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Camp Atterbury shows how it’s spending $16 million to restore the facility after hosting Afghan relief mission

13News got an exclusive tour to see the repairs and damage following Operation Allies Welcome.

Bob Segall

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Published: 9:00 PM EDT April 6, 2023
Updated: 11:23 PM EDT April 6, 2023

More than a year after thousands of Afghan refugees left Camp Atterbury, the Indiana National Guard base is still repairing damage that occurred during the humanitarian mission.

Those repairs, which began immediately after the end of Operation Allies Welcome, will take another year and cost nearly $16 million to complete, according to a spokesman at Camp Atterbury.

“We used 121 buildings at Camp Atterbury for the operation. Right now we are resetting those buildings, just making them like they were before the Afghans came,” said Lt. Col. Chris Johanningsmeier, the facility’s director of public works who is helping to oversee the restoration project.

Camp Atterbury granted 13News a tour of the base to see the damage and repairs. It is the first time cameras have been allowed inside Camp Atterbury’s barracks since the operation began, and the military’s tour and interview with 13Investigates provides a clearer picture to explain why the U.S. Department of Defense is spending millions of dollars to restore the facility.

Credit: WTHR

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