The Fort Hood shooting yesterday is a tragic blow, and I know the communities of Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Harker Heights are pulling together to support the surviving Soldiers and their Families. For our Soldiers, who have already given so much, to endure such tragedy so close to home is truly tragic. Across the Army and across the globe we’re sending our thoughts and prayers to the Fort Hood community. Here is what Secretary of the Army John McHugh had to say yesterday:
“This is a terrible tragedy that we will know more about in the coming days. For now our focus is squarely on taking care of our Soldiers and their Families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have been killed and wounded. The leadership at Fort Hood is marshalling the medical support and counselors necessary to take care of our Soldiers and their Families and to notify the next of kin.”
This is the kind of tragedy that comes with many unanswered questions. We trust that in the coming days the Army Criminal Investigation Division, FBI and other federal agencies playing a role in the investigation will continue to provide details as they’re able, and we’ll continue to keep you updated.
To echo the words of Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, Fort Hood Commanding General, God Bless the first responders, those Soldiers and civilians who responded on the scene, ending the shooting and providing aid to the wounded.
We’ll know more in the days to come – keep our brave Soldiers and their Families at Fort Hood in your hearts.