Man shot at Liberty Village

A civilian was assaulted and shot at Fort Hood’s Liberty Village on June 3, according to a news release from U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Special agents from the command and the FBI are investigating the on-post shooting that occurred at the Liberty Village Housing Area basketball court at 8:30 p.m., the release stated.

Liberty Village is not on the main post and has no gate guards but is patrolled by Fort Hood military police.

Officials said a male civilian with no Defense Department affiliation was allegedly assaulted and then shot by an unknown person or people following a brief argument.

The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital, but his condition was not released by officials.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Fort Hood military police at 254-287-4001.

Rose L. Thayer

Prostitution ring hearing ends

The Fort Hood noncommissioned officer accused of running an on-post prostitution ring heavily damaged the credibility of the installation’s sexual assault reporting program.

That was according to testimony on the final day of a two-day hearing last week to determine whether Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen will face a court-martial on more than 21 criminal charges, including pandering, conspiracy, adultery and sexual assault.

McQueen is accused of recruiting young, low-ranking female soldiers to have sex for money with high-ranking NCOs in early 2013. At the time, McQueen also was a sexual assault prevention officer with III Corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.

Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Dice, who replaced McQueen after the allegations came to light in May 2013, testified the scandal damaged the integrity of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program.

“There’s no longer any trust,” Dice said. “The program is pretty much compromised.”

Among other charges, McQueen is accused of sexually assaulting one of the soldiers he attempted to recruit as a prostitute. According to testimony, the soldier had been sexually assaulted previously at another installation. McQueen not only knew about the previous attack, but referenced it while trying to recruit her.

Army defense attorney Maj. Reies Flores said the charges against his client were excessive.

With the hearing concluded, investigating officer Lt. Col. James Varley must make a recommendation on whether McQueen should be tried at a court-martial.

Convening authority, Brig. Gen. Clark LeMasters, commander of 13th Sustainment Command, will consider Varley’s recommendation and will decide if McQueen’s case will go to trial.

Chris McGuinness

Ride raises money for April 2 victims

Hosted by the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club Chapter 110, “The Ride for the Fallen” on Saturday helped raise $1,600 for families of the victims of the April 2 shooting at Fort Hood. Thirty-five riders revved up their motorcycles at the Fort Hood Harley-Davidson in Harker Heights just before noon to take the 50-mile ride.

“The club members met to discuss what the Green Knights could do to help, because we take care of our own,” said Travis Keller, president of the Green Knights.

All proceeds will go to the National Compassion Fund to support families of the victims. Read the full story at

Val Valdez

Fox with rabies found on post

The Fort Hood Veterinary Center was notified Friday that a young fox found in the vicinity of the LV Phantom area and building near Clarke Road tested positive for rabies. It’s the third case at Fort Hood since May 12. The first case involved a skunk acting strangely in a motor pool. On May 16, a dark gray-and-white kitten attacked a resident outside a Central Drive home.

Chris McGuinness

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