KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Three airmen were injured Tuesday when they fell to the ground during extraction training in the Northern Training Area.

According to 18th Wing Public Affairs, the incident occurred about 3 p.m. when the airmen, assigned to the 31st Rescue Squadron, were engaged in training with an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in the remote training area in northern Okinawa, some 30 miles from Kadena Air Base.

The three staff sergeants were recovered immediately and transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Lester. The extent of their injuries was unknown Tuesday evening.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, according to the 18th Wing Public Affairs office.

USNS Concord, HC-5 ‘Providers’ return to Guam

The Military Sealift Command’s USNS Concord and the Navy’s Helicopter Squadron 5 arrived on Guam on Tuesday after supporting Operation Unified Assistance to provide relief to victims of the tsunamis that devastated several South Asian nations Dec. 26.

The Concord, operating from U.S. Naval Base Guam, and the HC-5 “Providers,” based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, deployed on Dec. 30 for the humanitarian assistance mission, a U.S. Naval Base Guam official said Tuesday.

About 20 servicemembers from HC-5 accompanied the estimated 120 aboard the Concord, the officials added.

The Concord’s crew delivered 555 pallets of rice, water, medical supplies and other items totaling 1.6 million pounds to victims, stated a release about the ship’s accomplishments.

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