By Staff Sgt. Brad Staggs, 76th IBCT Public Affairs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been training at Tyndall Armory in downtown Indianapolis since 1969… longer
than most have been with the Indiana National Guard unit. But now, the entire company is in the process of moving to the newly built Lawrence Readiness Training Center on the grounds of what was once Fort Benjamin Harrison.
|Spc. John McBride, Spc. Brannick Hardy, and PFC Donta Jackson unload a connex container at Camp Atterbury on Saturday, February 26, in preparation for the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s move to the Lawrence Readiness Training Center. (76th IBCT photo by Staff Sgt. Brad Staggs)|
Tyndall Armory, named after the late Maj. Gen. Robert Tyndall, was built in 1927. The current space provided left no room for a motor pool, so the 76th has been occupying space at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Ind., 45 miles away, to store their vehicles. With the move to the Lawrence facility, Soldiers of the 76th will have the ability to put hands on their vehicles and other property which has been stored at Atterbury for some time.
“Moving to the Lawrence Readiness Training Center will bring the individual units of the 76th IBCT together under one roof,” explained Cpt. Terrance Bennett, 76th Special Troops
Battalion Logistics Officer and the officer put in charge of the move. “We will have our own motor pool and maintenance shop so that we will no longer have to travel to Camp Atterbury when we need our vehicles or to check on our gear.”
Groundbreaking for the new facility took place in 2009 and the 76th has been planning the move since October of 2010. Many moving pieces had to come together at once in order to achieve the move. While traditional National Guard Soldiers used their drill weekend to pack items at Tyndall Armory and Camp Atterbury, teams of Soldiers will take a total of only 30
days during the week to move everything to Lawrence, including vehicles from the Atterbury motor pool.
Spc. Stephen Mann and Spc. Geoffrey Stultz secure a metal band around a shipping box on Sunday, February 27, in preparation for the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s move to the Lawrence Readiness Training Center. (76th IBCT photo by Spc. Katherine Forbes)
The Lawrence Readiness Training Center will give Soldiers a better work environment with modern facilities, something many Soldiers spend most of their careers wishing for. The 76th IBCT will begin using LRTC in March with a dedication ceremony taking place in mid to late April.