Leaders of Pentagon probe come to Fort Hood

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2009 6:41 PM

Former top Pentagon officials investigating the attack at a Texas Army post have visited the site of the shootings and a military hospital.

Former Army Secretary Togo West and former Navy chief, Vernon Clark, were appointed to lead the 45-day review after the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood that left 13 dead.

Clark says hearing stories about first responders was "very, very encouraging."

The investigators will examine procedures for identifying volatile U.S. military service members hidden in the ranks and lapses that might allow others to slip through unnoticed.

West said since it is not a criminal investigation, it's doubtful they will try to talk to Maj. Nidal Hasan, who's been charged in the killings. He remains in intensive care at a military hospital.