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Bragg Soldiers Dies After Company Run

A Fort Bragg soldier has died from injuries related to over-heating during a company run July 29, according to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Sgt. Joshua Mann, 22, of Winside, Neb., died Saturday at Womack Army Medical Center, according to a release.

Mann was an airborne infantry team leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

The death is being investigated by the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army's Combat Readiness/Safety Center, which is at Fort Rucker, Ala., according to a division spokesman.

Mann's death comes during a summer marred by heat-related injuries among soldiers and weeks after 82nd Airborne Division officials re-emphasized safety for physical training during hot weather.

In June, 10 soldiers were hospitalized during a 10k run by the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Of the 3,000 runners, more than 500 could not finish, an official said.

The temperature near the start of the June 10k run was 78.3 degrees, according to the state climate office.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures on Friday averaged 90 degrees in Fayetteville and peaked at 103 degrees, with a low of 77 degrees.

It is unclear when the company run took place Friday or what the temperature was at the time.

Following the June run, the 82nd Airborne Division emphasized a year-old policy on identifying and treating heat-related injuries.

That policy called for regular break intervals during times of intense heat and increasing the availability of sheets soaked in ice water, which are used to treat heat-related injuries.

The results of an investigation into the 3rd Brigade's run have not been released, but a brigade spokesman previously said recommendations related to the investigation have been implemented across the division. Those include additional personnel to monitor soldiers, an educational campaign and added aid stations.

It is unclear if the additional precautions were taken during the run in which Mann was injured.

A division spokesman said he could not comment on specific details of the run because of the ongoing investigations.

Mann is survived by his wife, Rachel, of Norfolk, Neb., and his father, David, also of Norfolk, and mother, Melanie, of Winside, Neb.

Mann joined the military in 2008 and previously served as a gunner and an assistant squad leader with Company D, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

He deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq from August 2009 to July 2010.

Mann's awards include the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

 

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