DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2015 – Defense Secretary Ash Carter approved immediate force-protection steps in the wake of yesterday's shooting incidents in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four Marines dead and a Navy sailor wounded, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today.
Carter also has directed the services to examine additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of service members and civilians at military installations, Cook said in a statement, and has asked for recommendations by the end of next week.
The Defense Department continues to gather information on the circumstances surrounding the tragedy in Tennessee, including the specific security measures in place at the two facilities, Cook said.
“[The secretary's] thoughts and prayers are with the families of the four Marines who lost their lives in this horrific act, and those injured in the shootings,” Cook's statement said. “He is grateful for the service members and first responders whose quick actions likely saved lives."