Breaking: “Incident” Reported Near Millington Navy Base, 2 Reported Shot

The amphibious transport dock ship San Antonio, seen here in April, has arrived in the Mediterranean Sea. (MC3 Lacordrick Wilson:Navy)

The U.S. Navy’s twitter account is reporting that there has been an “incident” near their naval facility in Millington (near the National Guard building). Others are reporting that two people have been shot and the shooter is in custody, though no word on their condition. While we wait for more details, we here at TTAG would like to remind you readers that military bases in the United States are technically “gun free” zones, as concealed carry is illegal and firearms are not issued to members of the military who are not on guard duty.


  1. avatar Pig humper says:

    And millington is primarily a training base for aviation units (Navy and Marine) Kind of like great Lakes in Chicago. Almost all Young recruits/first year in the service guys and instructors.

    1. avatar JustTheFacts says:

      Not correct. Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millinton is the home of Navy Personnel Command. You may be thinking of Naval Air Station Meridian, the location where for initial jet training in the T-45 Goshawk. Furthermore, NAS Pensacola is the first stop for enlisted aviation personnel, as it’s the location of the majority of A and C schools for aviation billets.

      1. avatar Pig humper says:

        So they moved all those navy schools from AM, AD, PRs, etc from tenn.?

        1. avatar Charles5 says:

          There may be a few A or C Schools there, but I can’t remember. Millington is primarily for NAVPERS.

        2. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

          The Navy moved all the A and C schools to P’cola in ’95. Now we house Personnel Command, Recruiting Command, and a host of other Navy and DOD tennants.

          We went on lockdown and to FPCon Charlie at about 1:15 Central time. By 2:15 it was over, the base was re-opened, and I could go outside for a smoke.

  2. avatar Matt in FL says:

  3. avatar Mike says:

    Depends on the base, but back in my Navy day’s we always carried the M9’s (in a duty status) with a round chambered. (Condition 1). Granted, if you were not in a duty status, you didn’t have one.

    1. avatar Pig humper says:

      Yeah but what year was that? Since like the 80’s or 90’s or so All military bases have been disarmed unless you are specifically part of base security/MPs or specifically on watch. This was looked at deeply after the Navy Yard shooting when everyone wondered how it could happen at a military base…

      Well Military bases in the US are gigantic gun free zones today.

      1. avatar Mike says:

        This was circa 2007. On watch security personnel equipped with firearms carried condition 1. As far as I know, to this day, this is still current shipboard practice.

        1. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

          Certainly the case hete at NSA Mid-South. However, there are about 5000 people on this base (not counting families in baase housing) and at any given time maybe 30 of them are carrying in condition one.

    2. avatar B says:

      We always carry the M9 with a round chambered when I was on watch. Empty gun with slide to the rear, clearing barrel, insert mag, release slide. Do they seriously not have a round chambered on bases in the States? That is absolutely insane.

      1. avatar Pig humper says:

        Today only on-duty security forces are armed at all. You could be a 300 series Marine but you are disarmed unless you are on a planned training event. You’re running around to medical today, going to get checkout on some vehicle, feild daying shit, etc (a standard day) you are not armed.

      2. avatar SleepingJake says:

        When I was in Iraq in 2011 we didn’t even carry a mag in our M4’s. Talk about bullshit.

    3. avatar ThomasR says:

      I was private gate security at a military base here in NM a couple of years ago; we carried our M9’s with a round in the chamber.

  4. avatar Danny says:


  5. avatar Dave says:

    Not true. Air Force Security Forces carry their M-9’s with a round in the chamber and the weapon de-cocked. If it is CONUS, they carry hollo points; OCONUS if ball ammunition.

    I think all military should be allowed to carry 24/7, but the status regarding the condition of the weapon varies between branches.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Text amended.

      1. avatar Dave says:

        Thanks Matt.

    2. avatar John says:

      Not true on hollow points at all. Yes there are SOME exceptions (OSI)
      But we do have m9’s with one in the chamber de cocked on fire for security forces ON DUTY ONLY.

      1. avatar Dave says:

        Maybe not your Command/Base/Unit, but we carried hollow points in AFMC. It’s at least partially true.

        1. avatar Janitor says:

          Jhp at bethesda

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    Shooter in custody; wounds to two persons are not life threatening — one man hit in the foot and the other in the leg.

  7. avatar Joseph says:

    To clarify, Naval Security also carries their m9 condition 1, weapons carried in condition 3 are the M16/4 and the Mossy 500 (rounds in tube but not in chamber)

    1. avatar Dave says:

      Text definitely needs to be amended.

  8. avatar Patrick Rogalin says:

    When I carry in the Army as a guard it’s in condition 3 or as we call it “yellow”. I don’t know if the DOD cops or gate guards do this as well.

  9. avatar stitch1870 says:

    Meeeeeeeeeh. Depends on location and unit for whether there’s a round in the chamber or not. At one particular unit when we did gate guard and rifles were used then command mandated condition 3 so we could rack a round as an EOF which didn’t really mean much because if you get a Marine to bring his rifle to bear on you then you’re probably not long for this world anyways. At a different post and opposite coast we had Mossberg 500s if I remember right and that post there was a round in the chamber, only the guys on QRF for the gate were condition 3.

  10. avatar Adam says:

    My 10yr old son, after hearing about this on the radio, aptly pointed out that, “It’s weird that there is a navy base in Tennessee cause they don’t have water there.”

    I had no good answer to give him.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Near Hawthorne Nevada is a sign, “‘Naval Undersea Warfare Training Center’”
      That one was a real head scratcher…

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        My father’s WWII duty station was primarily at the Naval Air Station in Norman, Oklahoma. Didn’t see much salt water there, either.

        1. avatar BDub says:

          My reserve unit was at the Dallas Naval Air Station….as in Dallas, Texas.

    2. avatar DaveL says:

      Well, Chris Dorner’s military experience, from what I can gather, consisted of conducting anti-submarine warfare in a landlocked high desert state. The U.S. military certainly leaves nothing to chance.

    3. avatar BillC says:

      Good catch on your kid, but there’s Naval stations near Dallas/FW, yes it’s an air station, but Navy nonetheless.

    4. avatar Chris Mallory says:

      Your son needs to learn where the Tennessee and Mississippi rivers are.

      1. avatar Adam says:

        I have nothing constructive to say to your retarded comment bashing my son.

        Have a nice day.

      2. avatar Charles5 says:


    5. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

      Adam, the base originally opened in 1942 and its purpose was initial Navy pilot training. After WW2 it became a training facility for young enlisted troops, with an emphasis on aircraft. We had schools on things like engine repair, air traffic control, avionics, airframe maintenance, etc.

      In 1993 they decided to move the schools to Pensacola, and move much of the administrative activity, notably Personnel and Recruiting Commands, from the DC area to here.

      Nothing we do requires water.

  11. avatar Roscoe says:

    So I guess gone are the days when you don’t have to instantly hear about it every time someone cuts a fart or pops a cap.

    All the instant information gratification is constantly coming at us compliments of the various media sources who also provide instant hand wringing editorial comment on the fly. This all plays right into the hands of the grabbers and their leftist media friends who will magnify any shooting event no matter who does the shooting to give themselves just a little more purchase for restricting gun rights.

    Once the message is delivered, the damage is done, even if the outcome and the facts are neither relative to nor support the anti’s agenda.

    Sad; we lose a little more each time.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      And then the cops gun down a 13 year old boy with a toy gun and give it right back to us.

      1. avatar Roscoe says:

        Yes, however it was still an event involving a “gun” resulting in a police shooting that resulted in a “child’s” death.

        The progressive antis’ predictable position will be that due to the “uncontrolled” proliferation of firearms, in particular “assault weapons”, and the availability of realistic replicas – in this case a replica AK – the shooting of the 13 y/o just provides more evidence that “guns” are “bad”, particularly given the “gun culture” created by the NRA and gun nuts.

        You know the drill.

        In their eyes, no matter what, we are wrong, guns are wrong. That is the drum beat the antis will continue to sound, and EVERY gun involved event provides an opportunity for them to repeat it.

        And so it goes.

  12. avatar BillC says:

    Areas around military bases are nearly always Shi tty, crime holes. Gunfire is not news around them.

  13. avatar Jim says:

    I was stationed at NAS Millington for basic Aviation Maint. waaaay back in ’82…I assume thats where they still do that particular training. Typical dump of a military town right outside the base. Probably hasn’t improved with time.

    1. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

      It’s actually much nicer now than before BRAC 93 sent the schools to P’cola. Very few E 1-3 on base now, Much higher proportion of officers. All those ratty little apartments just west of the base are all torn down.

  14. avatar JohnB says:

    Check out local news WREG or WMC TV in Memphis, TN.

    Soldiers who had been shot took down shooter (so much for run and hide). Recruiter who was about to be disciplined. Reportedly firearm was chambered in 9mm short (.380 ACP).

    NG armory is outside the Naval Support Activity security perimeter, but is still a gun free zone.

    BTW: For those folks posting above and wondering, NSA Millington has no training units anymore. All moved elsewhere. Just Navy personnel command and a few reserve units. No planes. Sold the airfield to the City of Millington. Largest concentration of O-6 reserved parking slots I have ever seen away from the Pentagon.

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