SHAWANO, Wis. — Former Fort Hood and III Corps commander Gen. Robert W. Cone died on Sunday at the age of 59.
The retired general was in charge of the post during the Nidal Hasan attack in 2009 which resulted in the death of 12 soldiers, one civilian and 32 injured.
“The III Armored Corps and Fort Hood team is deeply saddened by the recent passing of retired Gen. Robert W. Cone. Cone commanded III Armored Corps and Fort Hood from 2009-2011 and led the corps to Iraq for the transition to Operation New Dawn. He was a brilliant and caring leader who served our nation in a challenging era. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time,” said Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander.
Cone retired as commander of U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, which oversees training, recruitment and new equipment integration for the Army in March 2014. In 2010, he deployed to Iraq as the deputy commanding general for operations — the second-highest ranking military member for United States Division-Iraq.