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High temperatures at Fort Bragg send 18 soldiers to hospital

Eighteen U.S. soldiers at Fort Bragg in North Carolina were hospitalized amid 95-degree temperatures Monday, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Jose Colon, the 82nd Airborne Division's public affairs officer, told press that several soldiers required treatment for heat-related injuries after rehearsals for a change of command ceremony due to take place later in the week.

"We're talking about 3,000 paratroopers standing in formation and about a dozen that probably weren't very hydrated very well," Colon said, adding that all of the soldiers have since been released from the hospital.

"Everybody's OK," 82nd Airborne Division spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Burns told The Fayetteville Observer. "We identified the problem and acted on it."

Burns added that medics present at the rehearsal were able to immediately treat the soldiers. During breaks, the soldiers were encouraged to drink water and given a chance to go into shaded areas, according to the newspaper.

The 82nd's Combat Aviation Brigade is set to change both commanders and command sergeants major during the Wednesday ceremony, according to the Observer.

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