Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) offers users a globally unique, urban and rural, multi-domain operating environment that is recognized as the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) largest urban training facility serving those who work to defend the homeland and win the peace.
Muscatatuck is a real city that includes a built physical infrastructure, a well-integrated cyber-physical environment, an electromagnetic effects system and human elements. Muscatatuck offers realistic, flexible and affordable training and testing scenarios. The site supports customized live/virtual/constructive (LVC) training, developmental testing and evaluation.
The multi-domain environment includes a physical metropolitan infrastructure, a 1,000 acre urban and rural landscape with more than 190 brick-and-mortar structures with roughly 1.5 million square feet under roof, 1.8 miles of subterranean tunnels, a cave complex, more than nine miles of roads, managed airspace, a 185-acre reservoir, and a cyber live-fire range. The cyber range, or CyberTropolis, is capable of supporting live offensive and defensive operations for all three tenants of multi-domain operations (MDO) at any echelon through live/virtual/constructive (LVC) training platforms. This integrated MDO environment touches the 21st Century battlefield domains of land, air, maritime, cyberspace and space and includes the electromagnetic spectrum and information environment. As users regularly add role-players to create dense urban terrain (DUT), the unpredictable realism slows operations while increasing the speed and complexity of tactical engagements.
Realistic and Flexible
Everything in the city and surrounding property, including the people, is “in play.” Culturally authentic animals and role players can participate in exercise scenarios that are customized to user needs by subject matter experts (SMEs), who design foreign and domestic scenarios to replicate the most complex and dynamic multi-domain environments in which U.S. forces, DOD civilians and first responders operate. MUTC offers a robust and realistic electromagnetic environment, telecommunications infrastructure and a well-developed, closed network wireless environment.
MUTC employs a “network effect” operating model to generate two major values for the user: A highly realistic training/assessment environment at a cost-benefit ratio virtually impossible to achieve if attempted alone; and, the opportunity to collaborate as a “team of equals” with other agencies and entities that will be critical to mission success. Collaboration is effected while ensuring that each agency retains total control of its program.
The Indiana Defense Network (IDN), bestindefense.com, works with private contractors to arrange training and use of Atterbury-Muscatatuck. Foreign operators must abide by international trade regulations and follow procedures outlined by the U.S. Department of State.
Film by 40 Commando Royal Marines
Filmed and edited by LCPL James Clarke
Produced by LT Simon Williams
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Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Wimp serves as the Commander of the 2-152nd Infantry Battalion and the Commander of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. Wimp enlisted as an infantry soldier in May, 1991. He was assigned to the 502nd Infantry Brigade (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from 1993 until 1998, and subsequently spent a year in Korea with the 506th Infantry. From 1999 to 2001, he was a part of the 87th Infantry at Fort Drum, New York. In 2002, he was commissioned as an officer in the Indiana National Guard and was assigned as a Mortar Platoon Leader, HHC 1-151st Infantry Battalion at Jasper, Indiana. From 2001-2003, he held multiple positions within the 1-151st, including Platoon Leader, Project Officer and Executive Officer.
In 2004, he was deployed to Afghanistan as an Embedded Trainer for an Afghan Reconnaissance Company, and from 2006-2010 served on the Weapons of Mass Destruction, Civil Support Team (CST) as the Survey (Recon) Team Leader, eventually assuming the role of Deputy Commander. Wimp became Commander of the HHC 1-293rd in Fort Wayne, Indiana in May, 2011, then became Operations Officer.
In 2013, he was appointed as the Deputy State Inspector General at Joint Force Headquarters, Indianapolis. In January, 2017, Wimp deployed again to Afghanistan as the Chief of Plans for the Combined Joint Operations Center in Helmand Province. Upon his return, he served in the Indiana National Guard Headquarters in the Strategic Initiatives and Business Transformation (SIBT) office before becoming Director of Public Affairs.
Lt. Col. Wimp has a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Executive Development from Ball State University. Some of his more distinguished military decorations and awards include the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster) and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Command Sergeant Major Jason F. Schreiner enlisted as an infantryman in the Indiana Army National Guard on October 20, 1989, in Madison, Indiana. He attended basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and upon graduation was assigned to the 1-151st Infantry in Madison. His last assignment was as Command Sergeant Major for the 776th Brigade Engineer Battalion.
Previous assignments include: Operations Sergeant Major, 1-293rd Infantry, Fort Wayne, Indiana; First Sergeant and Senior Instructor, 138th Regional Training Institute (RTI); Officer Candidate School Senior TAC NCO; 1-152nd Cavalry Squadron (RSTA). He has also served one tour in Iraq, and one tour in Afghanistan. CSM Schreiner’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non Commissioned Officer Course, Senior Leader Course, Tactical Certification Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, and the United States Sergeants Major Academy.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from Indiana Wesleyan University.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC); Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC); Good Conduct Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (1 SOLC); National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star); Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star); Global war on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terror Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 5); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 2), and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Provide our customers with a complex urban environment as the best-value solution – clearly the most realistic and fully-integrated, yet fiscally responsible – for live, virtual, or constructive training, developmental testing and evaluation throughout the five domains of land, air, maritime, cyberspace and space, as well as the electromagnetic spectrum and information environment, for any echelon of a calibrated force, to allow a unique level of training and mission readiness in order to protect the homeland and win the peace.
The state of Indiana owns Muscatatuck and leases it to the U.S. Army. The National Guard manages the property as the premier advanced urban training facility used by military; local, state and national agencies; civilians and international partners.
Muscatatuck Cyber Academy students can earn an accelerated Cyber Security/Information Assurance associate of applied science degree while participating in exclusive training and testing events in Muscatatuck’s multi-domain environment.
Students will earn certifications that are useful in both military and civilian careers, and if in the Army, better position themselves to attain one of the coveted slots in the U.S. Army’s Cyber Operations, military operation specialty 17-series program.
Financial assistance may be available through Veterans’ Affairs or through state and federal aid.
For more information and to register for classes, please visit: www.in.gov/ago/cyber-academy.