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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/30/2011

Fort Hood heroes leave base police force

Davidson

The two civilian Army police officers who first responded to the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Tex., that left 13 dead, are no longer on the base’s police force.

Mark Todd and Kimberly Munley, along with other officers, were told their annual terms would not be extended, according to the union that represented them.

“About 20 civilian police officers hired on a year-to-year basis at Fort Hood will not see their employment renewed, and an additional 11 officers at Fort Drum are being let go,” said Jeffrey Zuhlke, of American Federation of Govermnent Employee’s Law Enforcement Committee.

A statement released by Fort Hood said “the change in contract security personnel at Fort Hood is part of an Armywide shift from contract security to civil service security.”

The departure of Todd and Munley from Fort Hood was first reported by the American-Statesman in Austin, about an hour’s drive from the base. Both left sometime last spring, according to Christopher J. Haug, a Fort Hood public affairs officer.

“Officer Mark Todd resigned his position at Fort Hood earlier this year and has accepted a position with another contractor for a position overseas,” the statement said. “Officer Kimberly Munley is a Term Employee, and at her request she is currently on Leave Without Pay Status and living in North Carolina.”

Munley is “pursuing options in her home town,” added Haug.

Although considered “contract security,” Todd, Munley and the others were government employees.

“Calling federal police officers ‘contract police personnel’ is a complete misnomer,” Zuhlke said. “These officers are not employed by some hired-gun private security firm. They are federal employees. They are trained by the federal government. They swore an oath and heeded the call to public service. They are professionals who have chosen law enforcement as a career. Considering the sacrifice of these officers you would think that the Fort Hood public affairs department could correctly identify their positions while discussing their layoffs.”

Todd shot Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was charged with killing 13 people and wounding about 30 more, including Munley, who was attempting to apprehend him during the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting rampage.

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