One of the biggest themes of the report on Friday was how badly Fort Hood/the Army communicated in the wake of Guillén's disappearance.

So badly, in fact, that Gen. Murray suggested the head of Army public affairs "consider new policy and training."
The report mentioned specifically the July 2 press conference with MG Efflandt and CID. One soldier who is unnamed said the press conference "went about as well as it could be expected which is to say it was a train wreck."
And in May, a soldier (who is unnamed) suggested Efflandt put his name on a press release coming from Fort Hood, but he argued against it, saying he didn't want "to be the face on this yet."

"I was kind of deflated to be honest with you when he said that," the soldier said.
"I was like, Sir, we’re at the point where we can’t roll this back in. We have to put something out. And people are asking why leadership is not addressing this. It’s all over social media. Why is leadership not saying something?”

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30 Apr
THREAD (my last one for today I promise, hopefully): A lot of news today out of the Army's latest report about the investigation of Vanessa Guillén's case.

Let's review, shall we?
The Army confirmed that Guillén was being sexually harassed by a "superior noncommissioned officer in her unit."

We updated our scoop from this morning on that with more details. Read that here:…
A FORSCOM press release today said Guillén "informally reported that she was sexually harassed on two occasions, and in both instances her supervisor failed to report the harassment, and other leaders failed to take appropriate action."
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14 Sep 20
NEW: Weeks ago, I set out to answer the question, “What’s going on at Fort Hood?”

That question evolved again and again, and has resulted in what I hope gives another window into who Vanessa Guillén was, what happened to her & what it means for the Army.…
A little about Vanessa: She had a contagious smile, everyone loved her. She was planning to go to college, maybe Texas A&M, get married, and someday become a mom.

Her sister Lupe told me: “You know how they say no one’s perfect? Vanessa, she was...the definition of perfection."
Near the end of last year, though, her family could tell something was wrong.

She had bags under her eyes, her hair looked thin, she'd lost weight. She wasn't smiling anymore. Her mom kept pushing her to tell her what was wrong, and she eventually did.
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29 Mar 19
NEW: Military housing providers have been asking residents to sign NDAs in order to settle housing issues. The services are aware of it & in at least one case with the Navy, the service was the one who suggested it.

Davidson, a Marine Corps wife, has been fighting Patrician Management since 2016. She repeatedly said her home’s air ducts had mold — they repeatedly said there was not

When she was pregnant, her doctor said her white blood cell count was too high. He worried she'd lose the baby
"He asked me if I was working with chemicals. I said, 'No,'" Davidson said. "And then I pulled out my phone and said 'But look at this. Could this be it?' And I showed him a picture of the inside of our [air] ducts, and he said 'Well, absolutely.'"
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