Army Finds ‘Major Flaws’ at Fort Hood; 14 Officials Disciplined


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"More than a dozen Army officials have been fired or suspended as part of a sweeping investigation into the climate and culture at Fort Hood, a sprawling military base in Texas that has been rocked by a series of violent deaths, suicides and complaints of sexual harassment.

The investigation released on Tuesday found 'major flaws' at Fort Hood and a command climate 'that was permissive of sexual harassment and sexual assault,' said Ryan D. McCarthy, the secretary of the Army."

"Fort Hood, the nation’s third-largest Army base in terms of population, has been at the center of the conversation amid a rash of homicides, suicides and violent crime this year. The investigation came in response to the slaying of Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Army specialist, who disappeared on the base in Killeen, Texas, after telling friends that she had been sexually harassed; the authorities say she was killed by a fellow soldier who burned and dismembered her body.

The findings of the investigation were seen as a significant step by military observers, lawmakers, advocates for Latinos and representatives for Specialist Guillen, who welcomed the changes as an initial but necessary move toward justice.

“They told the truth and they let the heads roll,” said Natalie Khawam, a lawyer for Specialist Guillen’s family who credited the Army for taking on systematic change. 'I’m getting phone calls from colonels and everyone you can think of, contacting me and telling me, ‘I have never seen anything like this in my 30 years in the military.’”

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