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Mississippi National Guard recruitment centers reopen Monday

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) -

Monday, National Guard recruitment centers across Mississippi reopened.

Gov. Phil Bryant ordered assessments on Mississippi's National Guard recruitment centers. His goal was to make sure the centers were as safe as possible.

An armored service vehicle sat outside the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard on Goodman Road, signifying recruiters returning to duty statewide Monday.

"We shut them [recruiting centers] down temporarily to review security measures just to make sure we can implement some extra precautions to keep our soldiers safe," Colonel Ron Michael said. "And to make sure the public knows that we're adhering the governor's policy."

It has been more than a week since a man burst into a Chattanooga recruitment office and started shooting.

Investigators said Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez crashed through the gate armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, and a vest full of extra ammunition. Recruiters at the office did not have guns.

Police managed to shot and kill Abdulazeez, but not before he shot and wounded an officer.

"Before the tragedy in Chattanooga, guards didn't carry weapons on the property but Monday morning, recruiters posted this notice on the door letting everyone know there is now armed personnel," said Michael.

Colonel Michael said internal assessments led to the strengthened security.

"We now keep our doors locked," he added.

As the last of the memorial services were held for the shooting victims, Michael said they hope the policy changes will serve as added protection.

"It's tragic that they were doing their mission to recruit people and take care of soldiers, airmen, marines, and navy personnel. They lost their life in that manner," Colonel Michael said.

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