Texas flood overtakes military personnel at Fort Hood: at least 3 soldiers killed, 6 missing…

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The bodies of five Fort Hood, Texas soldiers were recover Thursday, and four more are missing and feared dead after their vehicle overturned at the Owl Creek tactical low water crossing during a morning training exercise.

Three of the bodies were found Thursday afternoon; the other two that evening.

They were all members of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

The Lone Star State has been the scene of torrential rain, which led to the 2-1/2-ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicle to overturn, sweeping the soldiers downstream.

Three soldiers were rescued and hospitalized and are reported to be in stable condition.

Fox News reported:

Aerial and ground crews scoured the 20-mile creek that stretches through heavily wooded terrain on the northern fringe of the base. Army aircraft, canine search teams, swift-water rescue watercraft and heavy trucks were being used in the search.

The Army has yet to release any of the names of the deceased soldiers because it was still notifying relatives.

 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers their families and the Fort Hood community,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement late Thursday.

“The brave men and women stationed at Fort Hood put their life on the line every day, be it through rescue operations or on the battlefield. Texas will forever remain grateful for their sacrifices,” Abbott said.

The First Cavalry Division posted this message to its Facebook page via its commanding officer, Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson II.


Thursday was a day of tragedy for the U.S. military. Also on Thursday a Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet crashed in central Tennessee during a training run, taking its pilot with it. And in Colorado, after making a flyover at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, an Air Force Thunderbird F-16 crashed. In that instance the pilot was able to bail out.

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