Let’s not forget, Lieutenant General Cone was the Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood on 5 November 2009. Shortly after the tragic shooting incident, LTG Cone met and participated with the Commander-in-Chief Barak Hussein Obama in the memorial service at Fort Hood. Both LTG Cone and President Barack Hussein Obama addressed the attendees. Subsequently, LTG Cone directed a Survey of all personnel – civilian and military – at Fort Hood, attempting to determine if and/or how the events of 5 November may have affected them.
Against this background, it is incredulous that Colonel Morgan M. Lamb, a mid-level commander in the chain of command could determine, as he did on 26 February 10, that there was “no probable relevance or necessity of LTG Cone’s testimony.” Query – did Colonel Lamb attend the memorial service himself? What communications, if any, has he had with the Commanding General concerning this case?
This matter highlights the difficulty presented when low-level commanders are asked to make decisions that could significantly impact on their superior officers. Clearly, military authorities superior in rank to LTG Cone need to weigh in and reverse this senseless decision.