Nine Hawaii soldiers hospitalized for heat exhaustion

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nine soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks were sent to area hospitals Friday after showing symptoms of heat related injuries that occurred during a 12-mile foot march at the East Range Training Area.

Eight of the nine Soldiers treated have been cleared for release. One is stable and still being treated.

On-site medical professionals diagnosed the soldiers and contacted local EMS units at approximately 10 a.m. Friday. Ambulances took six Soldiers to Tripler Army Medical Center and the remaining three were transported to Wahiawa General Hospital.

The foot race was part of the qualification testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge.  It is a U.S. Army Badge that Infantry soldiers are presented with and wear on their uniform after successfully completing specified requirements such as rifle marksmanship, basic first aid, map reading and a 12-mile foot march.

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