Fort Hood commander praises first responders 



Lt. Gen. Robert Cone
Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood

My wife Jill and I are deeply grieved by the tragedy that occurred [Nov. 5] on our great installation.

No words can adequately express our heartfelt sorrow as we continue to try to make sense of this reprehensible event that took the lives of 12 soldiers and one Department of the Army civilian. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who experienced the trauma of that day and to their families whose lives will never be the same again.

It is also important to remember the other family also impacted by such loss – the Army unit.

Our companies and battalions feel these losses as though they were blood relatives. We send our condolences to those units touched by this atrocity.

Yet despite our sadness, we can look to the amazing achievements of the heroes who emerged from this crisis.

I witnessed for myself the incredible performance of our first responders and soldiers at the crime scene. I must reiterate the heroism of Officers Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd who both stopped the gunman even after Officer Munley was wounded.

Soldiers, many of whom were also wounded, helped to perform first aid on their battle buddies who were severely injured. I am confident that many lives were saved just by soldiers being soldiers.

Also, I must commend the medical professionals from our own Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, and Scott and White Hospital in Temple for caring for our soldiers and civilians.

 Lt. Gen. Cone and media
Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, provides details to media members about the attack at the installation by a
lone gunman.

I am grateful for our many Fort Hood military and civilian leaders for their strength and efforts to make sense of the chaos that ensued in the first few hours after the reports came in.

I am also tremendously impressed with the mobilization of our Chaplain Corps who were quick to respond to the urgent need for spiritual assistance. I appreciate the outpouring of support from the local community.

It touches us deeply that you, the Fort Hood and Central Texas communities, were there for soldiers, civilians and their families without anyone asking. You have helped us and continue to help us weather this storm.

Also, we are thankful for all of the local and federal level assistance we have received. We are indebted to President Obama for his uplifting speech at the memorial service.

We are also appreciative of the support from members of the Army staff and members of congress. Their presence [at the memorial service] was a great comfort to the soldiers and civilians of Fort Hood.

Our need for spiritual and emotional support will continue in the days and weeks to come and we are grateful for all that has been provided.

Finally, we can look to resiliency as the way forward.

In time, with caring from the various agencies on Fort Hood, the medical community, the Resiliency Campus (Fort Hood Grieving Center), and the support of loved ones we will move beyond this.

After a time of personal mourning, healing, and reflection, our community will find its way back to normalcy.

The most important thing in my mind is to ensure that all of the victims and their families receive the best possible care. In our community, we have learned that focused resiliency is paramount.

Our warriors are resilient and will have all the care they deserve in the days to come.

Phantom Warriors!