||Agreed to September 29, 2010
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten
Recognizing the anniversary of the tragic shootings that occurred at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.
Whereas, on November 5, 2009, a gunman entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opened fire on military and civilian personnel who were preparing for deployment or who had recently returned to the United States from overseas;
Whereas 13 people were killed, including 12 soldiers, one of whom was an expecting mother, and one former soldier;
Whereas 31 people were wounded, and some of the wounded required months of care and rehabilitation;
Whereas civilian and military law enforcement personnel of the Department of Defense acted swiftly and courageously to neutralize the threat;
Whereas Army medics immediately began treating the wounded, greatly reducing the loss of life;
Whereas nearby Army personnel selflessly evacuated wounded individuals to safety prior to the threat being eliminated; and
Whereas the Fort Hood regional communities, the State of Texas, military service organizations and countless Americans united in support of the Fort Hood victims and their families: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate
concurring), That Congress—
(1) recognizes the shootings that occurred at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009, as a tragic event in the history of the Army and the United States;
(2) extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of the shootings who had already sacrificed a great deal by righteously answering their country’s call to serve;
(3) honors the civilian law enforcement personnel of the Department of Defense for effectively implementing their training to promptly eliminate the threat, thereby limiting additional loss of life or injury;
(4) commends the Fort Hood command team for its timely response and situational control; and
(5) expresses gratitude to the Fort Hood communities, military personnel stationed at Fort Hood, military service organizations, and the American people for promptly extending comfort and assistance to the victims of the shootings and their families.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.