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Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Executive Order To Arm Arkansas National Guard
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson followed up his order Friday to Adjutant General Major General Mark Berry authorizing him to arm full-time military personnel by issuing an Executive Order to protect the Arkansas National Guard.
The Order also directs Major General Berry to relocate Arkansas National Guard members from the state’s storefront recruiting centers to the nearest armory. The reason for the temporary relocation is to make sure these recruiting centers are adequately protected from drive-by shooting scenarios — as have previously occurred in Arkansas and elsewhere.
Last Thursday, U.S. military personnel were the victims of targeted shootings at a Navy and Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn., which resulted in the deaths of five servicemen, including Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville.