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Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 5:33pm
FORT BLISS, TX (KTSM) — A Fort Bliss soldier was recovering after a training accident left him with sharpnel wounds to his torso and left hand, post officials said.
The soldier was in critical, but stable condition at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
"Our thoughts are with this injured Soldier and we wish him a speedy
recovery. The doctors and nurses at William Beaumont are doing everything
they can for the Soldier," said Major Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss spokesman.
Officials said the soldier was conducting a Fire Coordination Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The accident involved an artillery round that exploded in the vicinity of a group of soldiers involved in the training.
None of the other soldiers were injured. Operations at the range where the accident occurred have been suspended and an investigation was underway.
"The 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss are committed to providing the most realistic possible training to our Soldiers. We work very hard to avoid training accidents and safety is always a top priority during these exercises. When an accident does occur, it is a tragedy. The installation
is very focused on determining the cause of this accident and will do everything we can to keep this from happening again," said MG Sean MacFarland, Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division Commander.