8 spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces in­jured in Fort Bragg train­ing

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

FORT BRAGG, N.C. » Eight U.S. spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces were in­jured Thurs­day dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise in­volv­ing de­mo­li­tions at Fort Bragg, ac­cord­ing to an Army spokesman.

The sol­diers were taken to sev­eral hos­pi­tals in­clud­ing the Wo­mack Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter on base for treat­ment, said Lt. Col. Rob Bock­holt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, which is based at Fort Bragg.

Bock­holt said he didn’t know the ex­tent of the sol­diers’ in­juries.

Ini­tial re­ports said the in­juries hap­pened in an ex­plo­sion, but Bock­holt says he could not con­firm that.

The sol­diers were stu­dents from the John F. Kennedy Spe­cial War­fare Cen­ter and School and they were at a range on base, the Army said.

About 57,000 mil­i­tary per­son­nel are at­tached to Fort Bragg, next to Fayet­teville, North Carolina. It is the largest Army in­stal­la­tion by pop­u­la­tion and one of the largest in the world, cov­er­ing about 161,000 acres.

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