Accession Number:

ADA513143

Title:

Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

87.0

Abstract:

On November 5, 2009, a gunman opened fire at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas. Thirteen people were killed and 43 others were wounded or injured. The initial response to the incident was prompt and effective. Two minutes and forty seconds after the initial 911 call, installation first responders arrived on the scene. One-and-a-half minutes later, the assailant was incapacitated. Two ambulances and an incident command vehicle from the post hospital arrived on the scene two minutes and fifty seconds later. Leaders at Fort Hood had anticipated mass casualty events in their emergency response plans and exercises. Base personnel were prepared and trained to take appropriate and decisive action to secure the situation. The prompt and courageous acts of Soldiers, first responders, local law enforcement personnel, DoD civilians, and healthcare providers prevented greater losses. As so often happens in our military, lessons already learned have led to a well-developed plan to care for the victims and families involved. The tragedy, however, raised questions about the degree to which the entire Department is prepared for similar incidents in the future--especially multiple, simultaneous incidents. Following the shooting, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates established the Department of Defense Independent Review Related to Fort Hood, and asked that we lead the effort.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Safety Engineering
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE