U.S. Fleet Forces Command has authorized arming personnel at off-base Navy Operational Support Centers around the country where reservists gather to drill.
The move to make these outlying military facilities harder targets comes in the wake of the fatal shooting at the NOSC in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where five service members were gunned down July 16, an FFC command spokesman confirmed Friday.
FFC, led by Adm. Phil Davidson, authorized a limited number of trained personnel at the NOSCs to be armed, but a spokesman for Davidson declined to specify who would be armed at entry control points, citing the need to protect specific force protection measures.
The authorization was released in a message the week of July 20.
There are about four dozen off-base NOSCs affected by the order. Fleet Forces is conducting a study of the facilities to determine the appropriate measures to put in place, the spokesman said.