WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, US military leaders dismissed or removed 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, and ordered policy reforms to resolve chronic base leadership deficiencies that have led to a pervasive culture of abuse, including homicide, sexual misconduct and harassment.
As top Army officials revealed the results of an independent commission inquiry into issues at the Texas facility, two generals were among those being suspended from their positions.
The acts, came in the wake of a year that saw 25 soldiers posted to Fort Hood dying due to suicide, murder or injuries, including the bludgeoning death of Vanessa Guillen. Before her remains were discovered, Guillen had been missing for about two months.
Army Maj Gen Scott Efflandt, who was left in charge of the base earlier this year when Guillen was killed, as well as Maj Gen Jeffery Broadwater are included in the firings and suspensions.