Indiana at center of national terror response training exercise

Thousands of members of the armed forces including members of the Indiana National Guard are participating in mass disaster training in Jennings County.

Exercise Vibrant Response is in full effect at the Muscatatuck training camp and Camp Atterbury in Johnson County.

More than 5,000 members of the military and civilians from across the country are taking part in the two-week, large-scale disaster response exercise. The scenario is a nuclear terrorist attack in Columbus, Ohio—and the backdrop is as close to the real thing as it gets.

About 200 medical mannequins and 300 live role players are part of the exercise– helping to train those involved.

“They train these soldiers, they challenge them and the things they do have been experienced in every large-scale disaster response,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Copes with the Indiana National Guard.

Specialist Ryan Bottoms is going through the training for the first time. His mission is to provide security to his unit and to keep civilians as calm as possible.

“You just can’t lose your bearings. You have to stay calm, stay on mission. That’s the main thing that I’ve experienced here,” said Bottoms.

This is the sixth training exercise Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck have hosted since 2009– providing thousands of our men and women in uniform the training they need.

The training will wrap up August 17.


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