The four local soldiers injured in a blast in Afghanistan last weekend are doing so well that they're already listening to Alan Jackson music and "giving the nurses a hard time," according to their command sergeant major.
"All of the families of these great Troopers have been notified and (officials have) reassured them that they are fine," Command Sgt. Maj. Joey Recker reported on a Facebook networking site for the Georgia National Guard's 1/108th Cavalry Regiment.
Members of the 1/108th's "Charlie Troop," which is based in Dalton, were riding in a humvee on May 17 when the vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, said Georgia National Guard spokesman Sgt. 1st Class Roy Henry. They sustained non life-threatening injuries, he said.
"Our reports from Troop C indicate the incident occurred in a northeastern province while the soldiers were returning from a mission with the Afghan police," Sgt. 1st Class Henry said.
Members of the 1/108th are among more than 2,000 soldiers of the Macon-based 48th Infantry Brigade that have been deployed as part of Joint Task Force Phoenix, he said. The task force is charged with training Afghan security forces, including both military and police.
Sgt. 1st Class Henry said he could not release the names of Charlie Troop soldiers hurt in the bomb blast - or even say how many were injured - for security reasons.
But Sgt. Maj. Recker identified four men on his Facebook post by their rank and last names: Sgt. 1st Class Boyles, Spc. Landowski, Spc. Sullens and Pfc. Richardson.
Pfc. Richardson, the driver, received only a cut to the forehead and has already been released from the hospital, according to Sgt. Maj. Recker. Spc. Sullins, the gunner, had a broken leg and a broken hip.
Spc. Landowski, the patrol medic, suffered facial lacerations, two broken legs and a fractured elbow. Sgt. 1st Class Boyles had a vertebrae injury, but escaped injury to his spinal cord, Sgt. Maj. Recker said.
All are expected to make a full recovery, he said.
Officials hadn't yet determined Wednesday whether the soldiers would return to duty in Afghanistan or come home to the United States for additional medical treatment, Sgt. 1st Class Henry said. Some of them are in a medical facility in Landstuhl, Germany.
Their unit began its yearlong tour with training in March before heading to Afghanistan in April.