Disturbing news reaches us from Fort Bragg just now.
At least 15 soldiers had to be transported via medical helicopter to Womack Army Medical Center after an explosion occurred on one of the training ranges. One or more of those soldiers had to be transferred to UNC hospital later on.
All wounded soldiers were members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. We are told that the explosion took place at Range 69 of the base.
A spokesman for USAOC, Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt commented that: “We‘re looking into an incident that occurred today on Fort Bragg. It did incur injuries, but the extent of the injuries are yet to be determined.”
There was no information released from authorities as to the condition of the soldiers that were injured in the incident as to what caused the explosion.
The unfortunate incident comes just one day after 15 marines were injured when an amphibious vehicle caught fire whilst participating in a training exercise at a military base in California.
Of that division, five Marines are still in critical condition and ten are receiving further medical care for burns.
Officials of the 1st Marine Division declared that eight of the fifteen Marines aboard the amphibious vehicle had to be medically evacuated to the Burn Center, located at University of California San Diego Health.
Sad to say, but so far this year, more U.S. troops have been reported killed in training than the total number of those that have died in combat in Afghanistan.
For this reason, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona stood on the senate floor yesterday to demand that a new defence bill be passed which would pour billions of dollars into more detailed training programs and to get to a better state of, what is known in military circles, “readiness.”