Due to problems at Fort Hood, 14 military personnel were dismissed and suspended

Due to problems at Fort Hood, 14 military personnel were dismissed and suspended

This was announced by U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.

U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced the dismissal and suspension of 14 commanders and lower-level executives as a result of investigations into sexual harassment, suicides and killings at Fort Hood military base in Killin, Texas.

The investigation followed the assassination of specialist Vanessa Gillen in Fort Hood earlier this year.

McCarthy also published the results of an independent audit he commissioned in July to assess problems in Fort Hood, focusing on reports of discrimination, harassment and assault.

“I found that the problems in Fort Hood are directly related to ineffective leadership,” McCarthy said.

“I am deeply disappointed that leaders have failed to create an environment in which all soldiers are treated with dignity and respect that reinforces the commitment to respond appropriately to and prevent allegations of sexual harassment and abuse,” he added.