Tue, Jun 24, 2003
Bombing Djibouti Usually 'Routine'
Marine was killed and eight Marines and Navy service members
injured in what appears to be a training accident in Djibouti June
22, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa officials said.
CJTF spokesman Marine Capt. Will Klumpp said an Air Force B-52
Stratofortress apparently dropped "multiple" bombs in the wrong
area of Godoria Range. Several hundred American personnel were
participating in a supporting arms training exercise. "We've
conducted four of these exercises," Klumpp said during a phone
interview. "These are part of routine training." The range is
located on the coast of Djibouti.
Two service members received minor injuries, were treated by
medical personnel at Camp Lemonier and returned to their units,
according to a task force release. The other six injured service
members were transported to a hospital in Djibouti for
Two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters supporting
the exercise and parked near the range were damaged in the
accident, the release stated. Klumpp said the exercise includes
coordinating ground, air and naval gunfire. "[These exercises] help
personnel practice communications procedures," Klumpp said.
The exercise stopped immediately after the accident, which is
under investigation, occurred. The name of the Marine killed is
being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
[Thanks to Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
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