Pentagon asks civilians to stop guarding military facilities

The Pentagon asked Friday that individuals not stand guard at the military recruiting offices in the wake of the deadly Chattanooga terror attack.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The U.S. Department of Defense is asking civilians to stop guarding military recruiting offices.

After the tragic shooting at two military facilities in Chattanooga, some civilians were outraged to learn that the men and women working in the facilities were not allowed to be armed.

Some took it upon themselves to stand guard outside recruiting centers in Middle Tennessee, but now the Pentagon is asking for that to stop.

In a statement released Friday, Press Secretary Peter Cook said:

We take the safety of our service members, our DoD civilians, and the families who support them very seriously, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is currently reviewing recommendations from the services for making our installations and facilities safer – including our recruiting stations. While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our recruiters from the American public, we ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks. We continue to partner with and rely on first responders for the safety of the communities where our service members live and work.”

A joint committee will decide on arming servicemen in Tennessee in August.

Source: news2


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