Atterbury and Muscatatuck get new commander

Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center got its 38th commander and first female leader of the southern Indiana posts.

During a ceremony Saturday at Camp Atterbury, Col. Felicia Brokaw took command of the two training sites from Col. John Silva. She thanked him and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr for the opportunity.

“I look forward to working with the command to ensure that we are ready, trained and equipped to execute any mission across the full spectrum of operations,” said Brokaw in her ceremony speech.

Brokaw will lead approximately 360 troops between Atterbury and Muscatatuck. Personnel at the Indiana training sites create and operate tailorable, contemporary, and realistic training and testing environments.

“To the civilians and service members of Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck, you are our most precious resource and our best hope for mission success,” said Brokaw.

Carr, the reviewing officer during the ceremony, noted the historic significance of the change of command.

“It is a historic day for Camp Atterbury, but in a broader sense Camp Atterbury is such a special facility. I mean this is a real gem,” said Carr. “So being able to be here today to see the passing of the flag from Col. Silva to Col. Brokaw is historic in and of itself between two great leaders.”

The two sites also host units with the U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Navy, Indiana Homeland Security, Indiana National Guard Regional Training Institute and the Indiana Department of Corrections.