» RELATED: Deadly incident not the first at Fort Stewart
"Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area," commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto said. "We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy."
The names of the soldiers have not been released pending next-of-kin notification. The incident is under investigation.
Since 2015, training exercises involving live fire have been linked to two soldiers' deaths at Fort Stewart.
In a statement, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, whose congressional district includes the base, called the incident “tragic and devastating.”
“These brave soldiers gave everything for their nation, including their lives,” he said. “Amy and I send our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of these heroes and the entire 3ID community. The sacrifices of our military families are greater than most of us will ever know.”