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Foot Hood Shooting Victims, Families Receive Medals

FORT HOOD, Texas, April 11, 2015 – After nearly six years and a legislative wording change, shooting victims from the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood were recognized during a Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom medal award ceremony. Story

Army Approves Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Shooting Victims

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 – Army Secretary John M. McHugh approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, following a change in the medals' eligibility criteria mandated by Congress. Story

Gates: Department Not Hiding Fort Hood Details

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 16, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates disputed claims that the Defense Department was withholding information from the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood, Texas, shooting incident. Story

Gates Adopts 26 Fort Hood
Panel Recommendations

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has directed the Defense Department immediately to implement 26 interim recommendations of an independent panel he appointed to look into the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas. Story

Gates Asks Entire Department
To Reinforce Trust

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called on every member of the Defense Department to play a personal role in creating a secure environment that will help to prevent more tragedies like the Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 people dead at Fort Hood, Texas. Story

Army Secretary Orders Review

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2010 – The Army will conduct a review to determine if leaders were negligent in their supervision of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Defense Department officials announced. Story

Evaluations Matter, Fort Hood Panel Says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2010 - Leaders must take action when servicemembers display indicators of committing violence against their comrades, said the co-chairs of a review panel appointed to assess the causes of the Fort Hood shootings. Story | Report

Hall of Remembrance Honors Fallen

FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 19, 2010 - A new Hall of Remembrance at Fort Hood honors active-duty fallen servicemembers who served there, including the 12 killed in a Nov. 5, 2009, shooting rampage on the base. Story | Report

Shooting Probe Reveals Shortfalls

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2010 – The shooting spree allegedly perpetrated by a self-radicalized soldier of Muslim faith has revealed shortcomings in the Defense Department’s ability to counter dangerous outside influences on the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Story

More Charges Expected in Shooting Case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2009 – Thirty-two specifications of attempted premeditated murder were preferred today against alleged Fort Hood, Texas, shooter Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan under Article 80 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Story

Panel Leaders Tour Rampage Site

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2009 – The leaders of an independent review panel toured the scene of the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting rampage today and described how they view the panel’s mission. Story

Pentagon Convenes Shooting Task Force

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2009 – The leaders of the Pentagon’s review board on the Fort Hood, Texas, rampage reported for duty here today to begin their 45-day investigation to what led to the mass shooting, a Pentagon official said. Story

Pentagon Launches Review of Shooting

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced the Defense Department will conduct a broad review of the Nov. 5 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting that left 13 dead and dozens injured. Story

Muslim Leader Calls Review Critical

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2009 – The director of a Muslim veterans organization said he welcomes Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ announcement today of a Pentagon probe into the attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, calling it a matter of national security. Story

Obama Orders Review of Prelude

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2009 – President Barack Obama used his weekly address today to call for a careful and complete review of what happened before the Nov. 5 tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas. Story

Officer Charged With Murder

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2009 - Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged with 13 specifications of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan has been charged under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, meaning the case will be heard in the military system. Story

Fort Hood Offers Grief Counseling

FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 12, 2009 - In the aftermath of the Nov. 5 shootings here that left 13 dead and 38 wounded, soldiers, family members and civilians who work on post are looking for answers, and for help in grieving. Story

Gatesville Citizens Embrace Reservists

GATESVILLE, Texas, Nov. 12, 2009 – The citizens of the “Spur Capital of Texas” here opened their arms and hearts to Army Reserve soldiers affected by the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting by hosting them for dinner at a local restaurant Nov. 8 Story

Outpouring of Support Helps Families

FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 12, 2009 – November 5 began and might have ended like any other day for Kanesha Howard, an Army spouse and mother of two. Instead, she found herself living a nightmare by midday, franticly wondering if she still had a husband. Story

Hood, Nation Pay Tribute to Victims

FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 11, 2009 - The mournful and all too familiar scene of a bugler playing Taps occurred again here Tuesday as the Fort Hood community paid its respects to fallen warriors struck down last week allegedly at the hands of a lone gunman, who also happened to wear an Army uniform. Story

President Pays Respects to Victims

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2009 – During a somber ceremony on Fort Hood today, President Barack Obama paid his respects to the families of the 13 victims of the Nov. 5 shooting spree at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center on the post. Story

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Solemn Ceremony Honors Fallen

FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 10, 2009 - Thousands of soldiers, veterans, military family members and civilian employees gathered here beneath brilliant blue skies to bid an emotional farewell to 13 of their own killed during last week's shooting rampage, and to support the families left behind. Story

VA Suffers Losses, Offers Help

KILLEEN, Texas, Nov. 10, 2009 - In the midst of providing support to the Fort Hood, Texas, community following the recent shooting there, Veterans Affairs employees learned two of their own were among the slain. Story

Soldiers Reach Out to Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2009 – In the midst of providing mental health services and other support to the Fort Hood, Texas, community following the recent shooting there, the Department of Veterans Affairs learned about its own losses from the violence. Story

President to Attend Memorial Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2009 - President Barack Obama will join the nation's top military leaders at Fort Hood, Texas, tomorrow for a ceremony to honor the victims of the Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 38 wounded. Story

Officials Release Names of Casualties

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2009 – Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, released the names of the 12 soldiers and one civilian employee killed in the Nov. 5 shooting incident on the post. Story

Army Chief of Staff Pledges Resources

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2009 – The Army has worked hard on developing programs to maintain the psychological health of the service, but much more needs to be done, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said yesterday. Story

Soldiers, Families Gather for Vigil

FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 7, 2009 – Grieving soldiers and family members gathered for a twilight vigil last night in remembrance of comrades and loved ones who were killed or wounded in the Nov. 5 shooting attack here. Story

Obama Praises Fort Hood Responders

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2009 – President Barack Obama expressed his sorrow over the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, and praised the soldiers and civilians who responded to aid the wounded in his weekly address to the nation today. Story

Fort Hood First Responders Save Lives

FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 6, 2009 – “Pop, pop, pop.” Those were the sounds Fort Hood’s first responders heard when they arrived at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center here Thursday. Story

Mullen Focuses on Fort Hood Response

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2009 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff cancelled a trip to the University of Notre Dame to focus on the soldiers and families affected by the tragic shooting. Story

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Jeffrey and Sheryll Pearson look at the portrait of their son, Army Pfc. Michael Pearson, before the Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom award ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, April 10, 2015. The event honored the 13 people killed and more than 30 injured in a gunman’s 2009 shooting rampage on the base. U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero High-Res >>
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Army Secretary John M. McHugh presents the Purple Heart to retired Army Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford Jr. during the Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom award ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, April 10, 2015. The event honored the 13 people killed and more than 30 injured in a gunman’s 2009 shooting rampage on the base. U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero High-Res >>
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Bystanders crouch for cover as shots rang out from Soldier Readiness Processing Center on the Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 5, 2009, as law enforcement officers run toward the sound of the gun. A gunman killed 13 people and wounded 30 more in the incident. U.S. Army photo by Jeramie Sivley High-Res >>
First responders use a table as a stretcher to transport a wounded soldier to a waiting ambulance at Fort Hood Nov. 5, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason R. Krawczyk High-Res >>
Army Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, gives an initial update to media members outside Fort Hood's main entrance, Nov. 5, 2009. Fort Hood's commander fielded questions regarding a shooting spree that killed 13 people and wounded 30 others. U.S. Army photo by Michael Heckman High-Res >>
Soldiers attend a chemical light vigil held at the North Fort Hood training site Nov. 6, 2009, in remembrance of comrades and loved ones who were killed and wounded in the shooting tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, the previous afternoon. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback High-Res >>

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