Gov. Rick Scott directs flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Tenn. victims

Scott issues order to protect Fla. National Guard in wake of Chattanooga shooting


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that all U.S. and state flags in Florida are to be flown at half-staff in honor of the five service members who were shot and killed at recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week.

The executive order goes into effect immediately throughout the state until sunset on the day of the final military member's date of interment.

Over the weekend, Scott issued an executive order directing Florida Adjunct General Michael Calhoun to take three immediate actions:

-Relocate all Florida National Guard personnel at the state's six storefront recruitment centers to the nearest Florida National Guard Armory until there are recommendations made to improve the security of store-front recruitment centers.

-Begin discussions with local law enforcement agencies to arrange regular security checks for Florida National Guard armories.

-Ensure that all qualified full-time guardsmen are adequately armed for their personal protection.

"I'll do everything I can to take care of our National Guard," Scott said during a news conference in West Palm Beach on Saturday. "I don't want anything like what happened in Tennessee to happen here."

Click here to read the governor's full executive order.

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