Despite cuts, facility expands, returns to training mission

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Even though the military post in southern Johnson County cut more than 500 jobs last year, a massive construction project to add living quarters and dining space is still on track — and needed, officials said.

The $75 million project to add barracks, a dining hall and new buildings at the railhead at Camp Atterbury will be finished this year after being planned for decades. About 100,000 troops are expected to train at the facility and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center this year.

Camp Atterbury eliminated about 515 jobs in 2013, but that won’t affect the construction projects or its primary peacetime mission, which is training military and emergency workers.

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