Movement and Maneuver
Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
The mission of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) is to provide the most realistic, contemporary operating environment possible to mobilize and train joint, interagency, intergovernment, multinational, and nongovernmental teams to accomplish missions directed toward protecting the homeland and defending the peace. The MUTC provides an advanced, complex urban operations training environment. This capability facilitates preparing units for ongoing operations in urban environments and will meet a growing need for an urban training capability for future operations. The MUTC also provides an environment that supports training for natural and manmade disaster response and consequence management.
The MUTC is a consortium of governmental, public, and private entities that are pooling their unique capabilities to provide the most realistic training experience possible-training that can be tailored to replicate both foreign and domestic scenarios and can be utilized by various civilian and military organizations. Units training at the MUTC have access to a 180-acre reservoir and urban infrastructure with 85 major buildings including a school, prison, farms, forward operating base, hospital, dormitories, light industrial structures, single-family dwellings, a dining facility, and administrative buildings totaling approximately 850,000+ square feet of floor space. Additionally, the training area includes an extensive underground utility tunnel system and more than nine miles of roads and streets. The training buildings are concentrated in a tight geographical area to simulate urban density.
The provincial reconstruction team training teaches civilian employees from the U.S. State Department, Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development how to live and work in Afghanistan. These civilians spend four weeks training for their Afghanistan assignments, with the final week of the training taking place at the MUTC.
MUTC is a secluded, self-contained community located in south central Indiana
The 1,000-acre site was turned over to the Indiana National Guard in July 2005 and has been continually evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training environment.
"People have tried to explain this, but you can't really grasp the capability until you see it firsthand, this is big . . . we are spending millions trying to build this, and you already have it in Indiana."
-COL (P) Joe E. Rameriz, Deputy Commanding General, CAC-T, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, 18 August 2006
SGT Omar Cox demonstrates the proper technique for "breaking and raking" a window at the MUTC. (U.S. Army Photo by SPC Gail Sanders)
Phone: COMM: (317) 247-3300 x41610, or x41475
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
The Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) is tasked with organizing, manning, equipping, and training forces to execute combat, combat support, and combat service support missions across the spectrum of joint, combined, and multinational operations in the near-coast, inshore, and riparian environments. These missions include irregular warfare and other shaping missions that secure strategic access and global freedom of action. This may cover a variety of missions such as:
- Effective waterborne and ashore anti-terrorism.
- Force protection.
- Theater security cooperation and engagement.
- Humanitarian assistance/disaster relief contingencies.
- Supplementing other governmental agencies for homeland security, upon request.
The NECC serves as the single functional command for the Navy's expeditionary forces and as central management for the readiness, resources, manning, training, and equipping of those forces. The NECC consolidates, aligns, and integrates diverse expeditionary capabilities and combat support elements to create consistent expeditionary practices, procedures, requirements, and logistics in the joint operating environment. The NECC is a command element and force provider for integrated maritime expeditionary missions. Upon request, NECC supplements Coast Guard homeland security requirements while training and equipping forces to support joint mission requirements.
Sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1, based at Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek-Fort Story, VA, train aboard small-unit river craft during a unit-level training exercise. RIVRON-1 is part of NECC. The NECC integrates all warfighting requirements for expeditionary combat and combat support elements. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix [RELEASED])
The NECC, established in January 2006, centrally manages the current and future readiness, resources, manning, training, and equipping of approximately 40,000 expeditionary Sailors who are currently serving in every theater of operation.
- Naval construction (Seabees), with a motto of "We build, We fight," is the Navy's deployable engineer force. In support of maneuvering forces, Seabees provide a wide range of responsive military construction inland including roads, bridges, bunkers, airfields, and logistics bases. Seabee units are adaptive to mission requirements, scalable and agile. The Seabees provide responsive military support for disaster preparation and recovery, to include furnishing assistance to civilian agencies. In addition, Seabees complete civic action projects that complement nation-building programs and are known for their worldwide humanitarian efforts. Seabees can protect their projects and themselves wherever they go.
- Maritime expeditionary security (MES) provides maritime security forces to combatant commanders and numbered fleet commanders. The main disciplines of MES include command and control, waterborne security, landward security, and embarked security operations.
- Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) is a combat support force for countering improvised explosive devices, weapons of mass destruction, and hazardous ordnance. An elite team of warriors qualified to parachute from 25,000 feet and dive deep to 300 feet, EOD operates in every environment around the world. EOD enables special operations and conventional forces access to denied areas. Navy EOD technicians are instrumental in clearing the way for further combat operations.
- Expeditionary diving includes two distinct groups of divers-mobile diving and salvage (MDS) divers and underwater construction divers-each with individual skill sets. Underwater construction divers are Seabees (construction ratings) who are dive qualified; MDS divers are focused on expeditionary underwater salvage and ship underwater battle damage repair.
- Riverine, NECC's only combat force, establishes and maintains control of rivers and waterways for military and civil purposes, denies their use to hostile forces, and destroys waterborne hostile forces as necessary. The Riverine force combats sea-based terrorism and other illegal activities, such as transporting components of weapons of mass destruction, hijacking, piracy, and human trafficking.
- Expeditionary intelligence provides tactical maritime intelligence capability and capacity through the provision, support, and sustainment of a standing force of ready expeditionary intelligence Sailors fully task-organized, manned, trained, and equipped to support NECC operating forces and respective theater naval component commanders/joint force maritime component commanders.
- Expeditionary logistics is responsible for providing expeditionary logistics capabilities for the Navy, primarily within the maritime domain of the littorals. Naval expeditionary logistics conducts surface and air cargo-handling missions, cargo terminal and warehouse operations, fuels distribution, postal services, customs inspections, ordnance reporting and handling, and expeditionary communications.
- Maritime civil affairs and security training provides maritime civil affairs and security force assistance core competencies to enhance international partnerships. These capabilities enable a partner nation to establish and exercise its maritime security and regional stability.
- Combat camera is one of two Navy combat camera units whose mission is to provide video and still documentation of combat operations, contingencies, exercises, and events of historical significance.
- Expeditionary combat readiness provides coordination and supervision of all administrative processing, equipping, training, and deployment of combat-trained Navy individual augmentees (IAs) deployed around the world and coordinates IA training instruction with the Army in the areas of combat skills and specialized missions.
Phone: COMM: (757) 462-4316 ext. 252
"U.S. Naval Forces Central Command requirement for Navy expeditionary forces is extremely high. Navy and joint commanders alike value the unique capabilities these forces bring to the current maritime operations. NECC adaptive force packages help to disrupt violent extremists' use of the inshore and near coastal maritime environments as venues for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material."
-Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff, Former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, Commander, Combined Maritime Forces