Three National Guardsmen injured in training accident

Three National Guardsmen injured in training accident
Three Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, South Dakota Army National Guard, were injured during an exercise this weekend at a training area near the Yankton armory.

The Soldiers were injured on Saturday morning, Oct. 13, when their military vehicle, an M-270A1 rocket launcher, drove over a steep knoll, jolting the driver, gunner and track commander who were all injured in the mishap.

Two of the three Soldiers have been treated and released for their injuries and the third remains under observation and is expected to be released within the week. The names and the details of the injuries are being withheld in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accoun-

tability Act (HIPAA).

The accident is currently under investigation.

Battery C, also known as Charlie Battery, is a field artillery unit of the South Dakota Army National Guard headquartered in Yankton, South Dakota. The unit's battalion headquarters is located in Watertown and Sisseton and provides command and control to Battery C, Battery A in Aberdeen, Battery B in Salem and Sioux Falls, and the 147th Forward Support Company in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Webster.

The primary wartime mission for 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery is to provide fire support to other combat units in the form of rocket fire with the assigned M-270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

Since the terrorist attacks on America, the South Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 2,900 Soldiers and 700 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terror.

During the peak of deployments, South Dakota had more than 1,500 Soldiers in Iraq at one time.

Currently, about 150 Soldiers and Airmen from the South Dakota National Guard remain on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 4,000 National Guardsmen are available in South Dakota to provide support for state and national emergencies and homeland defense.

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