HOUSTON – At a press conference in Houston on Tuesday, Vanessa Guillen’s sister, Lupe Guillen, called on the dismissed army officials by name, saying that at least one person “deserved”.
The shooting includes Army Major General Scott Efflandt, who was left in charge of the base earlier this year when Guillen was assassinated, and Colonel Ralph Overland, commander and command of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Major Bradley Knapp. Among those suspended were Major General Jeffery Broadwater, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division and Commander Sgt. Major Thomas C. Kenny. Administrative measures are expected to launch investigations that could lead to a wide range of penalties. These penalties can range from a simple reprimand letter to military acquittal.
The army did not disclose the names of other lower-ranking soldiers facing any discipline.
“The toxic leadership – thank God the Fort Hood leaders – 14 of them – have been removed,” Lupe Guillen said. “He deserved Effland because he ignored us, every single time,” he said. was in the whole process.And I’m sorry I said that … but you deserved it.I hope Vanessa’s command is investigated and held accountable.
Members of Guillen’s family, as well as Houston Chief Art Acevedo and businessman Tilman Fertitta, held a press conference on Tuesday in Houston about a special investigation into Fort Hood.
“I always hear the same thing, protect our women,” Lupe Guillen said. “We can’t protect our women if we don’t respect our women. I am not saying this as a victim of crime. I say this as a woman like someone who wants to enlist in the military.
On one occasion, he turned directly to U.S. Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy, with whom the family spoke before a press conference reported by Lupe Guillen eight months after his sister was murdered.
“If Mr. McCarthy really watches this, I hope he really approves of ‘I’m Vanessa Guillen’ (Act 2020),” he said. “Because I don’t think you should read it to support it, because you only hear Vanessa Guillen when you hear about her murder, disappearance and sexual harassment, and I hope … Congress is taking action because it is needed.It’s not about your political views.It’s about human issues, just like Vanessa, and we don’t want another soldier to appear We don’t want another victim of sexual harassment and murder, and to reduce the suicide rate, we won’t stop.
Read the article “I’m Vanessa Guillen’s 2020 Law”.
According to Lupe Guillen, this act “keeps her sister’s legacy alive” and saved lives.
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Lawyer Natalie Khawam said she didn’t like throwing darts, apparently citing Lupe Guillen’s criticism of how long McCarthy took to talk to the family through Zoomo, while acknowledging that the family “has every right to be disappointed”. The family would like to meet McCarthy in person.
“We’re not done yet, we’re just getting started,” Khawam said, referring to his ongoing and repeated efforts to push for legislation in Washington at the highest levels of power, naming Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The policy is great, but it can be changed every day.”
Khawam said he began investigating Fort Hood for mold in military homes and then proceeded with Guillen’s case.
“A lot of great families – military families – have suffered from the toxic effects of that base, but unfortunately the toxicity is not only in homes but also in command, and when someone speaks and is punished for speaking it is not American,” Khawam said. It was widespread in Fort Hood, so things are not complete, they are not finalized yet, we are not finished yet, let’s start now.
Khawam said he is looking at what policies will be implemented, how they will deal with these mistakes.
– Will these bugs be fixed? And will they support the adoption of legislation to improve it once and for all? he said. “You know, politics is great, but politics can change every day. Legislation cannot be changed every day. Congress is needed – you know that if you say there is an act of God or a congress is needed, that’s why I’m going right to the jugular there. I want to make sure we change it forever and it doesn’t happen again. “According to the Guillen family, their struggle for justice is not over. Members of Congress are being asked to pass the “I am Vanessa Guillen Act,” which aims to protect soldiers by providing independent investigations into cases of sexual harassment and sexual harassment to better protect soldiers from retaliation.
Vanessa Guillen disappeared on April 22nd. Cecily Ann Aguilar, Spc. 20-year-old Aaron Robinson killed Guillen that day “by hammering him in the head while he was at Ft. Hood – and then Augilar said he helped him mutilate and dispose of Guillen ‘s body. Remains of Guillen were found on June 30 near the Leon River in Bell County. Robinson, a soldier suspected of killing Guillen, died suicide on July 1 when police tried to detain him.
Officials have identified two suspects linked to the disappearance of Fort Hood solider Vanessa Guillen on July 2. Aguilar (22) was charged with Guillen’s disappearance. Officials say Aguilar Robinson is an estranged wife. A U.S. lawyer in the Texas West District said Aguilar had been charged with conspiracy to manipulate a single piece of evidence.
On July 6, the army confirmed that Guillen’s remains had been found along the Leon River.
There have been a number of investigations over the months. To learn more about the timeline of the case, go here.
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