04/10/13 Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, yesterday stopped at Naval Support Activity Crane (NSA Crane), Camp Atterbury, and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center as part of a military installation tour. The purpose of her visit was to gain a better understanding for the technical capabilities and view focus areas with military personnel.
“When duty calls, Hoosier servicemen and women are proud to be amongst our nation’s first responders. With budgetary challenges causing uncertainty for the Armed Forces, I appreciate the opportunity to take a first-hand look at the daily operations and current affairs on our military bases,” said Walorski. “Moving forward, Congress must ensure our military maintains necessary funding to continue protecting our nation and providing appropriate benefits for those who bravely serve.”
Walorski was introduced to a host of critical trusted technologies that contribute to strategic deterrence operations for our Armed Forces at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane) and Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA). As the third largest Navy installation in the world, the U.S. Army calls NSA Crane home for the storage and production of nearly one-third of the nation’s conventional ordnance. NSA Crane also employs hundreds of high-tech civilian jobs, contributing nearly $2 million dollars a day to the local economy.
NSWC Crane closely collaborates with the National Guard at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, two other facilities visited by the Congresswoman on her tour. Camp Atterbury supplies unique training facilities for military units and agencies from the local, state, and federal governments. The Muscatatuck Urban Training Center consists of a 1,000 acre reconstructed city complex for simulated training exercises. These high quality facilities share valuable partnerships with universities and private industries to advance tech transfer and innovation.
Automatic spending cuts may cause budget reductions for various programs and personnel at military facilities in Indiana, including civilian personnel reductions. Walorski plans to stay updated on potential impacts that may cause downsizing or reduced productions.