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Four injured Fort Bragg soldiers released; nine remain hospitalized

Posted September 24, 2011

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— Four of the 13 soldiers admitted to the Womack Army Medical Center Friday at Fort Bragg were released Saturday after suffering injuries during a training session. One soldier remains in serious condition.

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, Fort Bragg spokeswoman Jackie Thomas said. The soldiers, who were from various units, were walking with backpacks, helmets and weapons as if they were in combat, she said.

Eighteen soldiers were taken to Womack Army Medical Center for treatment, and 13 were admitted, she said. One was in critical condition in the intensive care unit. His condition was upgraded to serious, but stable, on Saturday afternoon.

The other 25 soldiers were treated in the field and released, she 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.

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