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3 soldiers killed in Bradley Fighting Vehicle rollover at Fort Stewart
Three soldiers were killed and another three injured when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Sunday morning, Army officials announced.
The soldiers, assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, were pronounced dead a the the site of the accident, which occurred around 3:20 a.m., Fort Stewart public affairs announced in a statement on Sunday.
The three injured soldiers were evacuated to Winn Army Community Hospital for treatment and evaluation. Two have already been treated and released, while the third has been transferred to Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, with non-life threatening injuries.
The vehicle has already been recovered by 3ID personnel and the incident is currently under investigation.
As is Defense Department policy, the names of the soldiers killed in the incident are being withheld until the notification of their next of kin.
"Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community," 3rd ID commander Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto said in a statement.
"We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more," Aguto wrote. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affect by this tragedy."
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.
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That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
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"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.
On July 2, military jurors found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder and attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death and opening fire at an old man and a young girl on separate occasions during his 2017 deployment to Iraq.