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Former commander explains 467th mission


MADISON (WKOW) -- Some of the soldiers in the processing center in Fort Hood as Hasan allegedly opened fire were from the 467th Medical Detachment based out of Madison.

27 News sat down with a retired commander from that unit, to give some insight into what the unit focuses on.

It's a combat stress control unit that aides soldiers in the field during their deployment.

Retired lieutenant colonel and former unit commander Mike Alesch was in the unit for thirty years. He retired three years ago.

Alesch went through the same deployment process, these soldiers were going through when the shooting happened.

Mike Alesch, retired lieutenant colonel, says, "I know how easily it could have happened, because I've been in that situation. You're in a large room, with different stations that you go through, and there's just literally hundreds of people packed together in there."

Alesch says almost no one is armed while going through the deployment process.

He also described what exactly the 467th does..

The units head out in war zones in teams, with social workers, psychiatrists, and occupational therapists.

The unit is 100 % armed as they treat soldiers on base.

The alleged shooter in Texas.. was a psychiatrist. As far as what help, he may have had access to.. Alesch says the psychiatrists for his unit.. relied on each other to stay mentally healthy themselves.

The 467th has yet to confirm how many of their soldiers were in Fort Hood Thursday.

There are more than 40 soldiers in the unit.

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