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Navy to Post Armed Guards at Reserve Centers After Chattanooga

Navy to Post Armed Guards at Reserve Centers After Chattanooga

It’s about time

If you’re one of the people who think it’s madness to prohibit the carrying of firearms in military workplaces, there’s some good news developing.

The U.S. Navy is planning to place armed guards at reserve centers.

NBC News reports:

Chattanooga Shooting: Navy Plans Armed Guards for Reserve Centers

After a gunman killed four Marines and a sailor at a Navy Reserve Center in Chattanooga last month, the Navy plans to station armed guards at all of its reserve centers across the country, NBC News has learned.

An email sent to Naval Reservists nine days after the attack, and obtained by NBC News, says “VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!” to provide 45 days of “armed sentry watchstander duty” at 53 “NOSCs,” or Navy Reserve Centers, beginning Aug. 17, and also asks for volunteers to provide a full year of armed sentry duty at 70 reserve centers starting Oct. 17.

The Navy confirmed to NBC News that it plans to station armed personnel at all 70 reserve centers that are not located on military bases. The guards would be reservists called to active duty on an all-volunteer basis.

USA Today has more:

The guards will be posted at Navy Reserve centers that are not on military installations, such as the one attacked in Chattanooga. The decision comes in the wake of a Pentagon order to the military services to examine ways to enhance security.

Many reservists and recruiters work in independent offices in communities where they can be accessible to the public. The July 16 attack by Mohammod Abdulazeez highlighted the need to explore ways to offer protection to those buildings. Servicemen are not typically armed during the course of their normal duties at those offices. There are about 7,000 such facilities nationwide.

Obviously, one of the reasons this is happening is because armed citizens began protecting recruiting offices in the wake of the shooting.

Now if we could only convince the top brass at the Pentagon that soldiers should be trusted to carry guns on military bases, that would really be something.

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The United States Navy.

Has to beg for volunteers.

The United States Navy.

I can’t be the only one on the planet who thinks the optics here are mortifying.

Right now I have in front of my house a flag with fifteen stars and fifteen stripes.

I fly it specifically because it’s the one the Nation Anthem is about. The flag the Constitution flew when it blew the masts off the Guerriere. When Essex defeated Alert with one broadside. When Wasp crushed Frolic in a running battle during a gale. When Constitution captured both Cyane and Levant in a battle fought by moonlight. When Captain Macdonough defeated a British squadron on Lake Champlaign in a battle of maneuver, even though the American ships were anchored throughout. When a half-dozen Marines assaulted and carried the pirate fortress at Derna (you know, “the shores of Tripoli”—Derna doesn’t rhyme so well with sea). You know, that flag. And that Navy.

Damn. Maybe I should just haul it down and run up a pair of pink panties instead.


    Conservative Beaner in reply to tom swift. | August 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    F-ing A.

    What will they do to protect them when they leave work. I think it would still be better to let them keep a weapon with them at all times.

    innocent bystander in reply to tom swift. | August 9, 2015 at 8:19 am

    tom swift wrote: “Has to beg for volunteers.”

    There’s another way to look at it. The Navy knows that they don’t need to order men and women to these posts. They know that they’ll get 10 volunteers for every post. August 17 — the Marines probably were on post 2 hours before email was sent.


That’s closing half the barn door after the horses leave.

It’s a start…

Word is a paralyzed nidal hassan is irked that a compatriot got his 72, way before he will.

Present state of affairs, Pentagon. Wise Up!

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | August 8, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Only there??????????????????

    Only at Navy centers, yes. The Army still seems to be fiercely resisting this and urging citizens to report armed vigilantes ostensibly “protecting” the locations, to the police.

      Ragspierre in reply to JBourque. | August 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      It’s almost like breaking the Army was someone’s goal…

        Skookum in reply to Ragspierre. | August 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        They’ve got their hands full planning on how to accomodate transgender warriors.

          Yep, and everyone should know that each and every transgender person MUST be psychologically evaluated by at least two psychologists before any physical change is made.

          Do we want the psychologically challenged in the military?

          Do we want to pay for the cost of psychology sessions and for the medications (hormones, anti-depressants, etc.)?

          The answer is a resounding “No.”

If you can’t trust your own people… I wonder if they will have the same ROE as soldiers in combat that has left them vulnerable to “drive-by” shootings.

Letting soldiers carry their own weapons would be better. How are they going to recruit when it’s obvious they don’t want to protect their own soldiers?

Under Obama they had better put an attorney (and not a DOJ attorney) on site as well.

And, with the current field ROE’s, which severely hamstring the military and make them sitting ducks, our military must fight with one hand holding a rifle and the other holding the “Rules of Engagement” binder. Soon, they will also need to add a rainbow colored “Diversity” binder to guide (read “restrain”) their speech, their thoughts and their latrines.