The Indiana National Guard has appointed a new commander to lead a training center at Camp Atterbury.
Lt. Col. Rodney Babb was selected as the new leader for the 138th Regional Training Institute, which is located at the military installation near Edinburgh and provides additional training for officers or certification or recertification for skills, such as combat medical training.
Babb has served as commanding officer of the the 38th Infantry Division Headquarters in Indianapolis since 2011, overseeing about 700 soldiers. He served in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005 as an executive officer and operations officer tasked with training the newly formed Afghan military.
Babb, who lives in Indianapolis, will take over March 1. He will be responsible for administering the staff and all of the training programs at the institute.
He will replace Col. Lee Baker, who has led the training center since 2011. The facility has been headquartered at Camp Atterbury since 1957.
More than 1,500 students graduated from the institute in 2013 from programs that prepare them for training and leading other soldiers in the Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. Those programs included leadership training, arms training and combat medic certifications.