Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Arkansas National Guard Soldiers.....

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — Fourteen Arkansas members of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were injured late Monday night when their barracks collapsed during high winds at their training facility in Mississippi. All were taken to a hospital, treated and released, according to a release from the public affairs office for the brigade.
Camp Shelby barracks damage
Fourteen Arkansas National Guard soldiers were injured when high winds damaged a barracks at Camp Shelby where they were training.

The soldiers, primarily from the 39th's 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry units based in Mena, DeQueen and Sheridan, suffered mostly minor cuts and bruises. One soldier had more serious injuries, which were not life-threatening, according to the statement.

About 11 p.m. Monday night, an unconfirmed tornado passed through Camp Shelby, according to the release. The building's roof was partially removed allowing the rest to collapse.

Soldiers, including the battalion's physician assistant, medics and combat lifesavers, responded from other barracks to assist, the release said.

The injured where taken to local hospitals, and families of the injured have been notified, according to the release.

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade are stationed at the camp Shelby training facility near Hattisburg, Miss. They are expected to have a farewell ceremony on Thursday and leave for Iraq later in the month.

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