‘You deserve it’: Vanessa Guillen’s sister sounds off on Army firings at Fort Hood
““The toxic leadership -- thank God that those leaders at Fort Hood -- 14 of them -- were removed,” Lupe Guillen said. “If Mr. McCarthy actually watches this, I hope you actually endorse the ‘I am Vanessa Guillen’ (Act of 2020),” she said. We are not going to stop.”Read the “I am Vanessa Guillen Act of 2020.”Lupe Guillen said the act will “keep (her) sister’s legacy alive” and it will save lives. “It was widespread at Fort Hood, so things aren’t complete. Officials identified the two suspects tied to Fort Hood solider Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance on July 2.
14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at base
He also ordered a separate probe into staffing and procedures at the base's Criminal Investigation Command unit, which is responsible for investigating crimes on Fort Hood. Mejhor Morta was found near a reservoir by Fort Hood. The five-member panel spent three weeks at Fort Hood and conducted more than 2,500 interviews, including 647 in person. They said they found a deep dissatisfaction with the sexual assault and harassment reporting and response program. Fort Hood, he said, has the highest rate of positive drug tests in the Army.
"Significant number" of U.S Army officers and soldiers at Fort Hood expected to be fired, AP reports
A memorial for Specialist Vanessa Guillén outside the Fort Hood U.S. Army post in Killeen. A “significant number” of U.S Army officers and soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas are expected to be fired in an effort to correct a years-long culture of sexual assault and a pattern of violence at the base, the Associated Press reported. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is expected to remove soldiers from their jobs and trigger investigations that could lead to wider punishments, according to the AP. Guillén was the victim of sexual harassment, her sister said, but she didn’t report the sexual harassment out of fear of retaliation. Between 2014 and 2019, an average of 129 felonies were committed annually at Fort Hood, including murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.
Army to fire, suspend Fort Hood troops over violence at base
McCarthy and other senior Army leaders are expected to announce the results of the review on Tuesday. Officials say they expect that Army Lt. Gen. Pat White, the base commander, will not face any administrative action. Army leaders have already delayed Efflandt's planned transfer to Fort Bliss, where he was slated to take over leadership of the 1st Armored Division. In a recent video message on Twitter, McCarthy said he had reviewed the findings of the independent commission he sent to assess the command climate at Fort Hood. All together, so far this year, 25 soldiers assigned to Fort Hood have died due to suicide, homicide or accidents, compared with 32 last year and 24 in 2018.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, Sept. 2
Here are things you need to know for Wednesday, Sept. 2:1. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt will no longer be in charge of Fort Hood and he wont be taking over as the commander of Fort Bliss, the military announced. He will remain at Fort Hood as the deputy commanding general for support. 3 things to shareWORD OF THE DAY:Taciturn: [ tas-i-turn ] (adjective) Inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation. QUOTE OF THE DAY:In nature there are few sharp lines. - A. R. AmmonsMore headlines you may be interested in
Fort Hood general loses post, denied transfer after incidents at Army base
FORT HOOD, Texas The Army denied the transfer of a Fort Hood general and removed him from his post Tuesday after recent incidents at the Texas base, including the death of a Houston soldier whose body was found months after she disappeared. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt will no longer be in charge of Fort Hood and he wont be taking over as the commander of Fort Bliss, the military announced. He will remain at Fort Hood as the deputy commanding general for support. Vanessa Guillen was foundAccording to the Army, Maj. Gen. John Richardson IV will be the acting senior commander at Fort Hood until a new base commander is appointed. New Army investigation into Guillen caseThe Army also announced that a new in-depth investigation will be launched into the chain-of-command actions related to the Guillen case.
Army identifies buried remains as missing Texas soldier
Juan Cruz, boyfriend of Army soldier Vanessa Guilln, kneels in front of a mural honoring her Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Houston. (Godofredo A. Vsquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)AUSTIN, Texas An Army commander confirmed Monday that dismembered remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belonged to a 20-year-old soldier who vanished more than two months ago from the Texas base. Vanessa Guilln. A day earlier, an attorney for Guilln's family had said Army officials told the family at their Houston home that the remains were hers. Guilln's family has said that they believe she was sexually harassed by Robinson and is calling for a congressional investigation.
WATCH LIVE: Fort Hood senior commander to give update on Vanessa Guillen case
Fort Hood senior commander will host a press conference to address the current status of the Spc. Vanessa Guillen investigation. At 2 p.m., Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, III Corps deputy commanding general, will be joined by Fort Hoods U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and representatives from law enforcement agencies who are assisting with the investigation. This is a developing story.