Leaders of Pentagon Probe Visit Fort Hood
KILLEEN, TX - NOVEMBER 5: News crews gather at a press conference at the main entrance of Fort Hood on November 5, 2009 in Killeen, Texas. At least one gunman killed 12 people and injured 31 in a shooting on a military base at Fort Hood this afternoon. One shooter was killed by military police and at least two other soldiers are in custody. (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)
Updated at 7:30 PM CST on Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009
Former top Pentagon officials investigating the attack at a Texas Army post have visited the site of the shootings and a military hospital.
Former Army Secretary Togo West and former Navy chief, Vernon Clark, were appointed to lead the 45-day review after the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood that left 13 dead.
Clark says hearing stories about first responders was "very, very encouraging."
The investigators will examine procedures for identifying volatile U.S. military service members hidden in the ranks and lapses that might allow others to slip through unnoticed.
West said since it is not a criminal investigation, it's doubtful they will try to talk to Maj. Nidal Hasan, who's been charged in the killings. He remains in intensive care at a military hospital.
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