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MG Uberti Press Conference

Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general III Corps and Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks to media members at 8 a.m. June 3 outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at Fort Hood, Texas.

The general gave a brief statement regarding a tragic training accident June 2, in which flood waters killed five Soldiers and left four others still missing.

“Due to the quick action of some other Soldiers that were training, we were able to rescue three Soldiers who are in stable condition at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and will potentially be released later today,” Uberti said. “Our priority has been, since the first report of this incident and continues to be, the search for our four missing teammates.”

The general was joined at the podium by Col. Todd Fox, the garrison commander for Fort Hood, and Chief Coleman Smith from the Fort Hood Fire Department, and noted the outpouring of support to the post.

“I’d also like to thank the many emergency services personnel, not only Fort Hood emergency services, but the state and local community emergency services personnel who have so willingly come forward and have professionally been searching for our Soldiers,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the community for their outpouring of support, their thoughts and prayers. They will be needed in the tough days ahead. As you are all aware, this tragedy extends well beyond Fort Hood and the outpouring of support from around the country is sincerely appreciated. As I mentioned, while our priority remains on searching for our four missing Soldiers, we also are providing support and counseling for the Soldiers, Families and friends affected by this tragedy.”