Fort Hood commander, Major General Scott Efflandt, is removed from his position following at least 15 soldiers’ deaths.
Major Gen. Scott Efflandt was set to take over the 1st Armored Division soon. But now, the Army will announce who’ll take over the division in the coming days.
The decision comes following a string of tragedies and deaths that have plagued the Texas Army base.
Fifteen soldiers connected to Fort Hood have died this year alone, with foul play suspected in five deaths.
After removing Efflandt, the commanding general of US Army Forces Command, Gen. Michael Garrett, has directed Maj. Gen. John Richardson IV to assume command at Fort Hood.
Efflandt will serve as deputy commanding general for support until The Army appoints a new commander.
New Army Investigation into Guillen case
The Army also announced that a new ‘in-depth investigation’ into the Guillen case’s chain-of-command actions was underway. Gen. Michael Garrett added Gen. John Murray would lead the investigation.
In a recent statement, the military said:
“There are several investigations underway at Fort Hood, which [are reviewing] a wide range of topics and concerns.”
“Murray will roll those efforts into a more complete and comprehensive investigation that’ll delve into all activities and levels of leadership.”
Series of Disappearances and Deaths at Fort Hood
On April 22, Vanessa Guillen went missing and was last seen in the base’s parking lot. She later disappeared after telling her family she was sexually harassed by a sergeant on the base.
And on May 18, the body of Army Pfc. Brandon S. Rosecrans, 27, was discovered with gunshot wounds. Detectives later found his Jeep engulfed in flames three miles away.
A month later, on June 19, search teams discovered the corpse of missing soldier Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales. The team found Gregory’s remains in a field in Killeen, just over 10 miles from Stillhouse Hollow Lake, five miles from Fort Hood.
On July 1, investigators found the first parts of Guillen’s remains about 20 miles east of Fort Hood. The same day, Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, killed himself. And officials claimed Spc. Aaron killed, dismembered, and disposed of Guillén remains.
Other soldiers to have died this year include Pvt. Mejhor Morta; Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas; Spc. Freddy Delacruz Jr; Spc. Christopher Wayne Sawyer and Spc. Shelby Tyler Jones.
The two most recent deaths include Sgt. Bradley Moore, 36, died at the base during a training exercise on August 13.
And on August 26, investigators discovered the body of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, after he went missing on August 17.