Closing Thought–04Oct19

From time to time I write about the events in my state of Mississippi……this time it happened only about 30 miles from where I live in the training facility known as “Camp Shelby”…..

Looks like the paratroopers got caught in a situation……

Eight-seven parachuting soldiers were blown into trees, 32 were injured and 18 of them hospitalized, including one who suffered a broken back during a night training exercise at a Mississippi military training center, officials said Thursday.

The soldiers were among 650 jumping in to open a 10-day training exercise at Camp Shelby, a 134,000-acre (525-square-kilometer) National Guard site that includes a joint forces training center for active and reserve service members, officials said in a news release.

Lt. Col. Matthew Myer, commander of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, wrote on Facebook that the soldier with the spinal injury was among 18 who “required care” and are all expected to recover. The one with a broken back was operated on successfully and “is expected to recover well,” he wrote.

He said 87 soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division landed in trees. At least four lodged so high up that the fire department had to help get them down.

Glad to hear that all involved will recover…..

Just an FYI…some of the record sized Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes come from around the area of Camp Shelby….I personally saw one that was just short of 7 feet….but that was many years ago……

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Hope all have a wonderful weekend ….be well, be safe.

4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–04Oct19

  1. That was my first thought was the snakes. I spent many summer camps and weekend drills there. They will hang out in trees. That is where we would see them. I was in the Signal National Guard unit. One year we were supporting a heavy armored cav unit in a exercise. “BOOM” Those big guns when off and out of ground popped the snakes. We sat in the signal van with the door open and counted them in amazement that we had set up on top of so many. It was in January so they must of been under ground through the cold snap. The ground shaking ran them out of the area.

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