Air Force /Airman 1st Class J. T. Armstrong.

U.S. troops are allowed to carry personal weapons for their protection on stateside military facilities, but the Defense Department has no idea how many service members are actually packing.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird

The Defense Department is close to releasing its updated policy for arming troops at facilities in the United States following several attacks, including the shooting deaths of four Marines and a sailor last July, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. John Lee, II

A private Purple Heart ceremony for the Marines killed in Chattanooga reveals the risk facing service members, at home or abroad, and the incredible sacrifice made by military families.

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U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael R. Zuk

On July 16, Marines Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, and Sgt. Carson Holmquist and a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith were shot and killed by an apparent Muslim extremist, Mohammad Abdulazeez. In the wake of that shooting, many have called for the repeal of the 1992 regulation (issued again in 2011) that prohibits the general arming of military personnel on bases and military installations not in a combat zone. Earlier this week, Chad Russell, a fellow Marine Corps veteran, made a case for this on this website.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Photo by Sgt. Amber Blanchard

Learning of the murders of the four Marines and one sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was heartbreaking for me as an enlisted infantry Marine veteran of the Iraq War. Then learning that authorities are investigating the incident as an act of terror is equally painful to bear.

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