- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) - More than 3,500 soldiers have descended on Camp Atterbury for a refresher course in how to command a fast-paced battle against a large military.

The Warfighter Exercise led by the National Guard’s Indianapolis-based 38th Division runs through Feb. 13. It will bring in generals and other high-ranking officers to work on battle strategies from command tents, the Daily Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1uSxbIM ).

The U.S. Army last fought a head-to-head battle in 2003, and have since largely battled pockets of insurgents.

The refresher course will allow military leaders to practice gathering information about the enemy and reports from the field to make decisions on where to send troops or how to react to changes.

This is the second time the post has hosted a Warfighter Exercise. Gen. Colin Powell participated in the last exercise in 1989.

The exercise is the latest large training session at Camp Atterbury, where the mission has shifted from preparing troops for deployment to providing new training and retraining. The post hopes to host three more of the exercises this year.

Capt. Jessica Cates, a spokeswoman for Camp Atterbury, said hosting it in Indiana saves the Army money because the facility can accommodate 5,600 soldiers.

“It’s really helped as a cost-saving measure to the Army. A lot of these folks from the Warfighters before didn’t have the barracks capacity, so a majority stayed at hotels outside of Fort Leavenworth (in Kansas),” she said.

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Information from: Daily Journal, https://www.dailyjournal.net


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