14 Fort Hood leaders disciplined as probe finds ‘permissive environment for sexual assault’ at the Army base

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday that 14 leaders at Fort Hood have been suspended or relieved from their positions.

The report comes after the disappearance and killing of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén earlier this year.

The disciplined leaders include Maj. Gen. Scott L. Efflandt, who was the acting Fort Hood commander at the time of Guillén’s death. Efflandt, Col. Ralph Overland and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Knapp, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander and command sergeant major, were all relieved from their positions.

Fort Hood has some of the highest rates of murder, sexual assault and harassment in the Army, according to McCarthyA report from the Defense Department in 2018 found that sexual assault in the military had increased over the previous two years.

NBC 14 Fort Hood leaders disciplined as probe finds ‘permissive environment for sexual assault’ at the Army base