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A female sergeant said it was tragic that a soldier had to die before the Army took notice of sexual assault and harassment on base.

December 15 2020, 1:05 p.m.

AN INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE appointed by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy released a scathing report last week finding that Fort Hood leadership allowed a “toxic culture” of sexual assault and harassment to flourish at the troubled Army base in Killeen, Texas.

The committee, which was appointed after public outcry over a string of suicides and homicides, including the high-profile murder of 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillén, confirmed that Fort Hood led the entire Army formation in violent felonies and drug offenses.

Noncommissioned officers who previously spoke with The Intercept out of concern for the safety of soldiers under their command said this week that the committee’s findings highlight what they see as an urgent need to clean up the base’s leadership culture.

“Nothing in the report is a surprise,” said one of the sergeants at Fort Hood, who has served in the Army for nearly a decade. “This has been going on for years.”

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