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    One Soldier Dead, Another Hospitalized Amid Outdoor Fitness Tests in Mississippi Heat Wave

    One Soldier Dead, Another Hospitalized Amid Outdoor Fitness Tests in Mississippi Heat Wave

    The death of a soldier and the hospitalization of another last week at Shelby, an Army base in Mississippi, may have been caused by a combination of hot weather and the service's fitness test, as record-breaking heat waves torch much of the U.S.

    A junior enlisted Illinois National Guardsman died Friday at the base right after completing the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT. Spc. Nathaniel Jefferson, 38, collapsed after finishing the two-mile run, the final part of the six-event test. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, a base spokesperson told .com.

    The cause of death was unclear Thursday, but one source with direct knowledge of the situation said Jefferson had symptoms associated with heat-related injuries.

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    Another soldier at Camp Shelby was hospitalized the following day, prompting the base to curtail many outdoor training activities after the back-to-back incidents.

    The 18-year-old soldier, who suffered hot weather injuries during a separate ACFT, was in the Mississippi's Recruit Sustainment Program, or RSP — Detachment 3, Bravo Co., where newly enlisted Guardsmen train on Army fundamentals during weekends before being shipped off to basic training.

    The soldier, who was not identified by the Army, was still recovering in the hospital on Thursday.

    The temperature in the area hit record-breaking temperatures…

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