FORT HOOD, Texas – Six leaders of a Fort Hood officer academy have been disciplined in connection with a soldier's death during a training exercise, their attorney said Thursday.
Attorney John Galligan said one of the six would be removed from his position at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the others had received letters of reprimand. Two will be transferred to others jobs or other Army bases, he said. He declined to release their names.
The decisions were made after a meeting Wednesday with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond, the senior mission commander at Fort Hood.
The body of Sgt. Lawrence Sprader, 24, was found June 12 after a four-day search on the 15,000-acre range in Central Texas. Temperatures in June were in the mid-90s, and an autopsy showed Sprader died from dehydration and hyperthermia.
An investigative report said the academy leaders failed to adequately monitor the heat index before and during the exercise. It also said they did not adequately patrol the course or provide enough water for soldiers.