The household of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, the youthful soldier whose remains put together two several weeks after she disappeared in the Fort Hood military base in Texas in April 2020, is reporting in in regards to a report released a week ago that led to disciplinary action against 21 officials and non-commissioned officials.
Guillén’s unit didn’t take appropriate action after she walked toward report two occurrences of harassment, the report states. As many as eight senior commanders have finally been fired because of the following probe, which documented a number of issues plaguing the bottom, including high rates of sexual assault, harassment and drug abuse. The report also blamed the military for allowing Guillén’s suspected killer, Army Spc. Aaron Robinson, to flee and eventually kill themself as police closed in on him last summer time.
No criminal charges happen to be introduced against the Fort Hood soldiers, who have been either relieved of command or given career-killing letters of reprimand which will get into their permanent files. After several weeks of denial from Fort Hood, the report, brought by Gen. John Murray, finally noted that Guillén was sexually harassed by another greater-ranking soldier the report, however, didn’t name the supervisor who harassed her.
“The Military keeps attempting to safeguard this name and I wish to realise why,” Mayra Guillén stated of her sister’s harasser in a job interview with ABC News. “Why don’t you just attempt to move forward, admit that you simply were wrong, repair it making yourself look better, therefore the nation could trust you again?”
The Guillén family, who’ve identified the soldier who harassed her as Sgt. first Class Jovanny Rivera, also stated inside a statement the situation was “severely mishandled.”
‘We are upset the names from the soldiers that sexually harassed Vanessa aren’t incorporated. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating for people,” they stated.
The report also blamed the military for allowing Robinson to flee from child custody, discovering that “poor communication” between soldiers keeping watch and that it hadn’t been clearly noted that Robinson would be a soldier of “heightened interest,” which brought to his capability to flee from the conference room, the Connected Press reported.
The senior leaders disciplined include Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, who had been becoming acting base commander during Guillén’s dying former Deputy Commanding General of III Corps, Col. Rob Overland Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Knapp, who’s the previous commander and command sergeant major of 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Army Lt. Gen. Pat White-colored, who had been deployed to Iraq for many of 2020, steered clear of any discipline, based on the report.
There have been a minimum of 28 Fort Hood soldiers who died in 2020, including in multiple homicides, suicides and deaths using their company accidents, the AP reported. Sexual harassment in the base also went unaddressed by commanders, as was the situation when Guillén came forward.
“They understood from the aggressive and counterproductive leadership but required no action,” the report stated of senior leaders, who the report states also unsuccessful to openly address Guillén’s disappearance or correct misinformation by what became of her.
“This led to an lack of ability to tell and educate the general public on time, and keep transparency using the Guillén family,” the report stated.
Government bodies have alleged that Cecily Aguilar helped Robinson, her boyfriend, get rid of Guillén’s body after he wiped out her having a hammer. Both Robinson and Guillén were stationed at Fort Hood. The 22-year-old joined a not liable plea in the court to 3 counts of conspiracy to tamper with evidence she was denied bond in This summer and it is waiting for trial inside a Texas jail.
Mayra Guillén has became a member of other activists and people of Congress to advocate for that passage from the I’m Vanessa Guillen Act to enhance the Dod responses to sex-related offenses. There have been 7,825 sexual assault reports involving service people as victims or subjects — a 3% increase when compared with 2018 — based on a Government report.
The Connected Press led to this report.
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