October 01, 2020
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) made the following statement after visiting Fort Hood on Monday. During their visit, they met with Fort Hood leadership, held a listening session with female Soldiers, spoke with military law enforcement, observed a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) briefing and walked through the barracks.
“We had a productive day at Fort Hood, where it is clear that the new leadership is making positive changes to improve the command culture and climate on base. We saw clearly how a breakdown of cohesion among too many units resulted in the problems we’ve seen recently.
“The tragic murder of Vanessa Guillen has made sure the Army and Senate Armed Services Committee are focused on Fort Hood. We’re going to make sure the issues are fixed and won’t let up until we get to the bottom of it. We saw firsthand the outpouring of love and respect Spc. Guillen’s colleagues and community had for her and we owe it to her, her family, and every soldier to ensure justice is served.
“While serious changes need to be made, we were both encouraged by the accountability and commitment to change we saw from Gen. Richardson who took command just five weeks ago. He promised us we’d see a new command climate at Fort Hood in 90 days. We look forward to visiting again then.”