WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) of the Senate Armed Services Committee requesting a hearing to cover the efforts the Department of Defense (DOD) is taking regarding the protection of its service members and their families on U.S. military installations and satellite locations.
In the letter, Inhofe said, “The attacks on the Combined Armed Forces Recruiting Center and the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 16th, 2015, resulting in the deaths of four Marines, one Sailor and injuries to others, have again raised great concerns with me about the security of our service members in and out of uniform, civilian employees, and their dependents. As such, I respectfully request that you, as Chairman and Ranking Member, schedule a hearing as soon as possible on the efforts the Department of Defense (DOD) is reviewing and/or taking regarding force protection of its service members and their families.”
On July 16, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old male and naturalized US citizen, opened fire at a recruiting station and a Navy reserve center. Abdulazeez killed four Marines, one Sailor and injured two others. The shooting is being investigated as an “act of terrorism.”
“During a time when our nation is at war, I believe it is in the best interest of our military members to assess their protection while on duty, even on the homefront,” Inhofe continued to state in the letter. “…The recent incident in Chattanooga, Tennessee, highlights ongoing concerns regarding the safety of our personnel on our DOD federal military installations.”
Sen. Inhofe is requesting the hearing address force protection programs and possible future actions on all DOD federal military installations to include satellite locations such as recruiting depots and military enlistment processing stations.
For a copy of the letter, click here.