A Soldier with the 22nd Engineers rises from the rubble after finding a mock victim of a simulated nuclear disaster early Wednesday morning, April 26, during Guardian Response 17, a multi-component training exercise with nearly 6,000 participants being held at the Indiana National Guard's Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southern Indiana to validate the military’s ability to support Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) catastrophe.
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The Pentagon Just Created A Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape In Southeast Indiana
A derailed train smolders in the morning sun, covering the surrounding countryside with thick, white smoke. The dirt farm roads are littered with burned-out vehicles and pockets of fire. Limbs stick out from piles of twisted metal and scorched rubble. A child’s bicycle is lodged in the fork of a tree. The rolling hills just outside Butlerville, Indiana, currently look like hell on Earth.
That’s the whole idea behind Guardian Response 17, a complicated training exercise meant to validate the military’s ability to support civil law enforcement authorities in the event of a nuclear catastrophe. Nearly 6,000 participants, including 4,100 military personnel from across the country, are currently on the grounds of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, a 1000-acre urban training facility nestled just outside Butlerville, to simulate the aftermath of a nuclear attack as closely as possible.
And as far as we’re concerned, the Department of Defense did a pretty damn good job. Just look at these photos out of Muscatatuck:
Jared Keller is a senior editor at Task & Purpose and contributing editor at Pacific Standard.
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