Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex (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.
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A native of Valparaiso, Indiana, Lt. Col. John E. Pitt enlisted into the Indiana Army National Guard in 1990, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps in 1997. In June 2019, he returned as Commander of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center following service as Commander of the Indiana Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
Some of Lt. Col. Pitt’s prior assignments include multiple roles within the 113th Engineer Battalion (EN BN), including Commander of the 113th EN BN, Commander of Company B and HHC, S-1 (Human Resources), S-2 (Intelligence), S-3 (Operations) and Battalion Executive Officer. He has also served as the 219th Engineer Brigade Executive Officer, Commander of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Director of Public Works for Camp Atterbury, Chief of Operations and Deputy Chief of Protection for the 38th Infantry Division, INARNG Recruiting and Retention Area OIC, and Engineer LNO at the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy. In 2004, Lt. Col. Pitt deployed to Mosul, Iraq with the 113th Engineer Battalion, then again in 2010 to Gardez, Afghanistan with the Indiana Army National Guard Regional Corps Training Team-2.
Lt. Col. Pitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Webster University. Military schools Lt. Col. Pitt has graduated from include: Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, Joint Engineer Operations Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and multiple Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) courses. He also holds military qualifications as a Sr. Human Resources Officer, Military Strategist and DSCA Specialist.
Lt. Col. Pitt has received numerous awards, including the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Meritorious Service Medals.
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, while also fiscally responsible—for live, virtual and constructive training, developmental testing and evaluation throughout the five domains: land, air, cyber, human and maritime, in which to accomplish missions directed toward protecting the homeland and winning 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.