Multiple Army paratroopers were taken to local hospitals on Wednesday after being injured during a nighttime training jump at Camp Shelby, a Joint Forces Training Center run by the Mississippi National Guard.
The number of injured may number more than 80 soldiers, who apparently parachuted from a C-130 and glided into a wooded area, Lt. Col. Deidre Smith, a spokesman for the Mississippi National Guard, told WDAM.
“We do not have final numbers of injured or the extent of injuries right now and there are no life-threatening injuries reported at this time,” Daniel Szarek, a spokesman for Camp Shelby, told Task & Purpose, adding that some paratroopers had “missed the intended drop zone,” though he cautioned that not all were injured or landed in trees.
“This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available,” he said.
Approximately 650 soldiers with the Alaska-based 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division took part in the jump at 8 p.m. Eastern, the unit said on its official Facebook page. “We are still consolidating soldiers on the drop zone at this time,” it said.
The brigade has been training at Camp Shelby for several weeks as part of exercise Operation Arctic Anvil.
Camp Shelby Commander Col. Bobby Gin told WDAM-7 the wind blew the paratroopers away from their drop zone into pine trees, where some had to be rescued after becoming entangled.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated…