FT Hood Hero Cops To Be Laid Off

FORT HOOD, TEXAS - The two Fort Hood police officers celebrated as heroes for responding first to the 2009 shooting massacre at this Army post were told recently they would lose their jobs as part of broader military budget cuts.

Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd, who is credited with taking down suspected shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, have both left Fort Hood in advance of losing their jobs. Fort Hood officials said other civilian police officers on the post who were hired on a year-to-year basis will likewise not see their employment renewed.

"We all hold Fort Hood in our hearts and never thought we would be facing cutbacks," said Munley, who has taken an unpaid leave of absence.

Fort Hood officials said the civilian police officers will be replaced with military police soldiers, or MPs, in a sign that the wartime posture of the Army's busiest deployment hub is slowing down.

Ads by GoogleCityU of SeattleConvenient Learning. Day & Evening Classes at 27 Locations & Online. CityU.EduOfficials said Fort Hood increased hiring of civilian officers in 2003 as military police soldiers were increasingly deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, a trend that is reversing.

"As more MP soldiers are available at Fort Hood, we return to the use of MPs for law enforcement," Christopher Zimmer, deputy director for the Directorate of Emergency Services at Fort Hood, said in a statement.

It was unclear Friday how much Fort Hood's garrison budget had been reduced. Fort Hood officials referred budget questions to the Army's Installation Management Command, which referred questions to Fort Hood.

Todd and Munley were the first law enforcement officers to arrive at a busy medical processing center after a gunman killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others on Nov. 5, 2009. According to testimony in a pretrial hearing for Hasan, Todd fired the shots that paralyzed the Army psychiatrist from the chest down and ended the rampage. Munley testified that her gun malfunctioned and that she was shot three times by the gunman.

The two police officers were widely celebrated after the incident, attending a State of the Union address as invited guests of President Obama and being named National Law Enforcement Officers of the Year by the American Police Hall of Fame
They're civilians doing what MPs are paid to do...but the fact is that there weren't enough MPs to go around with all the deployments. They also knew that the contract was year-to-year, so throwing in the "hero's being laid off" is not going to get any sympathy from me.

Bring our troops home and use our military to what they're paid to do...defend the UNITED STATES, not some far away place that would smile and laugh to see your head cut off on TV.


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