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Army meets with Guillen family to provide update on investigation into chain of command

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 21:41:14-04

FORT HOOD, TX — Army officials met with the Guillen family Tuesday to provide an update on the ongoing investigation into chain of command actions related to Spc. Vanessa Guillen's death.

Senior investigator Gen. John Murray met with family members in Houston. The family was also given the opportunity to provide additional information to investigators.

Gen. Murray, commanding general of Army Futures Command, is conducting an Army Regulation 15-6 investigation into chain of command actions related to Spc. Guillen's death.

He was appointed on September 1 by Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to lead the investigation.

The Army says the 15-6 investigation incorporates information from a number of previous investigations, inspections and ongoing reviews.

Ongoing reviews of Fort Hood include the ongoing criminal investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, an Army Regulation 15-6 by the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the U.S. Army Forces Command Inspector General inspection of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program at Fort Hood.

“What happened to Spc. Guillen was horrible. We must honor her memory by doing better,” said Gen. Garrett. “This investigation will allow us to better understand what happened. Importantly, it will also give us insight on what we can do to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.”

Army officials say they remain in close contact with the Guillen family to keep them informed of additional actions being taken to honor Spc. Guillen's life and renewed focus on a "people first" culture.

More details about the Army Regulation 15-6 investigation will be released publicly once the final report is complete.