits that have accrued to the bases and their neighboring communities — including Jackson County — over the past decade.
The proposed name change came about in the wake of reductions by the Defense Department in its manpower commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both Atterbury and Muscatatuck had played critical roles in this country’s involvements in those two wars, serving as training bases for a variety of missions assigned to the thousands of soldiers who were mobilized for active duty.
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