Chattanooga terror attack prompts National Guard Protection Act of 2016
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The National Guard Force Protection Act of 2016 was signed into law on June 10th in a ceremony at the War Memorial Building in Nashville.
The Act provides $1.5 million to improve the security of National Guard facilities throughout the state.
Officials say the bill requires the department of military to implement force protection enhancements at national guard facilities to include AI Phones, shatter resistant film, cameras, magnetic locks, barriers and mobile ballistic shields and security enhancements.
The bill was initiated following the tragic shootings in Chattanooga at military Recruiting Stations and the Naval Reserve Center, leaving 4 Marines and 1 Sailor dead July 16, 2015.
The Tennessee National Guard has units in 76 of the state’s 95 counties composed of more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen throughout the state.