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Soldiers Injured as Severe Weather Strikes Camp Shelby


Rescue personnel search the site of a collapsed barracks at Camp Shelby, Miss., March 3 after severe winds struck the mobilization site for Soldiers of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Photo by 39th IBCT

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Army News Service, March 4, 2008) - Fourteen Soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were injured last night as a result of severe weather passing through Camp Shelby.

Injuries were mainly limited to minor cuts and bruises with a single Soldier suffering more severe, yet non-life threatening injuries, 39th IBCT officers said.

An unconfirmed tornado passed through the post just south of Hattiesburg, Miss., at At approximately 11 p.m., damaging a barracks building which housed Soldiers from the 39th's 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry with units based in Mena, DeQueen and Sheridan, Ark.

The building's roof was partially blown away by strong winds with the remainder collapsing on several Soldiers inside. The 39th's Soldiers from neighboring barracks quickly responded with a search and rescue effort and establishing triage.

Along with the battalion's physician assistant, the 39th's medics and combat lifesavers on the scene to assist outnumbered the injured Soldiers. Civilian emergency officials arrived in short order and were able to quickly get the Soldiers transported to the local hospital where all 14 were treated and released.

The 39th Brigade confirmed all Soldiers have been accounted for and the Families of the injured Soldiers have been notified.

A complete damage assessment to the post is anticipated to take place today, officials said.

The 39th Brigade, which is headquartered in Little Rock, is currently conducting mobilization training at Camp Shelby in preparation for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Brigade will conduct a farewell ceremony March 6, with deployment overseas later in the month.

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