Watch LIVE: Fort Hood Independent Review Committee testifies at U.S. House hearing
WASHINGTON D.C., DC — The five members of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee were testifying Wednesday in front of a U.S. House subcommittee.
The testimony comes after the Army a day prior announced that 14 senior leaders and enlisted personnel at Fort Hood were either fired or suspended following the independent panel’s review of the command climate and culture at the base.
The review committee was launched in the wake of the disappearance and killing of Spc. Vanessa Guillen.
Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, who was the top military commander at the post when Guillen was killed, at the time of Guillen’s disappearance and murder was among those relieved of duty.
The House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, chaired by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California), was hearing Wednesday’s testimony from the review committee.
Speier is also the primary sponsor of the ‘I Am Vanessa Guillen’ bill which would allow soldiers to report sexual assault or harassment outside of their chain of command.
“This report is a damning indictment of Fort Hood and it’s leadership,” Speier said in her opening remarks at the hearing.
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