FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS Army officials have confirmed that Nidal Hasan was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel yesterday in a small and solemn ceremony in the gathering room of Fort Leavenworths maximum security prison.
Army Had NO choice but to award promotion
When asked about the promotion, Major General William Hewitt, Commanding General of Human Resources Command (HRC), stated that Hasans personnel record was not negatively flagged by the chain of command and that by regulation the Army had no choice but to award promotion to the service member.
Promotion Happened because Human Resource Systems Were Undergoing Upgrades-Who Is Running This
When asked to elaborate about how such an oversight could occur, the general stated that the Armys electronic human resources systems were undergoing upgrades that may have affected Hasans status.HRC has been physically migrating its systems to a new building at Fort Knox [Human Resources Command Headquarters] after the discovery of asbestos and mold in the current data storage warehouse. Unfortunately the files have been moved to a computer system that is not yet Y2K compliant. This might have affected the records of hundreds of personnel, including Hasan."
Hasan's Fort Hood Murders were only a Blemish on His Excellent Record
During an investigation of Hasans service record, The Duffel Blog obtained several evaluation reports detailing the officers performance history. Of note is one report covering the period during Hasans alleged shooting spree. His superior officer, Colonel Nathan Butterworth, stated that Hasan has an excellent record stained with the occasional blemish.
Major Hasan is an unparalleled Asset to the Army
While not the best team player, Major Hasan has a peerless tactical mind with a demonstrated record of close quarters combat marksmanship. Butterworth goes on to state Major Hasan is an unparalleled asset to the Army. His capability to think like the enemy, allows him the ability to provide the military with a perspective not seen by the rest of the organization.Hasan also received a Legion of Merit from his superiors at Darnell Army Medical Center at Fort Hood upon Hasans transfer to Fort Leavenworth.
Fort Hood Shooter Has Also Collected $278,000 in Salary Since 2009 Murders
The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others during a shooting at Fort Hood has reportedly been paid more than $278,000 since the 2009 incident.
U.S. Department of Defense officials confirmed to NBCDFW.com that Maj. Nidal Hasans salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting in Texas, citing the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Jury selection in his trial is scheduled to begin May 30.