“The Army is committed to caring for our soldiers, civilians, families and soldiers for a lifetime, and this independent review will examine the current leadership environment and culture in Fort Hood,” said Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy in a statement.
On the same day, a report was issued that Guillen’s mother, Gloria, and other relatives were tearing President Donald Trump for justice during a meeting at the Oval Office.
The independent review seeks to determine whether that climate and culture “reflects the army̵7;s values, including security, respect, inclusion and commitment to diversity, as well as workplaces and communities free from sexual harassment.”
The College, with the help of the brigadier general and staff, will examine “historical data and interview military, civilian and local community members.”
The members of the group are Chris Swecker, Charlotte, North Carolina, an attorney and former assistant director of the FBI; Jonathan Harmon, a forensic lawyer who has represented Fortune 500 companies nationwide; Carrie Ricci, Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Queta Rodriguez, of Bexar County, Texas, is a resident and regional director of FourBlock, a nonprofit that helps veterans transition to civilian careers; and Jack White, an attorney with experience in government research and discrimination lawsuits.
“I am committed to providing a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the climate in Fort Hood’s teams and to following the facts wherever they lead,” Swecker said in a statement to lead the commission.
Khawam said the small arms repairman had been hammered with a hammer in the weapons room where she was working and her body was being transported from the facility by a killer, Khawam said, quoting details the family had learned from army investigators.
Spc. Twenty-year-old soldier Aaron Robinson, suspected of Guillen’s disappearance, killed himself after police encountered him earlier this month in Kieleen, Texas.
Tearful Gloria Guillen asked the President to help the family investigate her daughter’s death and support a bill that would replace reports of sexual harassment and assault in the military.
“The FBI and the DOJ are involved now,” Trump told Guillen’s parents and two sisters in the Oval office.
“We got them involved. And the people at Fort Hude where he was going are very involved. We didn’t want him to broom under the rug, which could happen.”
Numerous Fort Hood reviews or studies are currently underway.
The death is being investigated by the army’s criminal investigation leadership and civilian law enforcement.
Fort Hood is conducting an investigation into whether Guillen was sexually harassed. Guillen’s family and their attorney said she was sexually harassed at the post.
And the Army Inspector General is investigating whether the climate, supported by Fort Hood commanders, supports reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The findings and recommendations of the Civilian Commission will be presented to Army Secretary James McPherson and Army Deputy Chief General Joseph M. Martin, who will announce with the Army that he will preside over change.
“I want justice for Vanessa and all the other litas who died there,” Gloria Guillen told the President on Thursday.
“We’ll get into a lot of that and maybe all of that,” Trump told the family.
Officials said 23 of the 36,500 soldiers in the post, about 60 miles from Austin, Texas, died this year 23.
Fort Hood officials say there are seven crashes among the dead; seven suicides; one fight-related death; four murders, one of which was at the base; two natural causes; not determined before necropsy; and one drowned.
CNN representatives Dakin Andone and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.