• Gov. Scott issued order to close Air National Guard recruiting offices, two in Jacksonville

    By: Larry Spruill


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott signed executive order 15-137 on Saturday, which instructs the Florida Adjunct General to take immediate actions in securing Florida Guardsmen who work in recruiting centers.

    The order requires all Guardsmen to relocate from the offices until improved security is in place.

    On a normal Saturday, the Air National Guard recruiting office on Beach Boulevard would be open, assisting people with information on how to join, but this Saturday, the office was closed.

    Justin Thillips, deputy communication director for the Department of Military Affairs, said they are not sure if this is a permanent move, and the threat level is being monitored.

    “We are grateful to the governor for his continued support and concern to the safety of our soldiers,” Thillips said.

    Safety was compromised this week in Chattanooga in what U.S. officials are calling an act of domestic terrorism at the United States Armed Services Recruiting Center. Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire, shooting seven people and killing five.

    “It really hits home when other service members are targeted like that, especially in a public environment,” Thillips said.

    Jason Saredy is retired from the Army National Guard. He said he was shocked when he heard the news, but he feels closing these store front offices may be too much.

    “Some of that might have been an isolated incident. You can't expect something like that to happen everywhere,” Saredy said.

    There is also a Florida National Guard recruiting office on Baymeadows Road. 


    PDF: Executive Order protecting Fla. National Guard


    "I will do everything I can to protect our National Guard," Scott said.

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