In a statement yesterday, Secretary of Defense Gates said that it was leadership was the problem at Walter Reed. The Washington Post has a good story on this in today's edition, "Defense Secretary Sends Stern Message About Accountability". It looks like the Army leadership ignored problems with the outpatient services and housing at Walter Reed Medical Center. The firing of Harvey, who technically resigned, was because he fired Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman who had been in the job only 6 months and replaced him with Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley who was the chief Army medical officer who ignored problems at Walter Reed when he was commander there.
The Army has now replaced Kiley with Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker.
It will be interesting to see this week as the Army is scheduled to testify to Congress this week on the Walter Reed issue. I hope the Army is hearing Gates message that this is a serious issue and begin to fix the problems with the housing and outpatient services. Our soldiers deserve nothing less of the best.