Remembering Fort Hood

…on this day in 2009
…14 innocent lives

PHOTO: Fort Hood Memorial to the deceased, Creative Commons

On November 5, 2009, a heavily armed radical Muslim entered a troop training/processing area on Ft. Hood, Texas, murdering 13 adults and one preborn child, and wounding more than 30.

Ten of the wounded belonged to our unit. As an Army chaplain at the time, I was sent to Ft. Hood to minister to them and their families. It was 10 memorable days.

Over the years as a chaplain, I often ended my prayers with “…Help us always to be ready to meet You….”


The assailant has been convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder, 32 counts of attempted murder, dismissed from the service, and sentenced to death. He is incarcerated at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and is awaiting execution.