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    On Tuesday, the United States Army revealed it had either relieved or suspended at least 14 officers stationed at Fort Hood, including five top commanders, after an investigative panel declared they had fostered an environment that contributed to rampant violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment on base.

    The findings come during a year in which at least 25 soldiers assigned to Fort Hood died from suicide, accidents, or homicides. Most prominent among these was the sexual harassment and murder of Private First Class Vanessa Guillen.

    In the months before she vanished in April, the 20-year-old small arms repairer with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment told relatives she was being harassed by another soldier at Fort Hood.

    Guillen's bludgeoned body wasn't recovered until June 30, and her alleged killer died by suicide as authorities were closing in to arrest him.

    Earlier that month, authorities discovered the remains of another missing soldier, Gregory Morales.

    Tuesday's announcement was delivered by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy in a video message. Today, a subcommittee of the House of Representatives armed services committee will hear testimony from the panel of investigators that examined the deaths at Fort Hood and the abusive culture that had fomented there.

    Additionally, McCarthy said Tuesday there would be another investigation into staffing and procedures at the base's Criminal Investigation Command unit.

    McCarthy expressed disappointment in the top brass at Fort Hood, and vowed to hold them accountable for their failures.

    Lastly, McCarthy announced a new Army policy that provides guidelines for how commanders should deal with missing soldiers. It requires base leaders to list service members as "absent-unknown" for up to 48 hours before doing everything possible to track down that soldier.

    Among those fired were Army Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, as well as Col. Ralph Overland and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Knapp. The suspended officers included Maj. Gen. Jeffery Broadwater and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Kenny.

    PEOPLE was unable to reach any of them for comment.

    Guillen's case may have produced the most media coverage, but other stories connected to the base also made national headlines.

    In March, Specialist Freddy Delacruz, 23, Asia Cline, 22, and Army vet Shaquan Markell Allred, 23, were found killed. An arrest wouldn't be made until August.

    Also over the summer, the body of Sgt. Elder Fernandes was also found hanging from a tree not far from base.
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    I spent part of yesterday reading about the Guillen case. It looks like she had been harassed by the guy who eventually murdered her. I think she had complained about him before but nothing happened.

    She went to meet with him regarding the repairs of some small arms (both their jobs), and then he beat her to death. He dragged her body off the installation in a giant case with wheels, and other people had seen him moving it, but didn't report it until much later. He then got a woman he was having an affair with (wife of another serviceman) to help him cut up and bury her body in some woods. Then, they actually went back later and moved the pieces again and encased them in pieces of concrete. Which not only didn't work, but also alerted authorities to where the body might be because of cell phone tracking. His girlfriend must have cut some kind of deal and recorded conversations with him that convinced authorities that he was the murderer. As they were about to arrest him in Killeen, he killed himself.

    I was wondering how all these other officer got caught up in this and disciplined, but I didn't know the extent of how out of control things were at this base. This turns out to be a good time to rename this base after someone other than a Confederate "general".

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    the name of the base sounds like the least of the problems there.

    i caught a snipped of this on the pbs newshour. horrifying.

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