Soldier Suffers Minor Injuries While Setting Up Drill Exercises

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A member of the 142nd Fires Brigade was injured while preparing for drill exercises Friday afternoon, according to Lt. Col. Keith Moore with the Arkansas Army National Guard.

The soldier sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Mercy Fort Smith.

The accident happened as soldiers were pre-positioning equipment for a live fire exercise scheduled for the weekend, Lt. Col. Moore said.

He was riding inside a fire control vehicle and was tossed around the inside of the vehicle while it was moving, according to Lt. Col. Moore.

The fire control vehicle is a tracked vehicle with computers and communications gear.  It’s used to compute target information and for communication with the guns of the brigade.

The injured soldier was a specialist with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of 142nd Fires Brigade.