Thursday’s attack and killing of 4 Marines happened at two military recruiting and reserve centers in Chattanooga.
It brought up questions about safety inside those centers around the country – including in our area.
The Recruiting Commander News 3 spoke to says they are saddened, and prepared.
“Even though the incident happened yesterday its not something that is new to us that we couldn’t believe it could happen to us,” explained Captain Andrew Arbogast.
As the Company Commander for army recruiting in Savannah, Captain Andrew Arbogast has to have his troops ready for anything.
“We are sure that recruiters are aware of their surroundings as well as the community outside,” said Arbogast. “They are looking for suspicious activity and suspicious people so that they can continue conducting business as usual inside the recruiting center.”
A notice went out Thursday to all Army locations reminding them of protection measures.
For recruiters, who are trained soldiers but not armed, active shooter training is refreshed every year, keeping everyone in the building vigilant.
“We want to trust others and we assume that people are coming here to do the right thing but we always have to have it in the back of our minds that evil does exist and they may want to trespass on our grounds,” said Captain Arbogast.
“We go through scenarios,” said Arbogast. “We can’t always assume we know what’s going to happen, thats why the training allows us to make quick decisions and react to whatever is going to happen.”
Whatever happens, job one is the safety and protection of the recruiters themselves. Anyone who wants to sign on to protect the country.
“It doesnt matter if you are a Marine, Sailor, Coast Guard or whatever,” said the Captain. “We respect all services and when one of our brothers or sisters are killed it does hit home.”
The Army’s top officer says security at military recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed but it’s too early to say whether the facilities should have security guards or other increased protection.
General Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, told reporters Friday that arming troops in those offices could cause more problems than it might solve.