Kentucky Soldiers Rescued From Pikes Peak

By: Alyssa Chin/KKTV/AP Email
By: Alyssa Chin/KKTV/AP Email

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Campbell, Ky were rescued off Pikes Peak Saturday by helicopters from Fort Carson. They were on a high-altitude training mission at the time.

Some of the rescued soldiers showed signs of dehydration and oxygen deprivation on the peak.

At the time of the rescue, the summit reportedly had "blizzard-like" conditions with wind gusts of over 50 mph making it hard for the helicopters to assist. Three soldiers may have suffered hypothermia, and another an unspecified leg injury.

In all, ten soldiers were taken to a hospital. Nine were released within two hours. The last was hospitalized for observation.

El Paso County Search and Rescue also assisted Fort Carson with the rescue efforts, which took several hours. At last report, the soldiers were brought down to 2 Mile and flown out.


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  • by Ft Campbell Native on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    I'm not sure how their training is, but shouldn't they gradually bring them up to that high altitude? I PCS'd from Sheppard AFB and adjusting to 6,600 ft at USAFA was tough and took months. It just seems like it makes more sense to train them here in The Springs, then take them up a little bit at a time. Just a few feet does make a big difference.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM
    No wonder we can't win in Afganihstan
  • by S Location: COS on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    They ARE our nation's finest. Unfortunately, sounds like the military officials who planned this mission failed to get weather updates. Hope they are all okay and can continue when our beautiful weather has returned.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    Our Nation's finest...
  • by Anonymous Location: Ft. Carson on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM
    That was Poor planning on the militarys part. Not saying anything BAD, but they bring soldiers from a different state where they are not used to being 14,000ft high and everyone knows that once you are above tree line there is less oxygen and is very hard to breath and not to mention this time of year pikes peak still gets bad snow storms and its very cold. Im glad the Soldiers are safe and they are alive! They are very lucky!
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      by Doc on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM in reply to Anonymous
      For those of you that don't get it, they are here to train in the same altitude as Afghanistan. it is better to find out you have altitude problems before being in a life or death situation like war. Oh, and for those civilians that hate military these soldiers from Kentucky are most likely reservists "civilian soldiers" civilians just like you
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        by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM in reply to Doc
        Good training too in case our military has to round up civilians who live at that altitude. I mean you can't trust anyone anymore especially US citizens
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        by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM in reply to Doc
        Civilians in uniform are not civilians just like me. They are military.
  • by Juan on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    What a bunch of pandahoe wimps!
  • by Just a thought... on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    So many angry people with so many harsh opinions. Take some advice...shut off the computer and go enjoy the sunshine, be happy you are alive and healthy and stop bashing others.
  • by MP Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM
    On a lighter note, when I look at the picture of the parked vehicles, I only think, "Where the hell are the chock blocks and drip pans!" Glad there were only minor injuries...
  • by Devry Location: Ft Carson on Apr 15, 2012 at 08:39 PM
    It is odd to me that so many have so many negative things to say. But the sad truth is most Americans 99% cant make it and or dont have the courage to attempt to join the military. It is easy to sit back and comment online but remember that freedom that you are willing to use .... many of these soldiers have died for ... So enjoy the freedom you dont do anything for ... SAD and they wonder why our Country is declining it isnt the military ... its the lazy civilians ...
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:39 AM in reply to Devry
      Well said!
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        by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM in reply to
        But never explained.
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      by bashed on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM in reply to Devry
      Sorry Devry, but our freedom was earned many years ago by the more respected soldiers. soldiers today are in mainly in for two reason, 1: free education (surprise, you just got more than you bargained for, 2: revenge (which I destest and find nothing respectful about any of them) and 3: those who joined because it was their passion. It was their choice to serve and that alone does not mean they get my respect. Respect is earned and from what I have read on several stories by past and present commenting soldiers, they are a disgrace to the uniform.
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        by Lorelei on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM in reply to bashed
        Thank you for a smart comment.It is refreshing to read somebody not trying to be politically correct in this town.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM in reply to bashed
        Bashed, Yes there are soldiers that join for wrong reasons and they are the ones getting kicked out believe it or not, But there are soldiers who join to keep our freedom and fight for our country so you may have this freedom of speech. Trust me i have ran into my fair share of not worthy soldiers but there are lots out there who are very respectful but for all the ones who have disrespected dosnt mean we should give all soldiers that kinda name. No matter what a soldier is will always be a soldier in my eyes and i will always respect them no matter who they are, cause they put there life on the line to have there name be brought up once on the news then to the world they are forgotten. "just beacuase you come across one bad apple dosnt mean that should stop you enjoying them"
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      by MP on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Devry
      I've "been there, done that", trust me it's partly the military, there's a fair share in the military that aren't worth the powder it would take to blow 'em to hell. There's also a lot of hard working and dedicated folks also. Same to be said for civilians. Pretty much the same for any organization...
  • by Fed Up on Apr 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM
    To the army majority: You earn respect for who you are as a person, not what you for a living. So far, the majority of the soldiers I have come across the last 10 years, stink to high heaven! Our soldier's, past and present commenting the way you have, just proves why the majority of you are detested and looked down upon. It's people like you, we as American's are hated as much as we are.
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