SECURITY ALERT: What I witnessed Saturday at an Army Reserve Center was deplorable.

I had a fantastic Friday evening down in Gladewater Texas with the East Texans for Liberty (ET4L) at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. This morning (Saturday) I drove back up to Dallas for my special rendezvous at noon. I met U.S. Army 1SG David Beck of the Texas National Guard at the recent Boots n’ Shoots Veterans Charity event at the Dallas Shooting Club. At that event 1SG Beck gave me an invite to his unit’s next drill weekend — that was today. It was an enjoyable two hours with the men and women of the Texas 36th Division (National Guard) at the Army Reserve Center in Grand Prairie, just south of Dallas.

I was met by Captain Smith and 1SG Beck who are the command team for Delta Company (MI), 156th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). The 56th IBCT is commanded by COL David Webb (no, not the Fox News contributor and Sirius/XM radio host). The 156th BEB command team is LTC Robert Crockem and CSM Robert Nieto. I was able to me this entire command team and speak to them about personnel and training issues — and they are doing excellently in their manning numbers. The 156th BEB will soon be conducting a deployment exercise to Ft. Hood and to the National Training Center.

It was chow time so I got to walk around and speak to the Soldiers. I chatted with one section from Delta Company and asked how many had been deployed — one raised his hand. Then I asked the group of Soldiers who was looking forward to being deployed — they all raised their hands. This is what makes our men and women the best our nation has to offer — their commitment to serve and sacrifice. This is why when I hear pundits pontificate about “America is war weary” I want to tell them to shut up. Americans are weary of the mall and reality TV. Our warriors, like this Military Intelligence Soldiers want one thing, which they confided in me — to use their talents and training to find the enemy and smoke ’em.

It was nice spending those two hours with Soldiers, brought back fond memories as I drove away — and therein lies my real concern for these warriors who were fulfilling their commitment to our nation this weekend.

Just this week, ISIS conducted several suicide bomber attacks, one in Jalalabad Afghanistan — but more disconcerting was the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Kurdistan. This past week in Ohio a man was arrested and charged as he had been in Syria training with ISIS and returned to the U.S. committed to killing our men and women in uniform. ISIS has released a list of our men and women for targeting — we wrote about that earlier this week, and the USNORTHCOM response to that threat.

And so it was when I drove onto the Army Reserve Center at Grand Prairie for a visit yesterday, I was met by a lone unarmed female contract security person who did not even take my ID and match it to my face. She came out of the shack and waved me right onto this military installation.

Yes, the Army Reserve Center at Grand Prairie is a military installation. Not only is the Army based there but also a U.S. Marine Reserve artillery unit — and the majority of their equipment is located on this installation. But, as I saw during my visit , their unit arms room and intelligence sensitive items are there as well.

So let me ask the simple question: why was the force protection status for this installation, especially during a drill weekend not higher? Why weren’t there armed U.S. military guards at the entry point to this installation? I was briefed that the Grand Prairie Police Department has jurisdiction over this installation — so where was the armed patrol unit to monitor the entry point to this installation on drill weekend?

Do you all know how serious this was? This is a pure example of a “soft target” and a “gun free zone” where our men and women in uniform were stationed. Would we allow this to happen at the Pentagon? Shall we be reminded of what happened at Ft. Hood and the Navy Yard in Washington DC?

Now, what I don’t want to happen is that some higher-up — who should be as concerned as I am — takes retribution against the leadership who was there today — who knew of my coming– and I briefed them that I was concerned about the security of the Reserve Center — they nodded in agreement.

And the Texas Army National Guard Commanding General knew of my visit — the real question is what are we going to do to correct this failure in force protection and security for our soldiers? I am a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and a former Member of Congress who served on the House Armed Services Committee. If I saw this, and did not raise the issue it would be deplorable.

And remember, Texas is the state home to the Chairmen of the House Homeland Security and Armed Services Committees. This should be a matter of deep concern for them — for all of us.

Someone needs to conduct a full-scale review of our Military Reserve Component Centers, especially during drill weekends. There is NO excuse as to why this installation was unsecured — especially with the amount of sensitive items, weapons, and equipment. However, that can be replaced. The most important resource is those Soldiers who were there going through their medical readiness update — unprotected. Unconscionable!

I know Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dempsey, stated that the Iraqi town of Ramadi was not symbolic, and his words seemed dismissive and to render Ramadi as insignificant — not true for those Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines who shed blood there.

I pray it is not the case that he and others see the Army Reserve Center in Grand Prairie as “not symbolic” because I can bet that the enemy does not. What I witnessed today was highly disturbing and should anger you as well. I truly do not expect the liberal progressive socialists to care. What do I want? A full review of reserve center security procedures and processes, especially during drill weekends. This was unacceptable. There MUST be armed security controlling entry access on any military installation — no soft targets!

Lastly, I recall at the last 2012 Presidential debate on foreign policy and national security at Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. During that debate there was a very condescending exchange where Barack Obama chided Romney about seemingly being outdated and that the military now has aircraft carriers and not horses and bayonets. Well Mr. President, while I toured the Delta Company (MI), 156th BEB arms room guess what was there on the shelf to be issued to the Soldiers? Yes, bayonets. There are many things I could say but I will say this, so much for you being an engaged and knowledgeable Commander-in-Chief — perhaps, fewer photo ops?

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Luvmylab
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Unbelievable! Ripe picking for the enemy.

L. Hale
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If and when America gets a president, that will change

Paul Sheridan
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The Governor of Texas is the CIC for the Texas National Guard. Not the President.

Hell-Cat
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Very concerning.

f0rtylegz
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It’s soo scary here in America. Soon they… you know who “they” are, will just take over, and make us their slaves! /s

Alan
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Complacency in security is a failure to expect the unexpected.

Greg L.
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FPCON FUBAR.

disqus_xIdL3YzMYs
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In 2000 I drove onto an active duty base, Fort Knox, KY
on a Sunday afternoon, with no one in the front gate security checkpoint. I recall being surprised since that is where all the government’s gold is supposed to be located!!

Paul Sheridan
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We really thought we were safe back then.

Rena
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From what I understand, I don’t think we have any there anymore… but then that could be wrong

Snap N McGarrett
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“supposed to be”.

apageantqueen
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PLEASE RUN FOR PRESIDENT, Col. West!! YOU COULD PUT AN END TO THIS NONSENSE!!

Paul Sheridan
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He actually couldn’t. He’d have to run for Governor of Texas to change procedures at a Texas National Guard installation. Guard troops only come under the national chain of command if they’re called to active duty.

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

And the POTUS has no influence at the Governor level,right?

Paul Sheridan
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No official authority. Influence maybe, you’d have to ask Greg Abott how he feels about POTUS telling him what to do with his guardsmen.

Uncle Ruckus
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Laughable

Bart VerEllen
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The CO needs a call from a retired Colonel perhaps? Today, April 18th, is the 32nd anniversary of the Beirut Embassy bombing. We know what happens when guards are not armed.

David King
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I feel your pain, Col. West. During my 20 year enlisted Navy career, I guarded many a gate, pier and ship. Too many times, there were less than qualified sentries that were under or unarmed, with post orders that didn’t make sense. The time we were most secure was right after 9/11/01. It was a time when the sentry could tell anyone regardless of rank without proper ID to pound sand, and be backed up by the COC. High security impedes expediency, but also bad guys.

Cajun Exile
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“I was met by a lone unarmed female contract security person who did not even take my ID and match it to my face.” Well the job pays the same whether she checks your ID or not and besides….nothing bad has ever happened on her watch yet….

Rena
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From about 2009 to 2012 we had security officers guarding the gates where I live. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why we didn’t have armed military guards. I asked my ex why this was the case, he said they wanted to position the MPs at other places.. I said this is a waste of money. In 2012 they put MPs back at the gate and built some very impressive barricades. I know I sure wouldn’t want to smash into one of those. But as far as what Col West saw, it doesn’t surprise me how lax… Read more »
azygos
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And now that everybody on the planet knows its unguarded because of you LTC West, if something happens who is at fault? Are not these sort of things better kept quiet and brought to the attention of the commander of the base?

Kathleen Lathrop
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So what should they have done about the gyrocopter incident the other day? Keep that hush hush too? It was all over the news!

silentsighing
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They already know.

Roopods6
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He did bring it to their attention and was then briefed that the Grand Prairie Police Department has jurisdiction over the installation. I guess you commented without reading the article. If you really think the enemy doesn’t know about the lax security of such facilities then you’re living in a fantasy world. I’m sure changes were made in the security that he isn’t going to discuss about here though.

Rena
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Do you think that West is the only one who has seen this… wow you really underestimate the enemy don’t you…

silentsighing
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People should really read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” Underestimating the enemy is a fatal mistake. Popular thought categorizes the enemy as ignorant, backward, camel-riding, goat-loving morons from the backwater of the world…and some are, perhaps. But too many of them are actually educated, Western-savvy, technologically literate, ruthless, cunning warriors. They know us better than we know them. And to continue to pretend that they are simply ignorant hicks is to underestimate them and only serves to lower our defenses against the very-real threat.

Rena
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Completely agree… And that is why we are at a disadvantage now, not only because too many are underestimating them but our military is being weakened from within.

Nathan
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Nothing new. Even coalition security troops on a NATO base in Afghanistan their protocol was standoff distance ID check, we made it a game to hold up whatever we had, Expired Roshan phone cards, Eagle cards. They would verify with binos. And as we aproached after being waved ahead as long as we looked the part of US in our Ford Rangers or hilux we were waved through without another halt. Is US troops were manning gates it would be a different story.

William Bush
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Allen West for President! Then our military will be taken care of, the kiddy gloves will come off of our soldiers, and ISIS will run back to the holes they crawled from with our missiles hot on their tails.

Skirts & Daggers
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dang. the base i am attached to..you cant even get a pizza delivered on base. security is so flippn high. ive lived on many bases and all them had super high security along w/ random vehicle checks. all of them. but these were air force bases. not sure if that matters.

not good what you encountered today.

Kathleen Lathrop
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I live near Ft Bragg and there are vehicle checks (random) and armed guards at all gates. Although they have a machine to read the IDs the guards are still there.

Mitch Henderson
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Let’s hope higher command takes positive action and not retribution tactics on local command. Every base could use an independent set of eyes to review and straighten the security

silentsighing
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Sir, unsecured housing and bases are the story in Europe, too. When we asked about it, we got some BS about “local politics” and “logistics.” Just like sitting ducks…

lokiswife
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Our so-called “Commander in Chief” is truthfully the “Crackpot in Charge”. Our country and our military deserve much better than this sorry excuse for a CIC….

will_ford
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STUPIDITY REINS WITH obozo the worthless!!

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Paul Sheridan
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The CIC of the Texas National Guard is the Governor of Texas not POTUS. Only if a Guard unit is called to active duty does it come under the national chain of command. Just FYI.

GRusling
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You’re full of it and don’t know what you’re talking about…

Paul Sheridan
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If mobilized for federal service, the member or unit becomes part of the Army National Guard of the United States, which is a reserve component of the United States Army.

lokiswife
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Texas is smarter than most states and gutsier to take that power back from the nuts in DC….

Paul Sheridan
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That’s actually due to federal law. It’s the same for all Guard units.

GRusling
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The “Texas State Militia” is not a part of the National Guard (Army Reserve) or the “State Guard” (which no longer exists)…

Paul Sheridan
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I got my information off the Texas Military Forces website. If it’s wrong or out of date then I’ll delete my comments. I’m not looking to misinform anyone.

Mr_Milmont
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We have armed ANG security police manning the main gate 24/7 at my Air Guard unit and it’s been this way for years. Of course, the AF ain’t as dumb as you army derps!

Hypo
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The big ANG logistics base near me is tight.
They usually have 4 armed guards at each entrance.
The CDC and the local Fed are tight as well.
I’m a delivery driver. Downtown Federal building, layered but not obvious security. It is there and they have procedures.
Large LEO presence in the area.
Our Capital has M4 armed State Troopers.
Trying to run amok in ATL will get you shot down quickly.
We have armed citizens as well.

Dailyfan
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Perhaps the lack of security is because the powers who are now controlling the military are actually trying to get an incident to occur. Justification for martial law is all they are waiting for so they have an excuse to take the guns. The American people now what is going on, and they will respond accordingly. Pass that along to your military buddies. Jade Helm is being sold to American towns as training for overseas engagements. We know the truth and we will be ready.

Reba-"HAD ENOUGH YET"
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Reba-"HAD ENOUGH YET"

Very True, but I will believe it, when I see the “American Citizens” take a stand.

Paul Deckelman
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The Beirut bombing, the U.S.S. Cole, 9/11, Fort Hood — all examples of how this country generally – and the people whose job it was to pay attention to security matters specifically — were caught flat-footed and unaware, vulnerable to a devastating surprise attack by a ruthless enemy, much as we had been similarly caught asleep at the switch on the original “date that will live in infamy” on Dec. 7, 1941. As the philosopher George Santayana so wisely observed, “those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Susang
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My brother, also a retired Lt Colonel would totally agree with you. My opinion is stop the signing of the one world government agreement between the world leaders in New York on September 25 this year. This will not only stop the forward movement of a socialist society as well as a forth coming police state.

Brendan
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It will also stop the lizard people too, right?

Paul Sheridan
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No, we’re going to need to develop advanced technology to trap them in huge drinking glasses and then transport them back to their home planet.

Earl Lee
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WOW Allen….you WHINE about EVERYTHING!! MUWAAAAAA!!

m4time
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Leave your doors and windows unlocked at night from now on.

will_ford
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ARE YOU STUPID? DO you know what a DEFENSE PERIMETER IS D.A??.GO to where ever you think you need to be an commit SAMICIDE STUPID!

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

Wow Earl Lee, you whine about everything and you are not very bright!.

youcanthavemyfreedom
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Wow, sounds like something I’d say.

will_ford
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EARL STUPID?? You do realize COL’s Are usually pretty sharp of WHAT THEY KNOW!! SHUT UP STUPID!! DAMN YOUR DUMB!

Brendan
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Really? Then this should blow your mind…
Half of Mr West’s post about the military are him criticizing army generals.
So if you think intelligence is based on rank… do you attack Mr West for criticizing people smarter than him since he was only a Lieutenant Colonel?

Mack
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I served the Texas Army National Guard / now Texas Military Forces for 14 years, this is not new to me, saw a little of this all over the state. And if you are think this is bad, go to McAllen or along the border. Some Guard units only have a building to meet in, and have to go somewhere else for drill.

MotherBatherick
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Col West, thank you. It is my opinion that not only did you do the right thing in bringing this up with those officers but also, letting your readers know how our uniformed are being mistreated and disrespected.

We need a REAL Commander-in-Chief. If not Col West, he’d darn sure make a fine Secretary of Defense. Either way, he’d do his damn job.

Texas Mimi
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I agree that Col. West would make an excellent Secretary of Defense. He’d kick butt and take names later!

Paul Sheridan
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Kicking butt and taking names isn’t really the SECDEFs job. You can get a good idea of what the job entails by looking at who his direct reports are. Look at how many of these are basically accountants and R&D jobs. It’s a really complicated administration job that mostly deals with long term planning. In most cases you don’t know whether you’ve got a good SECDEF or a bad one until a decade after they retire. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer (USD(C)/CFO) Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence… Read more »
Texas Mimi
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Looks like a whole lot of people need to be fired, and cut down to something that makes sense. Too much overlap, which is a huge waste. But, that’s what’s wrong with our government now!

Paul Sheridan
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The DoD is the largest employer in the world and its annual budget is more than the market cap of most Fortune 500 companies. I’m not disagreeing with you that there’s a lot of inefficiency in the system but even cut to the bone it would remain an enormous organization with an unbelievably complicated mission.

boggy4062
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Let’s see… This is under the President who believes that we have 57 states in the nation, FBI director who is convinced that Nazi and Auschwitz were Polish not German… Christians and Catholic Church are labeled as hate/.domestic terrorist groups…. What else do we need?
Total bunch of incompetent fools who gave us Benghazi and now ISIS.

Keith Williams
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How about gay marriages….what is wrong with our government? Muslims are against the American way of life, they do not believe in freedom of religion. America is getting soft and other countries have little or no respect for us. Even our own President has no respect for us and can lie to our face about his beliefs. He cried about Bush adding to the nation’s debt, Obama doubled it and is making American money a joke and he is all about bleeding America to death. It is unclear if he is even is an American citizen or an exchange student… Read more »
Paul Sheridan
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The commander of the Texas National Guard is the Governor of Texas, not POTUS. The chain of command stops at him when the guard is not on active duty.

boggy4062
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Sure… and when Katrina hit New Orleans, it wasn’t the fault of Democrats running the state and the city, but the President’s who happened to be … Republican? Yeah, as liberal started the game of blame, we can play it too. It was/is/and will be OBAMA’s fault!

Paul Sheridan
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It doesn’t work if you admit you’re playing the blame game in advance. In any case the President of the United States is not part of the Guard’s chain of command until/unless he activates them to federal duty. He literally couldn’t overrule the Governor if he wanted to unless he declared a state of emergency. You know, if there was a hurricane or something like that. Then it would be his responsibility.

boggy4062
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True…You made my point. So why the same rules did not apply to George W. Bush? He was, still is, blamed for Katrina’s mess in New Orleans, even though it was clearly Democrat governor andDemocrat major who didn’t do their jobs.

Paul Sheridan
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See above: Presidentially declared State of Emergency. FEMA did a crappy job in New Orleans in 2004. There’s no way around that. And the FEMA director was appointed by GWB. No way around that.
Yeah, the mayor and the governor did a lousy job too that’s obvious. But they’re not the President of the United States and as Harry Truman said “the buck stops here.”

roger
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you are wrong the pres orders up the national guard for regular service with regular army state gov authorizes only for state emergency or disaster

Paul Sheridan
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Right but there’s still a chain of command when they’re not activated for anything other than training and according to the Texas Military Forces website that chain of command goes up to the governor.

GRusling
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The “Texas National Guard” exists in name only, since the 1970’s when it was absorbed by, and became part of the US Army Reserve. The Governor of Texas only commands such units as “HE” calls to active duty in a “STATE” emergency. Unless called to duty by the Governor (of whatever State), all Guard units are part of the US Army Reserve under the same command as the regular, active duty Army…

Texas Mimi
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Well, there are 57 muslim nations, maybe that’s what 0 was thinking about, LOL! He’s such an idiot who thinks he’s so smart, as do most of the politicians. I have yet to figure out why news commentators continue to say what a great speaker he is, ROFLMBO! Only if it’s something on the TOTUS!

Clifton Ralph Gray
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Our country is being conditioned and offered up for a nation wide Jihad by the Muslims who are being imported as refuges.I fell this in my heart and can see it with my military eye

Flower
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I agree, Clifton, and nobody is trying to stop it…

Brendan
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Hey Mr West, thanks for posting, on the world wide web, what you think is a vulnerable point in the security at a military instillation.

When your neighbors are out of town, do you post signs in the neighborhood , alerting the public that there is an empty unprotected house?

JamesDDean
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Mr. West was just pointing out the obvious. When I was in the Army during the early 80’s, Ft. Bragg had open access. Certain areas like the ASP, “special munitions” storage, Pope AFB, etc., had special security areas that were manned 24-7. If you think Mr. West let the proverbial cat out of the bag, you are seriously underestimating the intel gathering abilities of our adversaries.

Jim Stone
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My exact same thoughts! He should now be viewed as a tray or to our national security!

Celtic Crazy
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“Native” New Yorker? I’d say you’re more of a NAIVE New Yorker liberal troll. Army Veteran (which I question) or not you obviously have nothing productive to add to the conversation given the content of your posts. For the myriad of post that you make, you have very little up votes for your efforts.

Brendan
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Sorry kid if you think anyone who disagrees with your hero isn’t a real veteran. That’s just pathetic.
It’s also pathetic that you think everyone on a discussion board has to agree and support the author.
This isn’t a fan board for blind worshipers.
And I don’t give a damn about up votes. I’ll even give you one if you think they’re so important.

Steve
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Brendan, do you not?

Steve
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One of these days I hope to shake your hand, sir. Lay the heat on that ass. While on a parallel issue, what is your opinion on concealed carry for our military while aboard installations? My personal opinion is not only a “Yes” but a “Hell Yes.” I would even invest significant personal time and ammo into a training course tailored to our needs if that’s all it took to secure those rights

FollowDaMoney
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Surprise Surprise Surprise

Jim Stone
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So I’m reading your article and I’m thinking to myself during your rant about the lack of armed security “ISIS uses the internet and probably reads articles like this. And you just showed them that there is an easy target for them to attack.” Good job!

David Jordan
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how is anyone supposed to know if you don’t say anything,jim? and, if you keep it between the tow of you to get something done, it will never get done in the government. especially in th earea where they are speakin gof. mybe somebody in position of doing something will see this and do something about it.

Paul Sheridan
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I generally think Allen West is a waste of good oxygen but in this case he’s done the right thing. He talked to the chain of command first to explain his concerns and then publicized the problem to keep the heat on them. That’s how you force change in a large bureaucracy.

chaneyfamily7
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I had that same thought, but I also feel that it is our duty as Americans to expose the ugly truth wherever it may be found. I fear for our reservists in Grand Prairie!

Flower
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I fear for our entire military, with this “commander in chief”…

Just last year alone, with open homosexuality thrown into our military, there were 24,000 male on male sexual assaults in our military! Morale is at an all-time low and should we need our military to actually protect America, we will be in HEAP BIG TROUBLE (as Tonto would have said).

FedUpWithWelfareStates
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FedUpWithWelfareStates
LtCol. West: As you well know, you have just committed the most egregious of all sins in the military, which is that of pointing out the truth as it relates to the actual status of a military unit. Where “Every Exercise was the most successful in the history of exercises. Where every inspection was the best unit to be inspected in the history of inspections,” our military, sans the young warriors who still believe in serving their country, is a farce. It is full of posers (of course, not all, but a large majority) who have built their careers on… Read more »
chaneyfamily7
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Who is ultimately responsible for this craziness? Why, our “commander-in-chief”, of course…and I do use that term lightly!

Paul Sheridan
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The security at a National Guard base is the responsibility of the Guard commander-in-chief which is the Governor of Texas in this case.

GRusling
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Wrong. The Governor is only in charge of such National Guard units as are called into service by him, during a “STATE” emergency. At all other times these units and their facilities are the responsibility of the Army Reserve, out of Washington DC, under the same CIC as the active duty Military…

Lt. Colonel Allen West certainly knows whereof he speaks…

Paul Sheridan
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I think you’re wrong about that. My understanding is that the Guard is ordered to active duty for training weekends by the governor.

El Gato
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Training weekends, Guard or reserve, are not active duty. Yes, they wear their uniforms, and MAY, but likely don’t handle weapons. But they are in a civilian status. Only “annual active duty for training” is different, and it’s still not quite the same as being on active duty. I was only on guard “active duty” for one week, most of my time was in the reserve.

Guest
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So many things are wrong here. First, the unit is not on a National Guard base. They are on a Armed Forces Reserve Complex where also the FBOP resides. The Army Reserves only owns the buildings, not the land. The contractors at the gate are employed by the FBOP not DoD. The National Guard is co-located with the Army Reserves in Federal buildings that are locked 24/7, not in armories. Also, El Gato, Guard and Reserve are not in a civilian status on drill weekeds, do some research. Oh and yes they do use weapons every month. Just go talk… Read more »
Paul Sheridan
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Huh, man the Guard is confusing. So who’s the CiC when you’re on training weekends?

Guest
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We only have one commander in chief which is the President of the United States. The guard’s “boss” is the governer. However, if there is a presidental call-up, i.e. Iraq and Afghanistan, the president can order them to title 10 (federal) duty and use them with the active Army and Army Reserve.

Paul Sheridan
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Well Greg Abott seems to think he’s the commander in chief of the states military forces which would be the Army Guard, Air Guard and State Guard. From what I’m reading now the Guard falls under the national chain of command if and only if ordered to federal duty under title 10. The rest of the time it has it’s own chain of command that ends with the governor of the state.
http://gov.texas.gov/about/duties

guest
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That is correct. But the title Commander in Chief is the President. The governer is a state commander in chief but only of guard personnel. But like I said before, the president can trump the governer if he needs more troops for a presidential call-up.

Paul Sheridan
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Thanks for clearing that up.

Azgunsel
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After reading many of these Posts, I find it very ignorant and completely lacking in common sense, to chide Allen West for pointing out the Lack of Security at a Military Installation. I would rather it be pointed out now, before an Attempt by some 8th Century Animal bombs the installation. This is called Readiness, and it requires someone Critique the Facility. If I remember correctly, 9/11/2001 happened because the warnings of an FBI Agent in Arizona were disregarded as inconsequential because he had noticed that the suicide bombers were training in taking off in the large passenger Jets, but… Read more »
chaneyfamily7
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As a former correctional officer, I can assure you that Texas Department of Criminal Justice has better screening of people entering the premises for visits with the inmates.

Bill Wicklund
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It makes no sense to me to have a military base be a ‘gun-free zone’. Why?

Keith Williams
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Lmfao….I am sorry but this last comment was the straw that made me speak up!! Military base and gun free zone do not belong in the same sentence because there is no way you can have a military base that is a gun free zone. This is the first I have ever heard about a military base being gun free. Military to me means weapons and lots of them. When I see an American soldier, I see a man who is well trained and disciplined in all forms of engagement. Just to be clear our soldiers should almost always have… Read more »
Daryl Watson
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I believe this is an Obama policy, military are not allowed to carry arms on military installations in the US.

Max Bond
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I believe it was Clinton who started the not guns on base thing. When I was stationed at Long Binh we were not allowed to carry on base and that was in a combat zone. Every duty day I had to check out an M16 from the supply shack to go off base.

Daryl Watson
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Clinton was not president during Vietnam. Vietnam ended in 1975. Clinton was elected in 1992. I was stationed on the outskirts of DaNang in 1969-70. We were not a combat company, but we did have m16’s when I arrived and kept them until some idiot in our company shot himself in the chest. The m16s were removed from the company and after that all we had were m60s in our guard towers. We were right next to marble mountain and the village outside our perimeterr was considered to be VC, We never really had any problems do to the lack… Read more »
Max Bond
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Clinton was the president that wrote an executive order forbidding military to carry arms on bases in the US. That executive order has never been rescinded. I just mentioned my experience to show how stupid taking arms away from men are. The war was won for all practical purposes when you got to Vietnam. I drove a recon jeep into the jungle north of Bien Hoa from September 67 until Tet started the next February when Tet started then we sat and watched the dragon ship make hamburger out of the VC. After the VC gave up on Ben Hoa… Read more »
Flower
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Umm 2 words, Keith – Ft. Hood.

It was a gun-free zone and 14 people were murdered.

Combat_Vet
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Bill Clinton I believe

David Jordan
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i was stationed at grand prairie when it was naval air station , dallas, texas.i worked base security, master-at-arms . i remember standing watch at the back gate on the army national guard side with nothing more than a ruger security six .38 (whch was worn out. i had to qualify with a personal weapon to pass the test.)a baton, and a radio. that gate was very secluded. if someone wanted to come on base, one shot could take me out before i could get a radio call off (being that my guard shack was in the middle of the… Read more »
David Jordan
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i know a way you can stop all of this and cut a little defense spending to boot. get rid of civilian contractors for the military base security and put soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines on those points.i’ll bet there are plenty of trained individuals able to stand that watch armed with what they need and defend those gates and perimeters. at a feaction of what it would cost. every branch of service has it’s own military police type rates. th earmy has th emilitary police, the navy has th emaster at arms, the marines have the navy master at… Read more »
El Gato
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Actually, for various reasons, soldiers tend to be at least as expensive, if not more. But just looking at pay of soliders verses the cost of a contractor, is misleading. And if they are guarding the gates, they aren’t training for their primary function. But the real problem is not enough troops, and not enough budget. That’s why bases and posts went to civilian contract guards in the first place. Ft. Hood had armed civilian contract guards, as well as DoD civilian armed police and Army MPs on patrol. Prior to 9-11 Ft. Hood, and Ft. Riley too, were open… Read more »
Jerry Sutton
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Bullshit’, obviously your don’t know anything about—-opp’s perhaps i don’t know how shitty things are nowadays. I stood watch over our aircraft as and advisor in Vietnam in 1964 with a screwdriver for a weapon. For political reasons we were not authorized to have a weapon. But at least we were military.

David Jordan
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elgato, as master at arms, air police, and military police, they ARE performing their duties. that is the primary function of these mos’s(nec’s for the navy) are for. security of the assigned areas.so how would that keep them from training in their primary function? i think that the fact that they are not used for their primary function is why we have the problems.civilians can call in sick, or , for all kinds of reasons, not be there to do their job. military don’t have that option. we are paying these military police a salary and benefits. then we are… Read more »
Paul Sheridan
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We don’t have MPs guarding the gates at FOBs overseas. At least, not more than any unit. If that’s their specialty then why have an MOS who only do their jobs stateside? That can be done by civilians for a lot less money. The civilians salary is a lot more but the government isn’t responsible for their housing, rations, health care, morale, GI Bill etc.

sidneydave
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Look at domestic security in general. We have people climbing the fence and entering the White House, 4 year olds crawling under the fence, flying helicopter to the Capital building, and none of them were trained terrorists. How vulnerable are we with open boarders and unarmed security at military posts?

GRusling
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Our federal government has no idea what it means to secure a perimeter. The best and brightest of our military commanders have been “retired” by the Obama Administration, and a bunch of “theorists” have replaced them.

Welcome to the wonderful world of academia, where reality never intrudes…

dilligras
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Personally, I would give slightly more priority to changing the PC mindset that allowed Hassan (I refuse to recognize any rank for him) to continue meeting with our returning soldiers after his loyalties became questionable due to overt, public statements that expressed sympathy for our enemy.

We are at war with islam. PERIOD! To be allowing them to infiltrate our military ranks with impunity is an act of treason in itself. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot do you think “aid and comfort MEANS, anyway?

Jerry Sutton
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How many soldiers did Hassan give counseling, that committed suicide is my question?? It should be investigated!!!!!!!!!!!!

Poco
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Maybe it’s a set up for another false flag event.

Flower
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Do you believe Ft. Hood was a “false flag event”??

Ed
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And you Sir…just to;d that to any terrorist or nut case out there……I understand your concerns…but not your wisdom.

Gforce4ever
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Indeed, you have fronted out the installation that needs more security, so you may have inadvertently sealed its fate with respect to breach and danger. Thank you so much for looking beyond your selfish and myopic scope. My brothers and sisters-in-arms will certainly appreciate you and your ilk. There are proper ways to deal with such issues, and you clearly avoided them.

Jerry Sutton
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Soooo— if you keep your mouth shut and don’t speak out to the public, the present leaders ( who are obviously incompetent) will correct the situation. Baahhaaaaaa. Stick your head in the sand. PROPER WAYS BHAAAAAAAA

Gforce4ever
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Your logic took a wrong turn, Jerry, as did your assumptions. Take a moment and regroup. You’ll find your way out of the trap. If you don’t, enjoy the cheese.

Major Tom
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After seeing an unarmed Corporal shot dead there….Canada’s Defence Dept is spending $425,000 per year to the Ottawa City Police to guard the unarmed but trained soldiers/sentries at the National War Memorial. Rather than issue $40.00 worth of 5.56mm rounds…..they’ll spend the babysitting amount and it’s to be an annual commitment……It’s unforgivable………..

Dan O'Connell
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Try Getting on Camp Lejeune?
100% ID check with Armed Marines at the Gate. Let’s not forget Beruit