11 soldiers from the Fort Bliss military base in Texas are under medical observation after they ingested an unknown substance while conducting a field training exercise.
According to base authorities, the soldiers fell ill after consuming a substance acquired outside of authorized food distribution channels. The injured personnel include a technical officer, two NCOs, and eight enlisted members.
The 11 soldiers involved in the incident remain under medical care at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center since their arrival in the early afternoon on Thursday, January 28.
Two soldiers remain in critical condition.
Fort Bliss leaders remain in constant contact with the families and unit members of sick soldiers and will see to their care.
“We take immediate steps to treat everyone involved with the best medical care available. Our leaders are engaged at all levels to provide guidance, information, and care to their teammates. Our commitment to our soldiers and families remains our number one priority as we work to understand what happened on January 28, “said Major General Sean C. Bernabe, mission commander for 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss.
Fort Bliss officials, in cooperation with law enforcement officials, continue to investigate this incident.