Muscatatuck - K9 Training and Certification Workshop

APRIL 9TH-11TH, 2021

APCA Certifications
Training and Certification workshop

APRIL 9TH-11TH, 2021


Hello all, over the moon excited this day has finally arrived!!

It’s an honor to host this event and to train with each of you. I arrived on base last night and happy to say minus a few inevitable changes, all is running smoothly, and can’t wait to kick this off!!

So, some useful information:

MUTC address can be tricky with GPS systems. FYI, Brush Creek Elementary is directly across the highway from the base road. The school address is 4275 US-50 North Vernon, IN 47265 You will notice a yellow caution light above the highway. As you turn onto the base road you will follow it to the Guard Shack. You will need to present Drivers License ID to gain base entry.

*Guards will ask group affiliation and you can tell them you are here for K9 training hosted by Canine Connection. POC is Debbie Triplett from Ohio Task Force One. THIS IS NOT AN OHIO OR FEMA TRAINING. IT IS HOSTED SOLELY BY CC. However, most of MUTC recognizes me as an Ohio handler and that’s how they remember who I am.

We are going to stress this to you a hundred times over:  ABSOLUTELY, DO NOT WANDER AROUND LOST ON THIS BASE. It is a military facility and it is dangerous to stray from our designated areas. If you are lost or confused by directions. Stop where you are, do not proceed,  and contact Debbie at (423) 838-0491 Wait for a return call and do not move forward until we have discussed locations.

To reach registration: At the guard shack, you will see a red flashing traffic light and a horse monument. You will turn right at the monument and immediately bear left. This route will take you in direct view of the flooded village, which will be on the left. At the next caution light, proceed through both sets of the “American Embassy Gates”. Turn left after exiting Embassy gates at the stop sign. Registration is at the Dining Hall. It is beside “ St. Frances Hospital, with dark glass doors, and a bench out front. You will also see 2 tanks on the opposite side of the dining hall. You can park anywhere convenient in this area. The entire route from the Guard Shack to the Dining Hall will be marked by yellow flagging tape. Follow your markers if the directions are confusing. All briefings will occur at the dining hall.

Again- do not stray from your area or drive on base without an unknown destination. We are sharing this facility with other units that are practicing military maneuvers. Ravens Challenge Unit is present with Explosive Detection Canines. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CANINE OUTSIDE OF OUR VENUE AREAS. You will hear explosions and charges are set outside of our areas. Keep your canines under control and within our designated areas.

JSOC will be conducting night ops with helos, tanks, heavy artillery. ABSOLUTELY NOBODY is allowed beyond lodging areas after 11:00 pm. We want you at your housing location and do not leave without contacting Debbie for guidance. FYI, if you are out to dinner or nightly trainings, etc. – again- we want you at housing by 23:00. Also, please, please, please do not photograph any groups other than our own and DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT share any photos of aircraft or equipment in play. JSOC does not want ANY photos ( in the distance, up close, on the ground, or in the air) shared. Please be extremely careful we do not violate that request.

Now that I have thoroughly frightened you, realize our areas are safe and secure. The beauty of MUTC is that it’s as real as it gets. It’s a true privilege to have use of this facility.

You will see a pic of a square structure at the end of this email. These are shafts to the Subway system with a 20-foot drop. In theory, these are covered but occasionally a cover may be missing. Use caution and double-check before allowing your canine near them.

Building temperatures are set by state monitors. We can’t adjust on site. We are at liberty to open windows etc.  The weather has been beautiful and looks great with only a small percentage of rain. I would suggest bringing a fan in the event it’s just a little stuffy or too warm for your preference.

We want to accommodate every handler and canine to ensure a successful workshop. Please feel free to request any needs that arise and if possible we will put every effort into making it happen.

Safe travels to all! See you soon!

Certifications offered for:
Tracking, Trailing, Wilderness, Land and Water Human Remains, Wildlife Detection Certifications.

In conjunction with certifications, we also have on-site training venues including a cave complex and train wreck for participants that wish just to train or to train before or after certifications

The workshop begins Friday, April 9th at 9:00 am. and will Conclude at 4:00 pm Sunday, April 11th.

Barracks are available for occupancy at 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 8th.
*(Meet and Greet at 6:00. Briefing at 7:00)


Cost $300

*fee non-refundable


Muscatatuck - K9 Training and Certification Workshop

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Melissa Morgan Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky.  At the University, she is the Director of the Food Systems Innovation Center (FSIC) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Food Science. Melissa’s research interests include pre- and post-harvest food safety and quality control. In recent years this worked has evolved to included activities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from non-routine emergencies resulting from intentional and non-intentional contamination affecting food products. Melissa’s teaching program includes traditional classes in Food Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Foodborne Pathogens, and Veterinary Medical Terminology (online), in addition to a robust program in undergraduate student research and internships.

Melissa has been involved in working and training scent detecting dogs for over 20 years. She is a K9 Deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department,  Chief of the Kentucky Search Dog Association, and K9 manager for Ohio Task Force 1 a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team.  Melissa has been involved with over 375 incidents as either a dog handler, team leader or operations officer, her K9s are certified through FEMA, North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), American Police Canine Association (APCA) and Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) in disaster, air-scent, trailing, and cadaver. In addition, Melissa is an evaluator for KYEM, FEMA Disaster – HRD and a Master Trainer for APCA.