Alleged fort hood shooter receives promotion, legion of merit
The alleged mastermind behind the Fort Hood Shootings was ecstatic about the crossing of a major milestone in his military career and thanked all those in attendance. Meanwhile, protests were held outside the base, with people chanting âjustice for the victimsâ and âdonât promote.â One participant stated that this ceremony was a âslap in the face of all the victimsâ from the massacre. Base officials refused to comment, declaring that Hassanâs promotion was decided months ago by personnel management officials.
When asked about the promotion, Major General William Hewitt, Commanding General of Human Resources Command (HRC), stated that Hasanâs personnel record was not negatively flagged by the chain of command and that by regulation the âArmy had no choice but to award promotion to the service member.â When asked to elaborate about how such an oversight could occur, the general stated that the Armyâs electronic human resources systems were undergoing upgrades that may have affected Hasanâs status.
âHRC has been physically migrating its systems to a new building at Fort Knox [Human Resources Command Headquarters] after the discovery of asbestos and mold in the current data storage warehouse. Unfortunately the files have been moved to a computer system that is not yet Y2K compliant. This might have affected the records of hundreds of personnel, including Hasan.â
During an investigation of Hasanâs service record, The Duffel Blog obtained several evaluation reports detailing the officerâs performance history. Of note is one report covering the period during Hasanâs alleged shooting spree. His superior officer, Colonel Nathan Butterworth, stated that Hasan has an excellent record stained with the occasional blemish.
âWhile not the best team player, Major Hasan has a peerless tactical mind with a demonstrated record of close quarters combat marksmanship.â Butterworth goes on to state âMajor Hasan is an unparalleled asset to the Army. His capability to think like the enemy, allows him the ability to provide the military with a perspective not seen by the rest of the organization.â
Hasan also received a Legion of Merit from his superiors at Darnell Army Medical Center at Fort Hood upon Hasanâs transfer to Fort Leavenworth. Standard practice in the Army is to award soldiers a âPermanent Change of Stationâ award reflecting the sum total of their contributions while at their installation. Since Hasanâs movement to Leavenworthâs maximum security facility was technically a Permanent Change of Station, he was submitted for the award as a formality. The Legion of Merit was awarded during the same ceremony as Hasanâs promotion, although the officer presenting the award was forced to move Hasanâs beard to one side to affix it to his uniform.
The award now hangs inside Hasanâs cell, below a framed letter from Osama Bin Laden, congratulating Hasan on the âsuccessful slaughter of dozens of infidels.â
Luckily, said Hewitt, the error was caught in time to prevent the promotion of SPC Bradley Manning, who allegedly leaked over 40,000 top-secret military and diplomatic documents to the WikiLeaks website in the largest confidential document dump in American history. His adverse action flag was restored before he could attain the rank of Sergeant.
Manning was reportedly disappointed in being removed from consideration, as he had already begun studying for the Sergeant Promotion Board, but at least has the consolation of having received a Good Conduct Medal during the interim. It is unknown at this time how many personnel received promotions and awards in error, and the Army Inspector Generalâs office is continue to investigate.