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10 soldiers struck by lightning at Fort Drum expected to be OK

Ten New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers were treated after being struck by lightning Tuesday evening at Fort Drum in northern New York.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. in one of the Army post training areas. Six soldiers were treated and returned to duty, while four were still under the care of unit medics Wednesday morning but are expected to resume their duties.


The soldiers were part of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Lawrenceville, N.J., unit spokesperson 1st Sgt. David Moore told NBC News.

Moore said he was not sure what kind of training the unit had been conducting at the time or how long they had been out there. 

The brigade arrived at Fort Drum on Aug. 8 for an annual 15-day training exercise. Moore said the unit would not release the names of the soldiers injured. 

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The brigade is composed of 2,000 soldiers from all 21 counties in New Jersey. 

Fort Drum is home to the 10th Mountain Division. 

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