Three Soldiers Tragically Die and Three Others Injured During Training Exercise at Fort Stewart
FORT STEWART, GA – According to online news reports at washingtonpost.com and columbian.com, an accident that occurred during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia caused three soldiers to tragically die over the weekend.*
Per a news release, three members of the Army’s 1stArmored Brigade Combat Team died at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, which is located 40 miles from Savannah, Georgia. The accident occurred in the early morning hours and involved a Bradley Fighting Vehicle that rolled over in water during a training exercise.
According to a commanding general of the 3rdInfantry Division, “Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community. We are extremely saddened by the loss.”
Three additional solders sustained injuries and were transported to a local army hospital for treatment. The Army has not released the names of the victims of the accident, which remains under investigation at this time.
This incident comes as over a dozen U.S. service members have died in training exercises over the past year. This death toll is staggering, and has prompted calls from the victims’ families as well as members of Congress to improve the safety of training practices and standards.
A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is currently investigating the accident.
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Source:https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/10/20/three-us-soldiers-killed-during-training-exercise-fort-stewart/ and https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/oct/21/team-investigates-training-deaths-at-georgias-ft-stewart/
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