All but one injured Bragg soldiers released from hospital
Posted September 26, 2011
Fort Bragg, N.C. — All but one of the 13 soldiers admitted to Womack Army Medical Center Friday have been released after suffering injuries during a training session, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.
In all, 43 soldiers suffered heat-related injuries Friday morning during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, authorities said.
The soldiers were among 56 taking part in a 12-mile "ruck march" at about 6 a.m. to earn their Expert Field Medical Badge. The soldiers, who were from various units, were walking with backpacks, helmets and weapons as if they were in combat.
One soldier still in the hospital was stable and "is doing well," spokeswoman Shannon Lynch said.
The Expert Field Medical Badge qualification involves a series of hands-on tests over two weeks, Thomas said. The tests cover communications, emergency medical treatment, evacuation of the sick and wounded, day and night land navigation courses, CPR and weapons qualification.