Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 21:00 am

Show of force on US streets and crisis at Fort Hood tested Army secretary this year

Show of force on US streets and crisis at Fort Hood tested Army secretary this year
Analysts say Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has led soldiers through the trying times of the coronavirus pandemic and a strategic refocus on Russia and China, and that his tenure has been marked by relative stability.

McCarthy has said changes, such as an overhaul of a sexual crime prevention program recommended in a report on Fort Hood's troubled command, will make a difference.Paul Yingling, a retired Army officer who served in Iraq, said McCarthy has not adequately addressed the fallout.The implications in the report, McCarthy said, are Army-wide." Guillén's family has tried for months to speak with McCarthy, they said, after meeting with President Trump and Gen.

After George Floyd's death led to a reckoning over racism, McCarthy said he supported a "bipartisan discussion" with the White House and lawmakers to rename the posts, though it is within his authority to order the changes through his assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs.Jason said McCarthy had only a short window to make such a call on his own before Trump got involved.

Read full story at stripes.com