The incident is beneath investigation, the assertion mentioned.
“We’re deeply disturbed by the string of deaths at Fort Hood, and if there’s any malfeasance or negligence concerned, the Navajo Nation calls on our nationwide leaders to purse each obtainable avenue to guard the lives of our Navajo warriors and people serving within the U.S. Armed Forces,” Navajo Nation speaker Seth Damon mentioned in an announcement Friday.
Fort Hood mentioned Chee’s awards and decorations embrace the Nationwide Protection Service Medal and the Military Service Ribbon.
“After we lose simply one among our honorable warriors, all the Nation feels that ache,” Navajo Nation Council Delegate Jamie Henio mentioned.
Fernandes, 23, was reported lacking August 17. He had been transferred to a distinct unit as a result of he was the sufferer in an “abusive sexual contact” investigation, the Military mentioned.
In keeping with Fort Hood, Fernandes was a chemical, organic, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Firm, 553rd Fight Sustainment Assist Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade.
The primary suspect in her disappearance — one other Fort Hood soldier — killed himself when he was confronted by investigators, in accordance with the Military’s Felony Investigation Division.
Secretary of the Military Ryan McCarthy informed reporters Tuesday the brand new investigation was sparked partially by a rise in incidents at Fort Hood.
“Should you have a look at the numbers this yr on the set up for felonious crimes, sexual harassment, sexual assault, the numbers are excessive, very excessive this yr. And so the tendencies coupled with that survey, we wanted to get a way more complete look in regards to the challenges that Fort Hood is experiencing,” he mentioned.
“We have to perceive the basis causes in order that we are able to make the suitable modifications, whether or not that is a management difficulty, sources, situations on the bottom, our methods. The numbers are dangerous, and we have to make some changes as a result of we’re very involved,” McCarthy added.