The commander of the U.S. Army’s sprawling base at Fort Hood is being removed from his position over the deaths of fifteen soldiers and the disappearance and alleged murder and dismemberment of an Army Specialist.

Major General Scott Efflandt was slated to move to the command position of the 1st Armored Division at the Texas-based Fort Bliss, but will no longer assume the position according to a U.S. Army statement released Tuesday. The decision to delay a division command post is a strong message from ‘Big Army’ and will likely hasten the end of General Efflandt’s career.

The Army will announce General Efflandt’s replacement in the coming weeks. 

The warning signs were there since June. The Army had decided to put Efflandt’s transfer on hold pending an investigation into the disappearance and deaths of several soldiers at the base, many of whom had come forward with reports of sexual assault. 

The Army is investigating whether leadership failures and systemic problems at the base led to the deaths of the soldiers. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has already arrived at Fort Hood and said that members of an independent panel would begin their review of the “command climate of the installation,” to determine if there is a “sexual harassment-type toxic environment.”

The independent panel review is being overseen by Army Under Secretary James McPherson. 

“The purpose of this independent review is to examine whether the command climate and culture at Fort Hood and the military community surrounding Fort Hood respects Army values — including respect, inclusiveness, and workplaces free from sexual harassment and a commitment to diversity,” McPherson said.

Fort Hood has been plagued by a series of soldier deaths since the disappearance and death of SPC Vanessa Guillen who was last seen on the base on April 22. Her remains were discovered nearly two months after her disappearance and her dismemberment and death has been linked to a fellow soldier. That soldier later died by suicide.