Army to replace head of criminal investigation division

The military will replace the head of its criminal investigations command, relocating the official within a year of assigning him to this role.

Defense One first reported on Monday that Major General Donna Martin, Army Provost General and Commander General of the Army Criminal Investigations Command since July, will be replaced after careful consideration of how the division handled the murder from Spc. Vanessa Guillen.

Martin took command 10 days after Guillen’s body was found near Fort Hood, Texas. Police believed Guillen had been clubbed to death by another Fort Hood soldier, Spc. Aaron Robinson, triggering calls to examine the climate of command at the base and to change the way the military deals with sex crimes.

The military released a statement later Monday stressing that Martin remains in his current post but that she would be replaced at a later date via a “planned transition” by the brigadier. General Duane Miller. Miller is currently the Deputy Provost General and Deputy Commanding General of the Command.

Martin’s “next assignment has yet to be announced.” The military announced on February 23, 2021 that Brigadier. General Duane Miller will replace Major General Martin. The date for the change of command has not been set. This is a planned transition and any implication to the contrary is false, ”said spokesperson Col. Cathy Wilkinson.

This would be the second time in two years that the military has replaced its law enforcement officer, with Martin replacing Major-General Kevin Vereen after spending a year in the post.

Guillen’s murder sparked a nationwide scrutiny of how the military is responding to allegations of sexual harassment and assault among its military personnel, as Guillen’s family said they told them that she was sexually harassed but did not want to report it for fear of reprisal.

The military quickly established the Fort Hood Independent Review Panel, which produced a damning report last year highlighting a climate of pervasive sexual misconduct at the base.

After the report was published, 14 base leaders were relieved of their posts or suspended from their posts.

Mark M. Gagnon