The US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy announced the expulsion and arrest of many officers and soldiers of the “Fort Hood” military base in Texas, in a disciplinary measure after cases of sexual harassment, violence, suicide and murder witnessed by the base.
The Associated Press described this campaign as a “dramatic cleansing” to correct a culture of military leadership that failed to address leaders’ failures and the pattern of violence that included murders and sexual assaults.
McCarthy said that 14 commanders in “Fort Hood” have been removed from their posts or suspended from their duties, and the military will not release the names of commanders who have received administrative procedures “as a matter of politics and protecting individual privacy.”
“I have identified that the problems at Fort Hood are directly linked to failure of leadership,” McCarthy told reporters at the Pentagon. “I am disappointed that the commanders have failed effectively to create an atmosphere that treats all soldiers with dignity and respect and have failed to reinforce each individual’s commitment and to respond properly to allegations.” Sexual harassment and assault
This comes after the body of a soldier, Vanessa Gillin, 20, was found beaten to death by Pvt. Aaron Robinson, who committed suicide on July 1 while the police were trying to arrest him.
Vanessa had been missing for more than two months before her remains were found and her family said Robinson had sexually molested her, although the military said there was no evidence to support this claim.