EDINBURGH, Ind. — Weeks after the arrival of Afghan evacuees at Camp Atterbury, the Indiana National Guard continues its work there in support of Operation Allies Welcome.
About 150 Guard members are working in a variety of roles, including warehouse operations, administrative support, and facility maintenance for the active duty service members and federal workers who are managing Operation Allies Welcome.
“Camp Atterbury has spearheaded a whole of government effort that encompasses the best of our Hoosier values. Indiana National Guardsman in conjunction with state agencies and individual volunteers from all walks of life continue to perform beyond my expectations,” said Col. Michael Grundman, Camp Atterbury commander. “They have truly put their heart and soul into supporting our Afghan guests as well as our active duty partners involved with Operation Allies Welcome.”‘
The Indiana National Guard is also working to help collect donations for the Afghan nationals. This includes nine armory locations for donation drop-off, staffed by Guard members, for the collection of donations as well as transportation of donations to Camp Atterbury.
The Indiana Guard Reserve has nearly 80 volunteers helping with sorting, packaging, and distribution of donations.
Team Rubicon, a national organization that mobilizes veterans to help during humanitarian crises, has coordinated donation efforts with the Indiana National Guard. Anyone wishing to donate through Team Rubicon can visit their website.