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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., serves as the Navy's human resources center for naval personnel worldwide.

All orders for every sailor and officer are written at the naval base in Millington.
 
More than 7,500 military, civilian and contract personnel are assigned to work at NSA Mid-South Navy Installations Command.

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Millington Alderman Thomas McGhee said the connection between the base staff and the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., takes place on a daily basis.

"There is a lot of interaction between the two bases between D.C. and here, in general, and invariably some of them end up at the Navy Yard or at the annex," Alderman McGhee said. "I think the annex is no longer up and running as it used to be as the Pentagon itself."

The Navy said a gunman who opened fire inside a building Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011. The Navy said in a release Monday that 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, of Texas, left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, as a petty officer 3rd class. It's not immediately clear why he left.

Alexis had been working for the fleet logistics support squadron No. 46, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Navy says his home of record was New York City. Alexis was one of 13 people killed during the rampage.

FOX13 News talked by phone to naval personnel in Millington. They said they could not comment on whether or not they were beefing up security or not. From just observing the front gate at the base it looks like business as usual and all traffic moving up and down Navy road is moving freely.

While the investigation into what happened at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., is ongoing Alderman McGhee said the fact that most people on military bases are not armed is a concern.

"It's always frightening when you have someone with predetermined motives to do harm and they come into a place or a facility like that where guns are prohibited, so they are safer than they would be on the street," he said. "You and I know there are more guns on the streets of Millington and Memphis than are in the Pentagon itself or the naval base here."

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