FORT HOOD — To simulate the possibility of encountering a large number of injured soldiers in a combat zone, Fort Hood conducted mass casualty training Thursday.

Soldiers from the 21st Combat Support Hospital over the past few days assembled a full fledged 44-bed hospital made up of more than 8,000 square feet of tents.

It took 36 hours to complete the facility, which is air conditioned, has a full fledged X-ray, blood laboratory, two intensive care units, two operating rooms and even a chaplain station.

"What we can do here is what we are doing in Afghanistan," said Capt. Delsina West, a human resources officer with the 21st.

Helicopters flew in soldiers with simulated injuries ranging from minor to life threatening in the training exercise.

For the full story, check next week's edition of the Fort Hood Herald.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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