Major General Scott Efflandt
The commander of Fort Hood has been removed from his post following the suspicious deaths of several soldiers including Vanessa Guillen at the army base.
Major General Scott Efflandt has been removed from his position as commander of the base and will also no longer take on the role of commander of a division at Fort Bliss, the US Army announced in a statement Tuesday.
The army will announce the name of a new commander for the 1st Armored Division in the coming days.
The decision comes after the base in Killeen, Texas, has been plagued by at least 15 fatalities and disappearances of soldiers.
The commanding general of US Army Forces Command, Gen. Michael Garrett, has directed Maj. Gen. John Richardson IV to formally assume the role of acting commander at Fort Hood from Wednesday, the statement read.
Efflandt will stay on at Fort Hood for the time being, serving as deputy commanding general for support until the new commander is assigned to the role.
The commander of Fort Hood has been from his post following the suspicious deaths of several soldiers including Vanessa Guillen at the army base. Fort Hood pictured above
The army also announced that Garrett will appoint Gen. John Murray, commanding general of US Futures Command, to ‘lead an in-depth investigation into the chain of command actions related to Spc. Vanessa Guillen.’
There are several open investigations at Fort Hood already but this investigation will be a ‘more complete and comprehensive investigation that will delve into all activities and levels of leadership’ at the addled base.
The investigation will also be separate from the Independent Review of Fort Hood, which began back in August.
Fort Hood has come under increasing scrutiny after at least 15 soldiers have died or disappeared from the base.
Last week, the body of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, was discovered after he went missing back on August 17.
Fernandes was not reported missing for two days.
It then emerged he had claimed he was being sexually abused by a male superior prior to his disappearance.
This came after the April disappearance of 20-year-old soldier Vanessa Guillen, who vanished after telling her family she was being sexually harassed.
Her dismembered body was discovered in July.
Fellow soldier Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, killed and dismembered Guillen and had the remains disposed of in nearby woods, federal and state investigators said.
Guillen’s family said she told them before she vanished that she was being sexually harassed by Robinson.
Last week, the body of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, (left) was discovered after he went missing back on August 17. This came after Vanessa Guillen, 20, (right) vanished from the base after telling her family she was being sexually harassed. Her body was discovered in July
Timeline of Fort Hood disappearances/deaths
February 1, 2020: PVT Eric Christopher Hogan and PFC Anthony Nevelle Peak Jr. die in a car crash
March 1, 2020: SPC Shelby Tyler Jones is shot dead at a convenience store in Killeen
March 5, 2020: Spc. Christopher Wayne Sawyer found dead at his home. Foul play is not suspected.
March 14, 2020: SPC Freddy Beningo Delacruz Jr. is killed in a triple murder
March 23, 2020: Fort Hood soldier Spc. Jovino Jamel Roy, 22, was charged with murder after allegedly shooting former Fort Hood soldier Michael Steven Wardrobe, 22
April 22, 2020: Vanessa Guillen goes missing and is last seen in the parking lot of the base. She disappeared after telling her family she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant on the base.
May 18, 2020: Body of Army Pfc. Brandon S. Rosecrans, 27, was discovered with gunshot wounds and his Jeep was found three miles away engulfed in flames.
June 19, 2020: Search teams discover the corpse of missing soldier Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales following a tip to Army base investigators. Remains were found in a field in Killeen, just over 10 miles from Stillhouse Hollow Lake, five miles from Fort Hood.
July 1, 2020: First parts of Giullen’s remains found about 20 miles east of Fort Hood.
Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, kills himself. Officials say he killed and dismembered Guillén and had the remains disposed of.
July 17, 2020: Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, of Pensacola, Florida was found dead July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse Hollow Lake, around 15 miles from the Fort Hood base.
August 2, 2020: The body of Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, 24, is recovered from Stillhouse Hollow Lake following boating incident not far from where Morta was found.
August 12, 2020: Spc. Cole Jakob Aton, 22, of Kentucky died after he was hit by a car as he was assisting a minor accident scene
August 13, 2020: National Guard soldier, Sgt Bradley Moore dies during a training exercise at the base
August 19, 2020: Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, is reported missing after he was last seen on August 17.
August 26, 2020: The body of Fernandes is believed to have been found about 30 miles from Fort Hood
This story is developing
Source: Daily Mail