Camp Atterbury will temporarily house Afghan evacuees

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Camp Atterbury, near Columbus, Indiana, was approved as a temporary location to house Afghan evacuees.

The Secretary of Defense has approved multiple locations for temporary housing and support for up to 50,000 Afghans. The other locations include Fort Pickett, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Lee in Va.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort McCoy, Wis.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in N.J.

The Defense Department will provide transportation, temporary housing, sustainment and support for Afghan special immigrant visa applicants, their families and other at-risk individuals.

"As Hoosiers, we are proud to do our part and provide a temporary home for Afghan evacuees who have supported this nation," Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. "Our federal partners are taking necessary and  appropriate steps to establish that there is a smooth process to allow these men, women and children to quickly find their permanent home across the United States. I have faith in the Indiana National Guard's ability to support this federal mission."

Active duty and National Guard service members at Camp Atterbury will provide housing, medical, logistics, and transportation when the Afghans arrive, which has yet to be determined.

"Our Hoosier Guardsmen are honored to join our fellow Americans to help, assist and host Afghans who played an integral part and helped us for nearly 20 years," said Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, Indiana National Guard adjutant general. "We also look forward to working alongside our active-duty counterparts, and members of national, state, and local agencies as we support the Department of Homeland Security mission."

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