Ark. Governor authorizes National Guard to "arm full-time military personnel"

Published: Jul. 17, 2015 at 9:35 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - As the investigation into the shooting deaths of 4 Marines continues, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson authorized Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General Mark Berry to arm full-time military personnel.

The move comes in response to the shootings in Chattanooga, TN.

In a release, Governor Hutchinson also ordered the flag to be lowered at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt.

Wyatt, a Russellville native, was one of the Marines killed in the shooting.

Flags will be lowered at half-staff on Monday, July 20 in honor of Wyatt and the other Marines.

"I want to join in those who are calling for greater security at our recruiting stations and military installations," stated Hutchinson. "We've had numerous instances of attacks. Clearly they are a target, and for us to have unarmed military personnel makes no sense, which is why I am directing Major General Mark Berry to arm full-time personnel as he deems necessary at military installations."

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