HUGE Military News: Countless Lives May Be Saved!
It’s about time! The Air Force has decided that allowing members of the military to defend themselves is a good idea after all.
After reviewing recent active shooter cases, officials took action to aid service members in protecting themselves and the bases where they are stationed.
A letter was sent out to base commanders across the country earlier this month. The letter reaffirmed the authority of the commanders to grant permission for those under their jurisdiction to carry firearms. This includes both while on duty and off duty, out of uniform.
The reminder may have been necessary considering that Dept. of Defense directive 5210.56 states:
“Arming DoD personnel with firearms shall be limited and controlled. Qualified personnel shall be armed when required for assigned duties and there is reasonable expectation that DoD installations, property, or personnel lives or DoD assets will be jeopardized if personnel are not armed…Arming DoD personnel (i.e., administrative, assessment, or inspection, not regularly engaged in or directly supervising security or law enforcement activities) shall be limited to missions or threats and the immediate need to protect DoD assets or persons’ lives.”
Basically, it is saying that if a service member doesn’t absolutely need a gun, they probably shouldn’t bring it on base. Understandably, there was some confusion.
After the killing of 5 unarmed military personnel last July, high-ranking officials were forced to reexamine things.
In addition to the letter confirming authority, the Air Force has put three new programs into place. These programs are designed to help make sure that members of the military carrying firearms are in position to better protect their duty stations.
Maj. Keith Quick told Military.com “None of these programs gives the installation commander authorizations they didn’t already have the authorization to do. We are now formalizing it and telling them how they can use these types of programs more effectively.”
Congratulations to the Air Force for now allowing their members to live up the AF motto: “Aim High… Fly-Fight-Win.”
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan
source: Fox News