JACKSON, MS - This is a news release from the Mississippi Military Department.
Mississippi Army and Air National Guard recruiters will return to duty at the force's 10 storefront recruiting offices,
effective Monday, July 27.
Thorough force protection assessments have been completed to strengthen security at each storefront office. Armed Soldiers and Airmen will be present at all offices as a component of new security measures.
The offices are located in Flowood, Greenville, Southaven, Olive Branch, Columbus, Tupelo, D'Iberville, Gulfport and Hattiesburg. These cities all
feature Army National Guard recruiting offices. Hattiesburg hosts both an Army and an Air Guard storefront office.
Interest in the Mississippi National Guard remains high throughout the Magnolia State.
The Mississippi National Guard did notexperience any negative effects towards recruiting efforts during the temporary relocations of our Army and Air Guard recruiters. The Magnolia Guard invites recruits who desire to learn more about the Army National Guard to call 1-800-GO-GUARD. Candidates interested in the Air National Guard are asked to call 1-800-TO-GO-ANG.
The safety and security of our Soldiers, Airmen, and civilian employees is paramount and will forever be a top priority. The Mississippi National Guard continues efforts to arm select military personnel at all Guard facilities statewide to strengthen force protection.
Maj. Gen Augustus Collins also released a statement:
"The Mississippi National Guard would like to discourage citizens with personal firearms from standing guard at our 10 storefront recruiting offices across the state. Armed Soldiers and Airmen will be present at each location as a component of new security measures. These situations cause confusion and increase the risk of injury. Those who choose to appear at our offices with weapons will be reported to local authorities."