The household of murdered US Military Specialist Vanessa Guillen is demanding army officers launch the title of a supervisor who sexually harassed her earlier than she was killed by one other soldier final yr.
An Military report launched on Friday mentioned that the sexual harassment by the superior was unrelated to Guillen’s homicide and that the suspected killer, Specialist Aaron Robinson, 20, had additionally been accused of harassing one other feminine service member.
Friday’s report didn’t title the person accused of harassing Guillen, who is claimed to have requested her for a threesome, over ‘privateness issues’ due to his low rank.
He was one in all 21 individuals hit with disciplinary motion over his conduct, however Military officers didn’t remark additional on particulars of that punishment.
And whereas Guillen’s household is relieved to have some justice, they nonetheless do not perceive why the Military has refused to launch the supervisor’s title.
Guillen’s sister Mayra Guillén instructed ABC Information: ‘The Military retains making an attempt to guard this title and I wish to perceive why. Why not simply attempt to take a step ahead, admit that you just had been improper, repair it and make your self look higher so, the nation might belief you once more.’
US Military Specialist Vanessa Guillen’s sister Mayra Guillén (left) is demanding the Military launch the title of the soldier who sexually harassed her sister. ‘The Military retains making an attempt to guard this title and I wish to perceive why,’ Mayra mentioned
Mayra additionally tweeted about how the Fort Hood base did their very own investigation and tried to allege that Guillen wasn’t sexually harassed
Mayra additionally mentioned that her household hopes to push the US authorities to deal with sexual harassment within the army.
‘We’re nonetheless trying to work very exhausting on this so we will put an finish to it and never have what occurred to Vanessa occur to anybody else ever once more,’ she mentioned.
Investigators imagine Robinson bludgeoned Guillen to loss of life with a hammer, eliminated her physique from an armory at Fort Hood, after which dismembered her and buried her stays on April 22, 2020.
Guillen’s stays had been discovered close to the Leon River in Bell County, Texas on June 30.
In accordance with the Military report launched on Friday, Robinson was detained shortly after Guillen’s stays had been discovered, however he was allowed to flee. Just a few hours later, he fatally shot himself as police had been about to take him into custody.
Robinson’s former girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, has been charged with serving to Robinson conceal Guillen’s physique and impeding the investigation.
The Military report particulars the ultimate hours of Robinson’s life.
At round 5pm on June 30, simply hours after employees discovered Guillen’s stays in a shallow grave, a member of the Military Legal Investigation Command known as Robinson’s unit and instructed them to place the specialist beneath strict statement.
Guillen, 20, (left) disappeared from the Texas, base in April 2020 and her dismembered and buried stays had been discovered on June 30 close to the Leon River. Officers mentioned fellow soldier Aaron Robinson, 20, (proper) was the principle suspect in her killing
Robinson was instructed he was being detained for violating COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. He was then positioned inside a convention room the place an unarmed soldier was guarding the door.
Whereas Robinson was upset he was being detained, he nonetheless appeared relaxed. He spent his time in detention taking part in video video games, based on the report. Robinson was additionally allowed to maintain his cellphone, which was being monitored by his superiors.
Just a few hours later, commanders acquired wind of recent data suggesting that Robinson would attempt to escape, based on the report.
In a textual content chain, one officer mentioned that if he tried to flee, the guards needed to ‘deal with his a** and name the MPs [military police]’.
However the soldier guarding Robinson didn’t get the message, based on the Military report.
Simply after 10pm, Robinson acquired a phone name that gave the impression to be from his mom.
Military Maj Gen Scott Efflandt, who was left accountable for the bottom when Guillen was killed, was fired following the overview
Suspended: Maj Gen Jeffrey Broadwater (left) and Command Sgt Maj Thomas C. Kenny (proper), each of the first Cavalry Division, had been suspended following the overview
Fired: Col. Ralph Overland (left), the third Cavalry Regiment commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Knapp (proper), each of whom had been accountable for Guillen’s unit, had been fired
The bottom commander, Military Lt Gen Pat White (above), won’t face any administrative motion as a result of he was deployed to Iraq for a lot of the yr
‘Don’t imagine what you hear about me,’ a guard heard Robinson say.
A number of minutes later, Robinson escaped. Just a few hours later, he was noticed by Military and civilian police within the metropolis of Killeen, simply exterior of Fort Hood.
As officers had been closing in to make an arrest, Robinson pulled out a gun and shot himself lifeless.
Main Normal Gene LeBoeuf mentioned that Robinson’s escape remains to be the topic of an ongoing investigation.
The report blamed a communication breakdown between the soldier’s unit and the felony investigation brokers which allowed him to flee.
Guillen’s killing shocked the army and compelled the excessive command to re-examine the extent to which a tradition of sexual harassment had taken root all through the armed forces.
14 Fort Hood officers suspended and fired
The names of the battalion stage and beneath commanders and leaders who acquired administrative motion weren’t launched.
FIRED: Maj Gen Scott L. Efflandt, deputy commanding common III Corps, who was accountable for the bottom on the time of Guillen’s loss of life
FIRED: Col Ralph Overland, the third Cavalry Regiment commander, who was accountable for Guillen’s unit
FIRED: Command Sgt Maj Bradley Knapp, the third Cavalry Regiment command sergeant main, who was accountable for Guillen’s unit
SUSPENDED: Maj Gen Jeffrey Broadwater, 1st Cavalry Division commanding common, pending the result of a brand new Military Regulation (AR) 15-6 investigation of 1st Cavalry Division’s command local weather and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program
SUSPENDED: Command Sgt Maj Thomas C. Kenny, 1st Cavalry Division command sergeant main, pending the result of a brand new Military Regulation (AR) 15-6 investigation of 1st Cavalry Division’s command local weather and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program
The newest findings had been introduced as a part of an investigation into Guillen’s killing and the actions of officers instantly afterward.
Final yr, a separate, civilian-run probe was launched analyzing the general tradition at Fort Hood.
Because of the investigation, the Military fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted troopers at Fort Hood and ordered coverage modifications to deal with power failures of management that contributed to a widespread sample of violence.
In a sweeping condemnation of Fort Hood’s command hierarchy, Military Secretary Ryan McCarthy fired three prime commanders and suspended two others pending an extra investigation.
He additionally ordered a separate probe into staffing and procedures on the base’s Legal Investigation Command unit, which is answerable for investigating crimes on Fort Hood.
Military Maj Gen Scott Efflandt, who was left accountable for the bottom earlier this yr when Guillen was killed, was fired from his submit.
Military leaders had already delayed Efflandt’s deliberate switch to Fort Bliss, the place he was purported to take over management of the first Armored Division, as a result of investigations into the bottom.
The bottom commander, Military Lt Gen Pat White, won’t face any administrative motion as a result of he was deployed to Iraq because the commander there for a lot of the yr.
The management of Guillen’s unit, Col Ralph Overland and Command Sgt Maj Bradley Knapp of the third Cavalry Regiment had been additionally fired.
Maj Gen Jeffrey Broadwater and Command Sgt Maj Thomas C. Kenny, 1st Cavalry Division commanding common and command sergeant main, had been each suspended.
Their suspension is pending the result of a brand new Military Regulation (AR) 15-6 investigation of 1st Cavalry Division’s command local weather and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.
The names of the battalion stage and beneath commanders and leaders who acquired administrative motion weren’t launched.
McCarthy mentioned the panel revealed 9 primary findings and 70 suggestions that the Military is accepting to right the command tradition on the base.
The panel mentioned they made an effort to speak to ladies in each division on the base, particularly these in Guillen’s unit.
The panel performed 647 particular person interviews on the bottom.
‘Of the 503 ladies we interviewed [in the investigation], we found 93 credible accounts of sexual assault. Of these solely 59 had been reported,’ Queta Rodriguez, a member of the impartial overview panel, mentioned.
‘And we additionally discovered 217 unreported accounts of sexual harassment. Of these solely half had been reported. What we found was over the course of these interviews, the insecurity within the system effected the studies of these incidents,’ she added.
The impartial overview discovered that the Military’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP) did not curb sexual assault and harassment on bases on account of structural failures.
Panelists mentioned there was a lack of coaching, resourcing and staffing on the SHARP workplace on Fort Hood.
It additionally discovered that the command local weather did not observe this system’s core values beneath the brigade stage, which led to much less belief in this system.
The actions come after a yr that noticed at the very least 31 troopers assigned to Fort Hood die on account of suicide, murder or accidents, together with the bludgeoning loss of life of Guillen.
The Military on Friday introduced that it had taken disciplinary motion towards 21 troopers and officers who did not act. These troopers haven’t been recognized.
‘It was devastating to all of us,’ Main Normal LeBoeuf instructed The New York Occasions.
‘We as an Military failed to guard Vanessa Guillen.’
Of the 31 deaths on the base final yr, whereas some had been deemed accidents, 5 had been homicides and 10 had been suicides.
One of the crucial current of tragedies to strike the bottom embody the loss of life of Sgt Elder Fernandes, 23, who was discovered lifeless hanging from a tree on August 19.
Additionally in August Pvt Corlton L. Chee, 25, collapsed throughout health coaching on the base and died two days later and in November Spc Cory Grafton, 20, was arrested after DNA testing linked him to the homicide of a girl discovered lifeless in a lodge close to the bottom final yr.
Fort Hood’s grim loss of life toll: 31 troopers have died in 2020 alone
Vanessa Guillen’s high-profile loss of life captured the eye of the nation and led to a reckoning inside the Military in its dealing with of sexual harassment and assault.
Solely after her loss of life did the staggering variety of deaths, disappearances, and points on the Killeen, Texas base come to mild.
In whole, 31 troopers have died.
February 1, 2020: PVT Eric Christopher Hogan and PFC Anthony Nevelle Peak Jr. die in a automotive crash
March 1, 2020: SPC Shelby Tyler Jones is shot lifeless at a comfort retailer in Killeen
March 5, 2020: Spc. Christopher Wayne Sawyer discovered lifeless at his residence. Foul play isn’t suspected.
Fort Hood soldier, Pfc. Gregory Morales was reported lacking from the bottom a yr in the past in August 2019. The 24-year-old’s stays had been present in June in a discipline in Killeen through the seek for Guillen’s stays
March 14, 2020: SPC Freddy Beningo Delacruz Jr. is killed in a triple homicide
March 23, 2020: Fort Hood soldier Spc. Jovino Jamel Roy, 22, was charged with homicide after allegedly taking pictures former Fort Hood soldier Michael Steven Wardrobe, 22
April 22, 2020: Vanessa Guillen goes lacking and is final seen within the car parking zone of the bottom. She disappeared after telling her household she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant on the bottom.
Could 18, 2020: Physique of Military Pfc. Brandon S. Rosecrans, 27, was found with gunshot wounds and his Jeep was discovered three miles away engulfed in flames.
June 19, 2020: Search groups uncover the corpse of lacking soldier Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales following a tip to Military base investigators. Stays had been present in a discipline in Killeen, simply over 10 miles from Stillhouse Hole Lake, 5 miles from Fort Hood.
July 1, 2020: First components of Giullen’s stays discovered about 20 miles east of Fort Hood.
Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, kills himself. Officers say he killed and dismembered Guillén and had the stays disposed of.
July 2, 2020: Military Specialist Miguel Yazzie, 33, died on July 2; Yazzie, of Window Rock, Arizona, was hospitalized for a medical situation the day earlier than he died.
Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, (left) of Florida was discovered unresponsive on July 17 close to Stillhouse Hole Lake. The physique of Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, 24, (proper) was discovered August 2 after he died in a boating accident on the identical lake over the weekend
July 17, 2020: Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, of Pensacola, Florida was discovered lifeless July 17 within the neighborhood of Stillhouse Hole Lake, round 15 miles from the Fort Hood base.
August 2, 2020: The physique of Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, 24, is recovered from Stillhouse Hole Lake following boating incident not removed from the place Morta was discovered.
August 12, 2020: Spc. Cole Jakob Aton, 22, of Kentucky died after he was hit by a automotive as he was helping a minor accident scene
August 13, 2020: Nationwide Guard soldier, Sgt Bradley Moore dies throughout a coaching train on the base
Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, was discovered lifeless hanging from a tree on August 19. He had allegedly been hazed and ‘humiliated’ by friends after he reported he was sexually assaulted by a male superior, his household’s lawyer mentioned
August 19, 2020: Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, is reported lacking after he was final seen on August 17.
August 25, 2020: The physique of Fernandes is believed to have been discovered about 30 miles from Fort Hood
August 28, 2020: Pvt. Corlton L. Chee, 25, collapsed throughout health coaching at Fort Hood on August 28. He died two days later.
November 3, 2020: Spc. Cory Grafton, 20, was arrested after a witness account and superior DNA testing allegedly linked him to the homicide of Chelsea Cheatham, 32, who was discovered lifeless in a Days Inn lodge, six minutes away from the Texas base, in June 2019