Camp Atterbury expansion continues despite cuts

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Some $75 million in construction projects are on pace for completion this year at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury even as it shifts away from preparing thousands of soldiers a year for combat assignments.

Leaders at the base near Edinburgh say the new barracks, dining hall and rail yard facilities are needed for its increasing number of training programs for military members and civilian emergency workers.

Chief operations officer Jack Fowler tells the Daily Journal that Atterbury is continuing the training mission that it has had since the 1960s.

The completion last year of Atterbury's assignment preparing troops being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan led to the elimination of about 500 military or civilian jobs there. Base officials say new jobs aren't being added with the expansion project.

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