- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi National Guard is closing 10 storefront recruiting centers as soon as possible and moving them to more secure locations.

Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Christian Patterson says Tuesday the changes are coming after Gov. Phil Bryant issued an executive order saying the National Guard could increase security at its facilities.

The governor’s order Monday was in response to fatal shootings last week at military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Storefront recruiting centers for the Army National Guard are in Flowood, Greenville, Southaven, Olive Branch, Columbus, Tupelo, Hattiesburg, D’Iberville and Gulfport. A separate Air National Guard center is in Hattiesburg.

Patterson says they will be moved to nearby military facilities, such as National Guard armories or Camp Shelby.

He says the Guard does not expect any dip in recruiting levels.


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