New law named for Guillén will revamp military investigations into sexual assault, harassment
Commanders will no longer be involved in military sexual harassment or sexual assault investigations under a new federal law named for a murdered Fort Hood soldier that goes into effect on Jan.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Study: Texas bases lead Army posts in risk of sexual assault
A new study finds that female soldiers at Army bases in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts, accounting for more than a third of all active duty Army women sexually assaulted in 2018.
A year after Vanessa Guillén’s death, lawmakers and advocates call for Congress to pass military sexual assault reform bill
A federal bill was recently reintroduced, proposing sweeping changes to the way the military investigates sexual assault and harassment allegations. Texas lawmakers are urging Congress to make it law.
Army to put civilian in charge of criminal probes, add staff
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army is putting a civilian in charge of its criminal investigations, adding staff and freeing up more agents to work on cases, in a plan to address widespread failures that surfa[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Army to put civilian in charge of criminal probes, add staff
The Army is putting a civilian in charge of its criminal investigations, adding staff and freeing up more agents to work on cases, in a plan to address widespread failures that surfaced last year after a string of murders and other crimes at Fort Hood, Texas.
Army disciplines 21 at Fort Hood in probe of soldier's death
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army said Friday that it has taken disciplinary action against 21 officers and non-commissioned officers at Fort Hood, Texas, in connection with death last year of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who was missing for about two months before her remains were found. [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Army report confirms sexual harassment of slain soldier Vanessa Guillen
AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Army on Friday confirmed for the first time that slain Spc. Vanessa Guillen was sexually harassed and further retaliated against at Fort Hood, which her family in Houston has consistently alleged in their fight for criminal justice reform in the military.myrgv.com
Army disciplines 21 at Fort Hood in probe of soldier's death
The Army said Friday that it has taken disciplinary action against 21 officers and non-commissioned officers at Fort Hood, Texas, in connection with death last year of Spc. Vanessa Guillén, who was missing for about two months before her remains were found. The punishments, which include firing eight senior commanders, are the latest Army moves in response to Guillén's disappearance and death, which brought to light widespread leadership failures at a base that had high rates of sexual assault, harassment, drug use and other problems.news.yahoo.com
Fort Hood investigation finds murdered soldier Vanessa Guillén's reports of sexual harassment were ignored
A U.S. Army investigation into the murder of Spc. Vanessa Guillen last year found that she was sexually harassed by a supervisor on two occasions, but leadership at Fort Hood ignored her reports of the harassment and failed to take appropriate action.foxnews.com
U.S. Army investigation finds Vanessa Guillen was sexually harassed by supervisor but not killer
An investigation by the U.S. Army unveiled that 20-year-old Army specialist <a href="https://www.ksat.com/topic/vanessa_guillen/">Vanessa</a> <a href="https://www.ksat.com/topic/vanessa_guillen/" target=_blank>Guillen</a> was sexually harassed by a supervisor and that leaders at Fort Hood did not act accordingly after she came forward, according to <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-army-investigation-finds-vanessa-guillen-sexually-harassed/story?id=77421570" target=_blank>a report from ABC News. </a>
Army under fire from Congress over Fort Hood response to criminal investigations
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday with how slowly improvements are being made to criminal investigations at Fort Hood, Texas, where rates of violent crime and sexual assaults are particularly high. More than two dozen Fort Hood soldiers died in 2020, including in multiple homicides and suicides. The review also concluded that the Army CID was understaffed, overwhelmed and filled with inexperienced investigators. Elder Fernandes, who was missing for more than a week last year before he was found dead about 28 miles from Fort Hood. AdAs a result of the independent review and other investigations, the Army earlier this year took action against 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood.
Major general in charge of Fort Hood during Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance reassigned to Joint Base San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Department of Defense announced general officer assignments on Wednesday, which will place the general who was in charge of Fort Hood when Vanessa Guillen disappeared in San Antonio. Maj. Gen. Scot L. Efflandt, formerly the special assistant to the commanding general at Fort Hood, has been reassigned to the same position at U.S. Army North, Joint Base San Antonio. An Army spokesperson said this was a temporary assignment for Efflandt while an internal investigation continues as a result of Guillen’s death. Lt. Gen. Pat White, the commanding general of Fort Hood during Guillen’s disappearance, will not face any administrative action. On July 6, 2020, Efflandt announced that the human remains found near the Leon River on June 30 were confirmed to be those of Vanessa Guillen.
Army leaders fighting distrust from soldiers at Fort Hood
FORT HOOD — The skepticism in the rooms was palpable when U.S. Army leaders met with soldiers at Fort Hood in recent days, to check in on the embattled base, which has been stricken with violence and eroded morale over the past year. “I feel like leaders are just checking off boxes,” one male soldier said Thursday, as Army Sgt. Grinston, along with other Army leaders, met with dozens of soldiers. “The whole world is looking at Fort Hood, so they want to see you come here,” one female soldier said. According to Grinston, the soldiers he met with told him: “Don’t stop getting to know your soldiers.mysanantonio.com
Congress vows to watch Army response to Fort Hood violence
Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy speaks about an investigation into Fort Hood, Texas at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Washington. A day after Army officials released an independent panel's report on chronic leadership failures and widespread violence at Fort Hood, lawmakers said they will ensure the Army makes long-delayed changes. Elder Fernandes, who was missing for more than a week before he was found dead about 28 miles from Fort Hood. Army leaders concluded that leadership failures contributed to the widespread crime problems at Fort Hood. The five-member panel spent three weeks at Fort Hood and conducted more than 2,500 interviews, including 647 in person.
Lawmakers hold hearing on Fort Hood review that led to firing, suspension of 14 soldiers
The House Armed Services Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Fort Hood 2020: The Findings and Recommendations of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee” on Wednesday afternoon. The hearing takes place a day after the Army said it has fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood following a pattern of violence. Witnesses will include members of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee, according to CNN. 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. Read more: 14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at base
Army disciplines 14 at Fort Hood over leadership failures that led to pattern of violence, including deaths
WASHINGTON – Army leaders are firing or suspending 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, and ordering policy changes to address chronic leadership failures at the base that fostered a widespread pattern of violence including murder, sexual assaults and harassment. Two general officers are among those being removed from their jobs, as top Army leaders on Tuesday announced the findings of an independent panel’s investigation into problems at the Texas base. The actions, taken by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, come in the aftermath of a year that saw 25 soldiers assigned to Fort Hood die due to suicide, homicide or accidents, including the bludgeoning death of Spc. The administrative actions are expected to trigger investigations that could lead to a wide range of punishments. The base commander, Army Lt. Gen. Pat White, will not face any administrative action.
14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at base
The Army says it has fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, and ordered policy changes to address chronic leadership failures at the base that contributed to a widespread pattern of violence including murder, sexual assaults and harassment. 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. 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.
Vanessa Guillen family, attorney to hold briefing after Army fires, suspends 14 Fort Hood soldiers
Update (12:45 p.m.): The family of slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen and their attorney will hold a news conference on Tuesday afternoon following the release of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee’s report. The Guillen family and their attorney will speak out following two briefings from Army leaders and Fort Hood officials, who earlier announced 14 Fort Hood soldiers have been fired or suspended over violence at the base. The news conference is slated to begin at 12:15 p.m. in Fort Hood and it will be livestreamed in this article. Read more: 14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at baseOriginal: Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and other senior Army leaders are expected to announce the results of a review of Fort Hood following the death of Spc. Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston will brief the media on the Fort Hood independent review at 11 a.m.
14 Fort Hood officers fired or suspended amid investigation into troop deaths on the Texas base
click to enlarge Instagram / darkashellpodcastArmy leaders released the findings Tuesday of an independent investigation into deaths of soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, announcing the firing or suspension of 14 senior officers on the base.The investigation was sparked by the death of 20-year-old Specialist Vanessa Guillén as well other soldiers on post. Guillén was discovered dead after telling family she'd been harassed by a superior. The other deaths were attributed to suicide, homicide and accidents.During their fact-finding mission on the Killeen-area installation, members of an independent panel met with unit leaders, soldiers, members of the Guillén family, local officials, law enforcement and community groups.Included in the investigation were interviews with 647 individual soldiers, 503 of whom were women. What's more, “female enlisted soldiers make up the lion’s share of the victims, mostly at the hands of enlisted male soldier subjects. "In response to the findings, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy ordered policy changes to address leadership failures at Fort Hood, which he said contributed to the violence experienced during 2020.“Leaders, regardless of rank, are accountable for what happens in their units and must have the courage to speak up and intervene when they recognize actions that bring harm to our Soldiers and to the integrity of our institution,” McCarthy said in a release.sacurrent.com
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.
14 fired or suspended following Fort Hood investigation into Vanessa Guillén's death
The investigation followed the death of Specialist Vanessa Guillén, who was bludgeoned to death at Fort Hood earlier this year. McCarthy named five civilians to be part of the review of the command climate and culture at the base and in the surrounding military community around Fort Hood. "I have determined the issues at Fort Hood are directly related to leadership failures," McCarthy said in announcing the firings. McCarthy said Guillén's murder "shocked our conscience and brought attention to deeper problems" at Fort Hood and across the Army more widely. On July 30, McCarthy directed the establishment of an Independent Review Committee to review the culture at Fort Hood.cbsnews.com
Fort Hood to honor slain Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén with memorial gate on the installation
click image Instagram / kflores56A south SA mural honors slain Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén. Nearly five months after the discovery of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén’s remains near the Killeen installation of Fort Hood, the military base has announced they will honor her by naming an entrance gate after her, according to the Army Times The outlet reports that Army officials invited Guillén’s family members onto the installation Tuesday, asking for their input on design concepts for a memorial gate. The designated gate leads to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment area where Guillén served before she was murdered earlier this year. "All of our 38,000 soldiers at Fort Hood are important, and — like Specialist Guillén — each volunteered to serve our nation. "Guillén was last seen working on Fort Hood in late April.sacurrent.com
Army: Slain Fort Hood soldier’s family entitled to compensation
FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, supporters of the family of slain Army Spc. The death of Guillen, who was slain by a fellow soldier at the Texas Army base where they both worked, has been classified as "in the line of duty," according to a report by U.S. Army officials. Vanessa Guillén, 20, was conducting her assigned duties at Fort Hood when a fellow soldier killed her in April, according to results of a report the Army announced Tuesday. According to the Army's report, Guillén “died by homicide” at 11 a.m. on April 22. The "I Am Vanessa Guillen Act,” introduced in Congress in September, would remove decisions on whether to prosecute members of the military for sexual assault or sexual harassment from the military chain of command.
Investigation into Fort Hood Spec. Vanessa Guillen’s killing concluded that she died ‘in the line of duty,' officials say
FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood officials on Tuesday told the family of Vanessa Guillen, the U.S. Army specialist killed by another soldier in an armory at Fort Hood, that an investigation into her killing concluded she died “in the line of duty.”Officials announced Guillen’s family is entitled to a wide range of benefits for Guillen’s service to the country. Fort Hood officials said that a line of duty determination is conducted for all soldier deaths. “This determination establishes that the Guillen family is entitled to a variety of Army benefits for Vanessa’s service to our nation,” Fort Hood officials said in a news release. Fort Hood officials say they will remain in contact with the Guillen family to keep them informed of additional actions taking place at Fort Hood and what policies are being revised to prevent a similar incident. More stories related to Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance:
‘The military’s #MeToo moment:’ Fort Hood victims speak out
Members of Congress launched an investigation of Fort Hood in September after Sgt. Elder Fernandes was found dead on Aug. 25 hanging from a tree in Temple, Texas, months after reporting sexual harassment. A Fort Hood officer went with his wife to their apartment during one altercation after Buxton called for help. A Fort Hood spokesperson said they had no information on this allegation. “How many more must die at Fort Hood for them to be held accountable?” Lupe Guillen said.
Vanessa Guillen’s family, friends celebrate her 21st birthday with march
HOUSTON, Texas – Family members, friends and supporters celebrated the life of slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen with a march. Five months after Guillen’s death, family members say they are still waiting for justice. Just weeks later, her remains were found in a shallow grave 20 miles east of Fort Hood. One of the suspects in Guillen’s murder fatally shot himself after being identified by law enforcement officials. The other suspect is in custody and charged in connection with Guillen’s disappearance.
Mural honoring Vanessa Guillen defaced just hours after her birthday
A mural honoring slain Texas soldier Vanessa Guillen was vandalized just hours after her birthday, according to a social media post from the League of United Latin American Citizens. The non-profit organization posted a video on Facebook Friday, showing a vandal defacing the mural overnight, in hopes that it will help lead to an arrest. The public memorial site was created by the community to honor and remember Specialist Guillen. We ask that we collectively take care of the mural as we honor our service members who live in that silent combat,” she added. We ask that we collectively take care of the mural as we honor our service members who live in that silent combat.”Guillen disappeared from Fort Hood on April 22.
Bexar County grand jury indicts San Antonio man for alleged social media threat against Fort Hood
SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County grand jury has indicted a 48-year-old San Antonio man in connection with making a threat on social media to carry out a shooting at Fort Hood. Mario Eloy Pena was indicted on a charge of felony terroristic threat. According to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, Pena posted on social media on July 30 that he was going to be an active shooter at Fort Hood, with the intent to influence the conduct or activities of the United States Army. San Antonio police said that Pena’s threat was in retaliation for the death of Spc. “It was stated that [Pena] made [a] threat through Facebook social media [that] he is upset and wanted to retaliate for Vanessa Guillen’s murder in Fort Hood Base.
San Antonio march will honor Vanessa Guillén on what would have been her 21st birthday
click to enlarge Instagram / licitly_brun3tt3Boerne-based military-assistance nonprofit the Pink Berets will host a march honoring slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillén on what would have been her 21st birthday.The march will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30 at the Alas de Mexico statue at Hemisfair. "It’s our moral duty to rectify problems within the very institution that defines our freedom in this country. "The march is a collaborative effort between the Pink Berets, No Mas Not In My Marine Corps and The Heal Netwerk . All are organizations that offer wellness and support programs for military members.The program will include musical performances and guest speakers from the participating organizations. Those interested in participating can do so in person, or virtually via Facebook live.sacurrent.com
Final autopsy: Fort Hood soldier’s drowning was an accident
BELTON, Texas – The July drowning of a Fort Hood soldier at lake near the U.S. Army base in Central Texas was an accident, according to a final autopsy report. Final results from the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas supported initial reports from the Bell County Sheriff's Office that Pvt. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Stillhouse Hollow Lake near Belton on July 17 just after midnight when fishermen in found a body in the water at the base of a dam. Morta is one of 28 soldiers who have died at Fort Hood this year, according to data from Fort Hood officials. Fort Hood has one of the highest rates of murder, sexual assault and harassment in the Army, Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy said in August.
Congressional delegation holds news conference after Fort Hood visit
(The livesteam has ended. Check back soon for another livestream from KSAT.com). U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) will be joining U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, and a delegation of six other representatives for a press conference after visiting Fort Hood to perform their oversight role in the wake of a number of concerning events involving the military installation, including the murder of Vanessa Guillen.
Fort Hood says shooting reports were false; soldier arrested
FORT HOOD, Texas – A soldier at Fort Hood was taken into custody for threatening his leadership, officials at the U.S. Army base post said Thursday following what they described as false reports on social media of an active shooter. “Again, no shots have been fired and an active shooter situation did not occur on Fort Hood.” said Tom Rheinlander, director of public affairs at Fort Hood. The post gave no more details about threats to leadership or the soldier taken into custody by Fort Hood law enforcement. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said in August that Fort Hood had of the highest rates of murder, assault and harassment among Army installations. Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, announced in a press conference Wednesday that a congressional delegation will visit Fort Hood this weekend.
‘I Am Vanessa Guillen’ bill calls for change to reports of sexual harassment in the military
FORT HOOD, Texas – A bill named for slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen that would change how the military responds to missing service members and make sexual harassment a crime in the military is officially being introduced in Washington, DC on Wednesday. A different set of eyes.”According to an update on the Find Vanessa Guillen Facebook page, the “I Am Vanessa Guillen” bill will be introduced Wednesday. “The bill responds to resounding calls for change by revolutionizing the military’s response to missing service members and reports of sexual harassment-assault by making sexual harassment a crime within the uniform code of military justice and moving prosecution decisions of sexual assault and sexual harassment cases out of the chain of command,” one post reads. Demand Justice For Vanessa Guillén Tomorrow, Wednesday September 16 will be the... Posted by Find Vanessa Guillen on Tuesday, September 15, 2020A gruesome affidavit previously release from the FBI details the investigation surrounding the death of specialist Guillen. A report from the El Paso Times states that Efflandt was removed from his post at Fort Hood on Sept. 1.
Congress investigates Fort Hood following soldier deaths
AUSTIN, Texas Congress will launch an investigation into sexual assault, disappearances, deaths and the leaderships response at Fort Hood after 28 soldiers stationed at the U.S. Army base in Texas died this year, two subcommittee leaders announced Tuesday. The members of Congress cited the deaths of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who according to federal officials was bludgeoned to death at the Texas base in April by a fellow soldier, and Pvt. Natalie Khawam, who represents the Guillen family, said she is thankful Congress has agreed to their demands to investigate. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
WATCH: Virtual unveiling ceremony for Vanessa Guillen mural
SAN ANTONIO Organizers have worked over the past several weeks on a mural dedicated to honor slain Texas soldier Vanessa Guillen. Guillen, the late U.S. Army Fort Hood soldier that was missing for several weeks, was found near the Leon River. The unveiling of the mural will be live on Facebook and you can watch it at this link here. Over the last few weeks, along with some amazing mujeres, weve been working on a beautiful mural dedicated to Vanesa Guillen, Que means what said in a Facebook post. The group wanted to do one thing: Honor Vanessa.
Navajo Nation calls for investigation into Fort Hood deaths
DALLAS The Navajo Nation has joined calls for an accounting of the deaths at Fort Hood after one of its members became the latest soldier from the U.S. Army post to die this year. He was the 28th soldier from Fort Hood to die this year, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The Navajo Nation Council praised Chee in a statement Friday and urged the Army to thoroughly investigate his and the other soldiers deaths. Army officials have said Chees death is being investigated and that an autopsy would be performed by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. They said he died at hospital near Fort Hood in the company of his family.
Fort Hood soldier dies after collapsing at the Texas base
AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas soldier died this week after collapsing during a training exercise at a U.S. Army base, Army officials said Friday. According to data obtained by the Associated Press from Fort Hood officials, this is the 28th soldier from the Central Texas base to die this year. According to Fort Hood officials, Pvt. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. An autopsy will be done by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, Army officials said in a statement.
Correction: Slain Soldier--Texas story
When asked during a call with journalists Tuesday whether Efflandt would still be going to Fort Bliss, Army officials said only that he would remain at Fort Hood for the remainder of the investigation into Fort Hood leadership. Army officials said in July that they have evidence she may have been harassed by others at the base but had no evidence on Robinson. The investigation will look at the response from Fort Hood leadership between the time Guillen went missing and when her body was found. Murray's investigation will be separate from the independent review of climate at Fort Hood. He was a deputy chief of staff with the U.S. Army Forces Command, not its commanding general.
Man booked in slaying of 3, including Fort Hood soldier
A suspect in the March shooting deaths of three people, including a Fort Hood soldier, was arrested Friday in Mississippi, according to police in Central Texas. Officers with the U.S .Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspected man, identified as Barnard Lnell Morrow, in Newton, Mississippi, Killeen police said in a statement. Morrow, 21, is being held at the Lauderdale County Jail and is expected to be extradited to Bell County in Texas. Freddy Delacruz Jr. A justice of the peace suggested that, if arrested, Morrow's bond be set at $2 million. Delacruz was stationed at Fort Hood, near Killeen.
The Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus wants an investigation into Fort Hood. At least nine soldiers stationed there have been found dead this year.
A sign in support of an investigation into the recent spate of deaths stemming from Fort Hood. Elder Fernandes was found Tuesday in Temple, about 30 miles from the base, roughly a week after he was reported missing. In May, Fernandes reported he had been a victim of sexual assault. The circumstances surrounding Guilln's death sparked protests across major cities in Texas, with demonstrators calling on the military to reform its investigations into sexual assault allegations. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for example, wrote a letter to McCarty this week before Fernandes' body was found saying changes were needed to "better safeguard the soldiers stationed there."
Attorney: Missing Fort Hood soldiers body found in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas The body of a missing soldier is believed to have been found about 30 miles from Fort Hood, the Army base in Texas where he was stationed, police said Tuesday. Identification found with the body in Temple, Texas, indicates the man may be missing Fort Hood soldier Sgt. Fernandes is the third soldier from Fort Hood to go missing in the past year, and two have been found dead this summer. Fort Hood officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. He ordered an independent probe of Fort Hood in July, after authorities said Guillen was slain.
Family: Soldier believed dead was happy until recently
Elder Fernandes, 23, was found late Tuesday in Temple, according to local police. Natalie Khawam, who is representing the Fernandes family, said Army police told family members about the discovery late Tuesday night. Fort Hood officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. U.S. Army officials confirmed in a statement that Elder Fernandes reported an incident of abusive sexual contact and that investigation is ongoing. According to Isabel Fernandes, the family was told by Army officials that a different superior signed her nephew's hospital release.
Fort Hood soldier killed assisting at accident site ID’d
KILLEEN, Texas – The Army has released the identity of a Fort Hood soldier killed while directing traffic at a vehicle accident scene. Cole Jakob Aton, 22, of Science Hill, Kentucky, had been a Patriot missile operator with the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade since August 2018, according to a Fort Hood statement issued Tuesday. Aton had stopped the night of Aug. 12 at a minor traffic accident scene on Interstate 14 in Killeen, near Fort Hood, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Col. Ethan Hall, commander of the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, offered Aton's family his condolences and paid tribute to the soldier. “His selfless service and care for others are in keeping with the highest traditions of the ‘Lightning Brigade’ and our Army,” he said in a statement.
Texas National Guard soldier dies in training at Fort Hood
FORT HOOD, Texas A Texas Army National Guard soldier has died during a training exercise at Fort Hood, according to the Texas Military Department. Bradley Moore, 36, of Mansfield died Thursday during land navigation training according to a news release on the department's website. The military is a family, and the entire Texas National Guard mourns with Sgt. Moores loved ones left behind.At least four Fort Hood Army soldiers have been found dead near the base since June, including Spc. Investigators have said Guillen was killed by a fellow soldier and foul play is suspected in Morales' death.
Mourners gather in Houston to remember slain soldier
Mourners gathered at Cesar Chavez High School in Houston, where Guillen grew up playing soccer and dreaming of joining the military. Standing in front of the casket, Guillen's grandmother shared a story about the chocolates she carried in her purse. Guests included U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and friends of the Guillen family. Guillen's remains will be laid to rest after a private ceremony Saturday. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy ordered an independent review of the command climate at Fort Hood following Guillen's slaying.
Soldier with Texas Army National Guard dies while conducting training, officials say
AUSTIN A soldier with the Texas Army National Guard died Thursday while conducting land navigation training at Fort Hood, according to the Texas Military Department. Bradley Moore, 36, of Mansfield, was a noncommissioned officer with the Texas Army National Guard, according to the departments release. The military is a family, and the entire Texas National Guard mourns with Sgt. The incident remains under investigation, according to the release. RELATED: Soldier found dead at Fort Sam Houston identified; death under investigation, officials say
On this day: November 5
2009: Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old U.S. Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, kills 13 and wounds 29 at Fort Hood, located just outside Killeen, Texas, in the deadliest mass shooting at a United States military installation. Hasan was shot and taken into custody by responding officers and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He was eventually convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder and sentenced to death. Hasan remains imprisoned at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas awaiting execution while his case is reviewed by appellate courts. Hide Caption
Fort Hood soldier who died in Texas flooding identified by family
CBS News has confirmed the name of one of the nine soldiers who died in what the Army is calling a tragic accident during a routine training exercise. Eddy Rae'Laurin Gates and eight other soldiers were killed in Texas floodwaters. Flash flooding reportedly washed away their two-and-a-half ton military vehicle. David Begnaud is learning more about the soldiers.cbsnews.com
Fort Hood's "hug lady" loses battle with breast cancer
Troops in Fort Hood, Texas, are mourning the loss of Elizabeth Laird. She made it her mission to embrace soldiers before they were sent to war or when they came home to the U.S. Jim Axelrod has a report on the life and legacy of the woman who gave more than 500,000 hugs to soldiers at the Texas military base.cbsnews.com
12/26: A wave of devastating weather slams the South; Fort Hood's "hug lady" loses battle with breast cancer
Violent weather is being blamed for the deaths of at least 17 people across the South this week, as tornadoes and flood-causing rains have wreaked havoc in several states; troops in Fort Hood, Texas, are mourning the loss of Elizabeth Lairdcbsnews.com
President and first lady honor the fallen at Fort Hood
President and first lady honor the fallen at Fort Hood President Obama spoke at Fort Hood, Texas at a ceremony honoring three sergeants shot to death by a fellow soldier. The President met with victim's relatives and promised to do more for veterans with mental illness. Norah O'Donnell reports.cbsnews.com
Open: This is Face the Nation, April 6, 14
Open: This is Face the Nation, April 6, 14 The latest on the Fort Hood shooting, the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Obamacare, and a discussion on climate change with White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and more.cbsnews.com
April 6: Pfeiffer, McCaul, Friedman, Cullen
April 6: Pfeiffer, McCaul, Friedman, Cullen The latest on the Fort Hood shooting, the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Obamacare, and a discussion on climate change with White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and more.cbsnews.com
Fort Hood shooting: Army downplays mental illness as cause of attack
Fort Hood shooting: Army downplays mental illness as cause of attack Ivan Lopez, who opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, complained to military doctors that he suffered a traumatic brain injury, but investigators said they had yet to find evidence that backs up the claim. The three men killed in the attack were described as dedicated soldiers. Anna Werner reports.cbsnews.com
4/4: Army downplays mental illness as cause of attack; Hospital greeter finds purpose after cancer diagnosis
4/4: Army downplays mental illness as cause of attack; Hospital greeter finds purpose after cancer diagnosis Ivan Lopez, who opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, complained to military doctors that he suffered a traumatic brain injury, but investigators said they had yet to find evidence that backs up the claim; and, Steve Hartman meets Jon McAlpin, who works as a front-door greeter at an Omaha cancer center.cbsnews.com
Investigating motive of Fort Hood shooter
Investigating motive of Fort Hood shooter CBS News homeland security correspondent Bob Orr has been looking into the background of the shooter. Orr discusses what he has learned about the shooter's motive and if the attack was premeditated with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.cbsnews.com
Does the Fort Hood shooter have a history of mental health issues?
Does the Fort Hood shooter have a history of mental health issues? Investigators are focusing of the mental health of Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez. Lopez self reported a traumatic brain injury, and in recent months sought treatment for depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. CBS News' Anna Werner reports.cbsnews.com
W.H.: Proposals to curb gun violence "remain possible"
: Proposals to curb gun violence "remain possible" Without linking the Fort Hood shooting with gun control proposals, White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Obama would still like to see a bill expanding background checks for gun buyers.cbsnews.com