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Sunny Point commander responds to questions about physical tests

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- As we told you yesterday, some workers at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Brunswick County are worried about their jobs. The disabled veterans, who serve as security guards, say they'll be let go because they won't be able to pass newly enforced physical agility tests.

Today, Sunny Point commander Col. Joseph Calisto responded to our report with the following statement.

"The Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) serves a critical mission as the primary transshipment location for the Department of Defense (DOD) ammunition and explosive cargo. The criticality of MOTSU to the DOD and the sensitivity of its unique mission cannot be understated.

"In 2009, the Department of the Army implemented changes to its regulation governing the Army Civilian Police and Security Guard Program to insure all security personnel continue to meet the highest standards of law enforcement.

"One of those changes established new physical ability testing requirements for all Army police and security guard personnel. The new physical ability testing requirements insure our police and security guards meet the physical fitness standards needed to perform the essential functions of their jobs.
As commander, the safety and security of my employees and installation are first and foremost. I rely heavily on my law enforcement team to safeguard our employees and the terminal’s mission.

"We are extremely grateful to the military veterans who serve on our law enforcement teams but we must also meet the regulatory law enforcement requirements directed by the Department of the Army. We will continue to diligently work with each individual on a case by case basis to attempt to identify alternate employment options if required."

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