• 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 …

  • State, Navy Agree on Next Projects for Sub Base0

    Naval Submarine Base New London would receive security improvements and support for the installation of a microgrid as the latest gifts from the state of Connecticut under an agreement reached earlier this month. Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, received the gift offers from Bob Ross, executive director of the state Office of Military Affairs, on Dec. 3 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the base for a $4.65 million dive locker paid for by the state, reported Navy Public Affairs. The first proposed project would cost $1.2 million and enhance security and mitigate encroachment at the installation’s boundaries where a railroad crosses the base …

  • 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 …

  • Visitors, Community Members Adjust to New Security at Wright-Patterson0

    Since DOD raised the force protection level at U.S. installations on Friday, visitors to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have been forced to comply with more stringent security procedures, while local businesses remain anxious about a potential decline in customer traffic. Workers at the base, located outside of Dayton, Ohio, have largely been unaffected by Northern Command’s decision to raise the force protection level at DOD facilities from Alpha to Bravo, reported Dayton Daily News. The new protocols — which require visitors to obtain a base-issued pass — have prompted a handful of changes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The museum cancelled bus tours from the main complex to hangars on base that house historic presidential and unique research aircraft …

  • Northern Command Raises Security Level at U.S. Installations0

    U.S. Northern Command has elevated the force protection level for all DOD facilities in the continental United States, due to a general environment of heightened threats rather than to a specific threat, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. Northcom raised the force protection level at DOD facilities from Alpha to Bravo, indicating an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity, said Army Col. Steve Warren. For installations, the elevated force protection level means more comprehensive checking of those entering facilities, heightened awareness of personnel at the facilities, and in some circumstances, more security personnel on duty at the facilities …