Security at local military recruiting centers unchanged

The Times Square military recruiting station displays insignia for each military branch, Friday, July 17, 2015, in New York. Security at military recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – 10 On Your Side reached out to the Richmond U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion to find out if it is changing or increasing security measures in light of the deadly shootings Thursday at two recruiting facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn. Four Marines were killed after the gunman, identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, opened fire. He was then killed by police.

Leslie Tomaino, Chief of Advertising and Public Affairs for the Richmond Recruiting Battalion, provided the following statement regarding security in the Hampton Roads area.

Our recruiters here in Hampton Roads and throughout the DoD are trained to be aware of, and react to, incidents that threaten public safety like the one in Chattanooga. Recruiters are always in a protection and security awareness mode and have relationships with local law enforcement.

Regardless of the situation, our recruiters are taking the appropriate precautions, exercising safety measures to look out for the welfare of soldiers and citizen in our recruiting centers.

Our recruiters receive regular active shooter training and anti- terrorism training so they know what to do. The safety and security of our Soldiers is always our top priority and will continue to be. Recruiting operations are ongoing in all Army recruiting centers to ours in the Richmond U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion. These rare, violent incidents will not impact US Army Recruiting Command’s mission of putting fine young men and women into the Army.”

Friday, the names of the four Marines killed July 16 were officially confirmed and the U.S. Marine Corps released a statement about the investigation into the tragedy.

The Marines were identified as:

  • Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan (USMC) of Hampden, Massachusetts
  • David A. Wyatt (USMC) of Burke, North Carolina
  • Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist (USMC) of Polk, Wisconsin
  • Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells (USMCR) of Cobb, Georgia

“Our priorities are focused on supporting the families of our Marines involved and assisting federal investigators. The incident has not changed the Marine Corps’ resolve to maintain a presence in our communities.  Our reserve centers will remain open, and continue with the mission of augmenting and reinforcing the active component Marine Corps with trained units and individual Marines,” said Sergeant Aaron I. Diamant with Recruiting Station Richmond.

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