Guard General Threatened Businesses That Didn’t Publicly Support Gun Range Proposal, Emails Show

Guard General Threatened Businesses That Didn't Publicly Support Gun Range Proposal, Emails Show

Soldiers with the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, 360th Civil Affairs Brigade participate in Operation Viking, May 7 to 27 at Joint Base Cape Cod, Mass. (Jorge Intriago/U.S. Army) Frustrated over a lack of community support for a proposed gun range, the executive director of Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts, emailed the local chamber of commerce last week, threatening to prevent his soldiers from patronizing area businesses. Retired Brig. Gen. Christopher Faux threatened a "conditional confinement" for thousands of troops in an email to Chris Adams, chief of staff of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The proposed multi-purpose machine gun, or MPMG, range at Camp Edwards, located on Joint Base Cape Cod, would be the first in Massachusetts. Access to an MPMG range is key to meeting weapons qualifications standards and training requirements, officials say. Currently, the closest range is 270 miles away at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho, Vermont, according to a study by the Massachusetts National Guard. "With our impact on local business, it is hard to believe we have heard nothing in support. For that reason, I will be recommending a conditional confinement for the thousands of soldiers that train here each weekend over the summer to The Adjutant General," Faux said in the email. "It truly saddens me to even consider taking these steps, but I am more saddened by the lack of support from the businesses on Cape." However, Maj. Gen. Gary W. Keefe, the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, rejected Faux’s […]

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