Army: JBER paratroopers injured during Mississippi training jump

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 14:49
  • Star file photo / Matt Tunseth

Army officials said Thursday that 23 paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were hospitalized after 87 soldiers landed in trees Wednesday night during a training jump at Fort Shelby, Mississippi.

Many of the paratroopers landed high in trees and needed several hours to be recovered. The Army said all will recover, with the most serious injury being a broken back. Most of the soldiers taken to the hospital had been released by Thursday afternoon.

The “Spartan” brigade is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

LTC Matt Myer, commander of the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, said the soldier who broke his back underwent successful surgery.

“We have fully recovered all 87 paratroopers from across 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division that landed in trees on last night’s jump,” Shelby wrote in an update posted to hte reginment’s Facebook page Thursday morning. “We had a few jumpers remaining that were so high in the trees that they required significant recovery support. Thankfully, a majority of the paratroopers were uninjured from their tree landings.

“The 18 paratroopers that required care will all recover. One soldier received a successful surgery for a broken back, and is expected to recover well.”

The Army said soldiers who were hurt in the jump had been able to call their familes.

In a Thursday press conference, the Army said a total of 23 soldiers were initially admitted to Forest General Hospital, with four remaining there as of Thursday. None of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said.

According to Army spokesman John Pennell, 3,000 members of the “Spartan” brigade are currently on a training mission at the Mississippi base.

The Army didn’t immediately say what caused the accident.

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