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Fort Drum mandates visitors without DOD ID obtain pass to enter

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FORT DRUM — Motorists and passengers going onto post without a Department of Defense identification card will now be required to get a visitor’s pass.

The change, announced Wednesday, comes as the post moves into compliance with security regulations used at installations across the military.

“By doing this we’re checking that we know who’s coming in,” said Charles N. Childs, the post’s chief of physical security, in a meeting with media Wednesday afternoon. “It’s not just anybody that shows up. There’s a background understanding to see what people are coming for and there are controls for the amount of people we have, also.”

Mr. Childs pointed to incidents like the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September as reasons for an increased focus on security.

To obtain a pass, all drivers must show a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and current vehicle registration. Passengers 18 years and older must also present a government-issued photo identification card. Younger travelers will need to be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

The post said that stopped visitors will be asked the purpose and length of time of their stay on post. Any individuals planning to stay for an extended period of time may apply for a special visitor’s pass. In certain cases, Mr. Childs said, some regular travelers to post may be able to obtain a longer-term pass to allow them onto the post.

The move will not change the policies for businesses that already sign in when they travel onto post, Mr. Childs said.

The pass can be acquired at the Iraqi Freedom Drive gate off Route 11, the Gasoline Alley gate off Route 26 or the gate into Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Each of the gates are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mr. Childs acknowledged that there could be some delays for motorists as the change is implemented, until travelers adjust to the change. The post regularly holds large-scale events, such as weddings and conferences.

Mr. Childs said that complete guest lists will need to be passed along to the post in advance of such events.

Those interested in a longer-term pass can contact Mr. Childs at charles.n.childs.civ@mail.mil.

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