President Trump with the family of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen on July 30. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

The U.S. Army released the names on its independent civilian panel which will conduct a review of Fort Hood's culture following the murder of 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillen in June.

The state of play: The five panel members will hold interviews within the Fort Hood community and analyze data — including climate surveys, inspector general reports, criminal reports and records related to sexual misconduct — to determine whether the culture at the base reflects the Army's values.

Civilians on the panel:

  • Chris Swecker
  • Jonathan Harmon
  • Carrie Ricci
  • Queta Rodriguez
  • Jack White

The big picture: Guillen's family met with President Trump on Thursday and said Guillen had complained she was sexually harassed by a fellow service member.

  • The president said the murder would be investigated "very powerfully," and offered to help pay for Guillen's funeral.

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