On Monday, 5,500 people from 23 states will descend on Butler, Indiana to conduct the largest homeland security exercise ever conducted in the United States.
It will test and evaluate the preparedness of the United States military’s response to a man-made nuclear detonation.
The event will be held at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, a 960-acre facility with 300 training structures. MUTC provides immersion and simulation experiences for both man-made and natural disasters for the U.S. military, U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Defense.
“Testing and preparing military members to respond is part of our mission,” said Lisa Kopczynski, MUTC public affairs officer. “We’re providing a realistic environment to really test the abilities, skills and deployment of these units.”
Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana and a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, will be among those in attendance to witness the Vibrant Response 13-2 Northern Command exercise.