Army Appoints Jon Harmon to Independent Review Panel for Fort Hood

August 25, 2020

McGuireWoods Chairman Jonathan Harmon is one of five civilian leaders appointed to an independent review panel that will examine the command climate and culture at Fort Hood, the U.S. Army post in Texas.

The review was prompted by the death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, whose remains were discovered in June, months after her disappearance. The Army announced the review panel on July 30 and said the review will determine whether the command climate and culture at Fort Hood and the surrounding community “reflects the Army’s values, including safety, respect, inclusiveness, and a commitment to diversity, and workplaces and communities free from sexual harassment.”

The panel will review historical data and conduct interviews with military members, civilians and local community members, the Army announced. Its findings and recommendations will be submitted to James E. McPherson, under secretary of the Army, and Gen. Joseph M. Martin, vice chief of staff of the Army, who will co-chair a team to consider the recommendations and implement changes.

The appointment of the panel received national news coverage, including stories by Law360, the Associated Press, Reuters, Axios, the Army Times, ABC News, NPR and CNN.