Fort Hood Tragedy
November 6, 2009
<b>Fort Hood Tragedy</b>
The U.S. Army and the nation are deeply saddened by the tragedy that has taken place at Fort Hood, Texas. We, collectively, are pained by the loss and suffering, and our hearts go out to the whole Fort Hood community. The nation is with you during this difficult time. Senior leaders extend their condolences to those who lost loved ones and send their love, prayers, care and support to all Soldiers, civilians and family members affected by this tragedy.
<i><b>President Obama </b></i>
"My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the fallen, and with those who live and serve at Fort Hood. These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk and at times give their lives to protect the rest of us on a daily basis. It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."
<i><b>Vice President Joe Biden</b></i>
"We are all praying for those who were wounded and hoping for their full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the entire Fort Hood community as they deal with this senseless tragedy."
<i><b>Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates</b></i>
"I am deeply saddened by the tragic events ... at Fort Hood. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen, the wounded, and all those touched by this incident. There is little we can say at this point to alleviate the pain or answer the many questions this event raises, but I can pledge that the Department of Defense will do everything in its power to help the Fort Hood community get through these difficult times."
<i><b>Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen</b></i>
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Fort Hood today. My thoughts and prayers -- and those of every other member of our Armed Forces -- go out to the wounded, to the families of those killed, and to all those stationed at Fort Hood."
<i><b>Army Secretary John M. McHugh statement of support for those impacted by the deadly shooting</b></i>
"This is a terrible tragedy that we will know more about in the coming days. For now our focus is squarely on taking care of our Soldiers and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have been killed and wounded."
<i><b>Gen. Charles C. Campbell, FORSCOM commanding general's message</b></i>
"As the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the Soldiers and family members affected by today's shooting at Fort Hood. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all. My team is working closely with Fort Hood and III Corps to assist Soldiers, their families, employees and others on post. I have offered our help and I am committed to provide Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone and his team any additional support that is needed.
The safety and well being of our Soldiers and families are our highest priority. Law enforcement, medical and the command teams are working closely with each other to assist those injured and expeditiously notify family members. We greatly appreciate the commitment shown by the local community in providing support to our wounded -- including local community hospitals, which are treating some of the wounded Soldiers.
This is a terrible tragedy and we are all deeply saddened by the loss of our friends and comrades."