Leaders work to shield Camp Atterbury from closings

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Indiana's congressional delegation and the state's military commanders have met for the first time in a decade to discuss ways to shield Camp Atterbury from an expected round of base closings in the next few years.

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats tells the Daily Journal that a national round of base closures will begin in 2015.

Indiana National Guard leader Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger says Camp Atterbury plans to be aggressive about picking up missions from closed posts to remain as active as possible.

Leaders say they think Camp Atterbury is in a better position than larger Cold War-era posts because of recent federal investments in the Indiana site and its reputation for cutting-edge training. But Umbarger notes there are no guarantees it would survive base closings.

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