Gov. Pete Ricketts has authorized Adjutant General Daryl Bohac to arm additional guardsmen in wake of the Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting that killed five service members.
Lt. Colonel Kevin Hynes, the spokesman for the Nebraska National Guard, says the Guard is acting on the authorization.
“What this does is it gives the Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard the authority to take whatever actions are deemed appropriate as we continually evaluate the need to provide security for our service members in light of the current environment,” Hynes tells Nebraska Radio Network. “While I cannot get into the actual specifics of our security operations and processes, I can say that we are continually evaluating the environment and making whatever changes are deemed appropriate to insure the safety of our service members.”
Guard personnel are armed at some Nebraska installations. The action authorizes Bohac to arm personnel at other installations, including recruiting offices.
The gunman in Tennessee first attacked a recruiting center at a strip mall in Chattanooga. He then drove to a Navy operations support center, killing four Marines and one sailor. He died in a gunfight with police.