Update on missing Fort Hood sergeant

| August 24, 2020

Sgt. Elder Fernandes

Sgt Elder Fernandes, who’s been missing now for more than five days, was recently transferred to a different unit as a result being a victim in an alleged sexual assault.

“We can confirm there is an open investigation of abusive sexual contact involving Sgt. Fernandes,” Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, a 1st Cavalry Division spokesman, said in a statement to NBC News.

“The unit sexual assault response coordinator has been working closely with Sgt. Fernandes, ensuring he was aware of all his reporting, care, and victim advocacy options,” he said.

Brautigam said Fernandes was transferred “to ensure he received the proper care and ensure there were no opportunities for reprisals.”

Army officials asked for the public’s help Friday in their search for Fernandes.

Police in Killeen, Texas, who are involved in the search, said he was reported missing Wednesday. Family members told police he was last seen or heard from Monday afternoon when his staff sergeant dropped him off at his home in Killeen.

The soldier, whose family is originally from Cape Verde in West Africa, had been in the hospital for four or five days prior to his disappearance, said his mother, Ailiana Fernandes. She said it was unclear why he was in the hospital.

Source; Yahoo!

Category: Army, Army News

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  1. Sapper3307 says:

    Cape Verde–its worth a BING search.
    Hope they find him.

    • penguinman000 says:

      ??? As in Cape Verde off the coast of Africa? I’m confused.

      • Combat Historian says:

        Cape Verde was a Portuguese possession before it became independent. Fernandes is a common Portuguese surname. Uncertain this has anything to do with his disappearance…

        • Mason says:

          His family are originally from there.

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Another legacy of the African Slave Trade. “Discovered” by the Portuguese and used by them to transfer Africans sold to Portuguese by other Africans to the ships before crossing “The Middle Passage.”

            Not looking good for the finding of SGT Fernandes, alive and safe. And, yeah, anybody at all in his Chain of Command, might as well start looking for a new line of work. Sad.

  2. Green Thumb says:

    This is not going to end well.

  3. 2banana says:

    But…but…men can’t be victims…

    “Sgt Elder Fernandes, who’s been missing now for more than five days, was recently transferred to a different unit as a result being a victim in an alleged sexual assault.”

    • Hondo says:

      Yeah, right. Tell that to a former colleague of mine who was pulling CQ duty one night decades ago when a male soldier came to his desk and reported that he’d been raped.

      According to my colleague, the guy wasn’t kidding. As I recall, they got him to the local MEDDAC for further examination and treatment. I’d also guess local MPs and/or CID eventually got involved as well.

  4. Roh-Dog says:

    There’s more to this story, and I gots a feeling it’s going to leave a stain right ‘cross Hood.
    I pray for the good Sergeant’s return.

    • Combat Historian says:

      I served two years at Bliss at the other end of Texas when it was still a TRADOC installation. Never set foot on Hood; sad to hear the post has become such a mess…

    • Sparks says:

      I agree with you Roh-Dog. While I do so hope for his safe return, there is more here than meets the eye.

  5. Thunderstixx says:

    Fuck……
    Just fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck…
    Personal involvement with the goings on at Hood…
    They need to RIF the CO from any unit that has any kind of a sexual assault.
    Maybe then they will pay attention…..

    • FuzeVT says:

      “RIF”? Relief of some sort, I assume. Not familar but I assume you mean an involuntary and immediate relief.

      Problem with that is that there are always people will take actions the command/society doesn’t want despite pressure put on the leadership. If all it took was to put pressure on COs to get stuff accomplished or prevented, there already wouldn’t be sexual assault and there wouldn’t be any suicides. For example, do you know the pain commands go through when there is a suicide? I had one when I was company commander in Quantico. There were no tale-tell signs that were ignored so we didn’t get smeared in the investigation, but it was not fun. [Incidentally, the individual had even told the section they worked in what their weekend plans were. The USMC Ball was coming up and plans were discussed. The suicide took place that night and it was discovered on the Marine Corps Birthday. Not likely to forget that any time soon.]
      Point being, no amount of pressure could have been put to bear on me or the rest of the command to prevent that individual from taking that action.

  6. 26Limabeans says:

    WTF with Hood?
    Never been there but this is not the Army I knew.
    Agree with 5th/77th FA. Walking papers from the top on down.
    Clean house.

  7. Jay says:

    One of my former Marines (crossed into the Army) is currently stationed there. He says that place is a giant CLUSTER now. Given all the reports of losing fucking PERSONNEL now, i’d believe it. 3/6 loses two rifles and everyone loses their minds. Ft Hood loses THREE FUCKING HUMAN BEINGS…..a blurp in the evening news.

    • FuzeVT says:

      “3/6 loses two rifles and everyone loses their minds. Ft Hood loses THREE FUCKING HUMAN BEINGS…..a blurp in the evening news.”

      You’re not lying.

  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Sweet Bejeezus, has a portal to hell opened up on Fort Hood?

  9. timactual says:

    I thought things like this didn’t happen in the New, Improved, All-Volunteer Army. all those higher standards and a higher class of personnel and stuff.

  10. Graybeard says:

    AB son jumps out of there from time to time, but thank God Almighty he doesn’t have to live there.

    Hood is large, but it seems the CLUSTER there is bigger.