Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow this morning on Air Force Three. Russia Today showed a live shot of the arrival. Interestingly, we got a rare peek at the SecState’s security detail. Members of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service provide security for our nation’s primary diplomat.
Do yourself a favor and skip to 26:30 to see the first passengers coming off the plane.
I counted nine DSS agents, including two each carrying a pair of rifle cases. Only a naive fool would think they have pool cues packed away in those cases. In fact, those rifle cases look a lot like mine when loaded with a Rock River M4gery, seven magazines at 28 rounds each and related gear.
Curiously (or not), one gent brought along a shiny new Halligan tool to the party as well.
The DSS uses
GLOCK 19s as pretty much standard fare per the DSS husband of a friend of mine. [UPDATE: My bad. I mis-remembered an earlier conversation. Yes, they are Sigs now, as one of our POTG noted below. And are expected to get in on the G19 action in the coming months. Timeline confusion. My apologies.] The long guns? I just don’t know. By chance, do any of our Armed Intelligentsia have any idea the flavor of ARs they have tucked away in those rifle cases? Shannon’s hubby and I haven’t chatted long guns – yet.
In any event, the the DSS trains their security personnel extensively and well. Undoubtedly, these gents mean business in their job to keep our diplomats safe and secure.
Also, it’s a pretty safe bet they didn’t go through Russian customs with their gear.