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More than a dozen Army leaders will face termination or punishment over widespread leadership failures at the scandal-plagued Fort Hood base following an independent probe, reports said Tuesday.
The disciplinary action will impact at least 14 leaders after an independent civilian review board found top brass didn’t properly investigate crimes or do enough to prevent sex crimes, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters, according to the Washington Post.
The failures created an environment that allowed sexual assault and harassment and ultimately made troops unsafe, the official said.
The Texas base, the second-largest installation nationwide, has been plagued with issues throughout 2020, including 31 deaths and a number of disappearances that are “directly related to leadership failures,” McCarthy said.
Most notably, Spc. Vanessa Guillen was found buried in a shallow grave after getting bludgeoned to death by a fellow soldier earlier this year.
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