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50 Bragg paratroopers injured in military training exercise

Published: Apr. 14, 2015 at 10:02 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2015 at 10:02 PM EDT
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FORT BRAGG, NC (WECT) - Fort Bragg officials confirm approximately 50 paratroopers were taken to the hospital following a training exercise Monday night.

A statement from the base said five troopers were admitted, while 40 others have been released from Womack Army Medical Center. The remainder is awaiting evaluation.

The statement said the types of injuries included lower extremity injuries and back pain. There were no life-threatening injuries reported.

The paratroopers were taking part in the 82nd Airborne Division-led Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise, or CJOAX.

The week-long training, involving U.S. troops and British paratroopers, is the division's largest bilateral training exercise in the past 20 years.

A spokesperson for the 82nd Airborne Division said the injured paratroopers were part of a group of about 2,100, doing combat jumps with at least 100 pounds of gear on at night.

We're told while officials do everything they can to mitigate risk, injuries like these are not uncommon with these types of exercises.

More than 20 aircraft took part in Monday night's training and could be seen in the Wilmington area.

Military officials say the training is expected to run from April 13 – 20.

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