10/26/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Columbus, OH—A soldier who was injured during a parachuting accident in Columbus Wednesday succumbed to his serious injuries Sunday, October 24, 2010. An autopsy concluded the soldier died as a result of “severe head trauma”, according to information provided by the Washington Post.
Reports indicated 59-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 3 H. Roger Mills, along with four other soldiers, suffered injuries during a training exercise. They apparently caught a wind gust, causing them to hit the ground hard.
Though the four unidentified soldiers were hospitalized after the incident, they have since been released. Mills, on the other hand, suffered head injuries, likely including a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which proved fatal four days after the jump. The other soldiers’ injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
Maj. Gen. David N. Blackledge, commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stated, “Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with this soldier’s family and friends.”
Military officials contended that while injuries are not a rare occurrence during jumps, they are generally less severe. According to Lt. Col. Gerald Ostlund, twelve soldiers were killed during on-duty parachuting accidents since October 2001.
Mills, along with the four injured soldiers and 56 troops from the Guard and Army Reserve, jumped from a cargo plane flown by a Pittsburg-based Air Force Reserve unit on the day of the fatal accident.
The Ohio National Guard is expected to conduct a full investigation into the parachuting accident.
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