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Pentagon Asks Armed Civilian Recruiting Center Guards To Stand Down

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In a statement released by the Pentagon, and following a discharge of a firearm by a civilian guarding a recruiting center in Lancaster, Ohio on July 23, the Pentagon is asking the civilians who have volunteered to provide armed overwatch on the recruiting centers to stand down.

Today, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook released the following statement:

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.

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