Lightning & Soldiers’ Injuries
June 9, 2011 by USA Post
Lightning & Soldiers’ Injuries, Two cadets from the Air Force Reserve were taken to hospital by ambulance and another 75 by bus after a lightning strike on Wednesday in a military training base in southern Mississippi, said a spokeswoman. The cadets of the Air Force Reserve from around the country were in the Joint Forces Training Center for two weeks of work, said National Guard Staff Deidre Musgrave. All were sensitive and stable after the lightning struck about 2 hours, he said.
Forrest County emergency operations director Terry Steed told a National Weather Service forecaster anyone directly affected when lightning hit a utility pole near tents. All were taken to hospitals as a precaution, said Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist in Jackson.
Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg is the nation’s largest state-owned military center training. Its 136,000 hectares cut hills of southern Mississippi and pine forests include cities sham designed to look like Iraq and Afghanistan to give soldiers realistic training.
Soldiers and airmen from all over the country train there each year and tens of thousands of National Guard soldiers from across the country have been prepared for missions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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