Governor Bryant Authorizes National Guard Adjutant General to Arm Personnel at State Military Facilities
JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an Executive Order authorizing the Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, to arm certain full-time military personnel at military facilities, including certain National Guard recruiting centers. The governor’s action follows a deadly attack on two military recruiting facilities in Tennessee last week.
“As commander in chief of the Mississippi National Guard and as governor of the state of Mississippi, I take the safety and security of our military personnel very seriously,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “These men and women put their lives on the line to protect us, and they deserve the opportunity to defend themselves from violent attacks.”
The Executive Order also directs the Mississippi National Guard to examine existing security policies and procedures at military facilities throughout Mississippi and identify any opportunities to enhance the security of those facilities.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of our heroes lost in the terrible shootings in Tennessee,” The Adjutant General of Mississippi Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins said. “The security and safety of our Mississippi National Guard personnel is a top priority. We support Governor Bryant's executive order to strengthen security for our Magnolia Guardsmen."
There are approximately 12,500 soldiers and airmen in the Mississippi National Guard.
Mississippi National Guard recruiters work in nine standalone recruiting offices and also work on college campuses and at Community Readiness Centers around the state. The Mississippi National Guard operates two military installations—Camp McCain and Camp Shelby—and has a presence in 72 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.
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There are woods across from the gate. Perfect hiding ground for a sniper to support the attack. Ready for this? The facility used to be big blue letters that read "Military Police" on the side of the building housing the MP's that was visible to the road. Nothing like telling terrorists which building to go after first. The letters are now removed and the chain link fence was finally replaced by a real iron fence. The purpose of this note is to give you some idea of how well these posts are defended.
Hopefully the Adjutant General might review the security of our National Guard facilities. He should at a minimum, bring in some guys from 20th group and ask them to review and spot the flaws in those posts. The Adjutant General should also determine whether full-time guard personnel should qualify with sidearms and be allowed to carry them. Many readers will say such recommendations are wrong. There is nothing wrong with having such a debate. What is wrong is playing ostrich and pretending base security does not need to be reviewed.
The Governor should also make sure Dip is allowed no where near the review process (Inside joke).