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Ft Hood Report

tomahawk6

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I cant help thinking something more sinister at work than command climate. The recent deaths at Ft bragg are similar to my untrained eye. This aint the final chapter IMO.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/army-to-release-report-tuesday-on-fort-hood-command-climate-following-a-series-of-deaths-this-year-1.654497
 

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tomahawk6 said:
I cant help thinking something more sinister at work than command climate. The recent deaths at Ft bragg are similar to my untrained eye. This aint the final chapter IMO.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/army-to-release-report-tuesday-on-fort-hood-command-climate-following-a-series-of-deaths-this-year-1.654497

Real crime podcasts are following this too. Its more than the command climate IMO. Something more nefarious.
 

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The Sec Army has fired 14 leaders at Hood including a MG.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/army-fires-several-fort-hood-leaders-including-a-two-star-following-probe-triggered-by-several-deaths-at-the-base-1.654609
 

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CID were short handed and inexperienced.

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/12/09/fort-hood-report-highlights-army-cids-failings-there-and-possibly-elsewhere/

An independent committee of five civilians found that the more than 40 Army CID agents charged with investigating felony crimes and violations of military law at Fort Hood were largely inexperienced, underresourced and understaffed.

The Fort Hood CID detachment was “basically being used as a training ground,” said Chris Swecker, a former FBI inspector who served on the committee. “They had a difficult time, and it’s not their fault.”

“That would be like staffing the New York field office of the FBI with new agents right out of Quantico,” Swecker said Wednesday at a congressional hearing. “This is one of the busiest military installations in the country, maybe around the globe, and yet there were very few experienced agents.”

Much of the report focused on the handling of sex crimes, given allegations brought forth by Guillen’s family that she experienced sexual harassment prior to her murder. But the committee found that Fort Hood CID was well short of the number of investigators necessary to handle the workload there.

The post’s CID detachment opened roughly 350 sex crime cases annually between fiscal years 2018 and 2020 and could justify an allocation of nine or 10 sexual assault investigators. Yet, the detachment only had three on staff at the time of the report.

Other issues included an incredibly high rate of drug use among Fort Hood soldiers that wasn’t properly dealt with and poor interviewing skills among agents, all of which are being looked at by the larger CID enterprise.

“We are carefully reviewing all of the information in the Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee,” said Chris Grey, a spokesman for Army CID, in a statement to Army Times. “We recognize the importance of this review and are thankful for the hard work of the committee.”
 

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Interesting actually.

There's a CID Battalion headquartered at Fort Hood, the 11th (part of the West Coast's 6th MP Group (CID)). The 11th has three detachments in Texas: The Fort Hood CID Office; the Fort Bliss CID Office; and the Joint Base St Antonio CID Office. The 11th also commands the Fort Huachuca CID Office in Arizona and the 167th Military Police Detachment (CID) at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.  It's not as if there weren't resources around to supervise/mentor or supplement the Fort Hood CID Office.

There seems to be a new investigation into the functioning of CID at Fort Hood.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/12/09/fort-hoods-inexperienced-overburdened-cid-faces-new-scrutiny-army-investigation.html/amp

As an aside: CID detachments are commanded by Warrant Officers (usually a WO2 or WO3) and the investigations are supervised at the battalion level by a WO4 Ops Officer. The battalion will also have Lt Col commanding officer who would generally provide overall command and leadership and who is an MP but would not be a trained criminal investigator. All US Army special agents are either WOs, enlisted of the rank of sergeant or above or civilians.

 
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