The Indiana National Guard’s rigging detachment has a new home.The 80-person unit, which is responsible for packing, maintaining and repairing parachutes, has moved from Seymour to the Columbus Municipal Airport.
The organization says Indiana is one of only four states in the Army National Guard with a unit capable of supporting rigging operations. The detachment’s parachutes are used for airborne training and operations.
The Guard says moving the Detachment 1, 165th Quartermaster Company 14 miles from Camp Atterbury to Columbus allows for more large-scale, complex exercises. The larger space also allows the unit to consolidate its storage, instead of keeping equipment and supplies at three locations throughout the state.
Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Courtney Carr says the move is "yet another way to attract units from all across the country to train here in the Columbus area." Lieutenant Colonel Chris Snider with the 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute says having the facility closer will help support its 12 jumpers, since the unit does not have its own equipment or riggers.
Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop says the move adds to the city’s diverse strengths. In a release, he said, "We are proud of our manufacturing industry, and over 80 unique architectural sites and now we get to say that we help people jump out of airplanes."