• Visitors, Tourists to Benefit from Easier Access to Rock Island Arsenal

    Visitors, Tourists to Benefit from Easier Access to Rock Island Arsenal0

    Rock Island Arsenal last week began recognizing the Illinois driver’s license as a valid form of identification for visitors, relieving state residents of the need to bring additional identification to gain access to the installation located on the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois. Illinois — along with Minnesota, Missouri and Washington — previously did not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act, which established minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards such as a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address. The law was enacted following a recommendation by the 9/11 commission …

  • New Security Rules Add Hurdle for Visitors to Camp Pendleton

    New Security Rules Add Hurdle for Visitors to Camp Pendleton0

    Visitors coming to Camp Pendleton for reasons other than business or employment will need to register in advance for a background check that can take up to seven days. The change won’t affect workers on the base or military personnel, but those coming to take advantage of the Southern California installation’s recreational amenities — including the popular bike trail that runs along Interstate 5 — will need to register. The new policy tightening access was not prompted by any particular threat; rather it’s a response to incidents around the world, said base spokesman Carl Redding …

  • NAS Pensacola Limits Visitor Access in Response to Navy Guidance

    NAS Pensacola Limits Visitor Access in Response to Navy Guidance0

    Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., will close its main gate to most visitors starting next week to bring the base in line with security directives issued by the secretary of the Navy, Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins announced Monday. The change in access at the air station, which Hoskins said would be permanent, will force unescorted visitors who do not possess DOD identification or a visitor’s pass to use the base’s west gate. For visitors to three public attractions on the base — the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse — the new policy will require an eight-mile detour around the air station …

  • New Rules Raise Security Barriers for Some Visitors to Military Bases

    New Rules Raise Security Barriers for Some Visitors to Military Bases0

    Visitors to military installations with driver’s licenses from five states that have not complied with a 2005 law are now required to show an alternate form of identification, such as a passport, to gain entry, the Pentagon said last week.
    The new policy would affect all visitors — including pizza delivery drivers, taxi drivers and contractors working on an installation — with driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington. Those five states, along with American Samoa, have failed to implement security measures mandated by the REAL ID Act. The law, prompted by the terrorist attacks of 9/11, requires states to incorporate anti-counterfeit technology in their driver’s licenses, verify applicants’ identities and conduct background checks for employees involved in issuing the documents …

  • New Access Procedures Shouldn’t Deter Visitors, Ft. Bliss Commander Says0

    During the annual State of the Military address, the commanding general of Fort Bliss reassured the residents of El Paso they are still welcome at the installation despite new procedures for visitors to gain access to the post. “We still want you to visit; we want you to come here,” Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty told about 500 military, civilian and business leaders Wednesday at the event sponsored by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. “This will be a slight inconvenience.” On Sunday, officials will open five visitor control centers to help improve access to the post …

  • Services to Consider Additional Force Protection Measures in Wake of Tennessee Shootings0

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter has approved “immediate force protection steps” following last week’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four Marines and one Navy sailor. Carter also has directed the services to look at additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of service members and civilians at military installations, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. “I’ve asked the services to quickly, but in a comprehensive way, assess additional things that they might recommend,” Carter told reporters Sunday while flying to Israel. “I really want to give them the chance to look at — do an assessment and come back to me with facts and recommendations. And I’ll make further decisions down the road on the basis of those service recommendations,” Carter said …