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    Fort Bragg updates access control points



    Story by Elizabeth Gerhart 

    1st Theater Sustainment Command

    FORT BRAGG, N.C – Fort Bragg visitors may have recently noticed the identification card scanning machines at the access control points are covered with black plastic.

    The machines are in working order but are a part of the Automated Installation Entry system, which is currently undergoing a large upgrade.

    Mickey McQuian, Fort Bragg Directorate of Emergency Services Physical Security officer, and a native of Lillington, North Carolina, said the installation is excited for the upgrade and the capabilities it will bring to the post which sees on average 78,000-82,000 visitors a day.

    “The upgrade is important for three main reasons,” he said. “Having the ability to continuously vet all those who enter Fort Bragg through the national crime information center is a big deal. Also, this system has the capability to automatically register those individuals entering post from other posts and they will no longer have to go register their Department of Defense Common Access Card. Most importantly, we will have the ability to check for local wants and warrants.”

    The AIE system was first introduced at Fort Bragg in the fall of 2013. It plays a vital role in the safety of the Fort Bragg community.

    According to the Fort Bragg Automated Installation Entry website the AIE II Plus system is designed to enhance the safety and security of Fort Bragg residents, military and civilian personnel as well as visitors. The system uses technology and databases to increase security to reduce the potential of human error that can occur at access points, such as missing expired identification or knowing if a driver has restricted access.

    The system will verify the identity of individuals who are seeking admittance to the post by using Army-approved access standards that are matched against the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center, the Defense Manpower Data Center and other federal law enforcement databases.

    James Leonard, AIE system administrator, and a native of Raeford, North Carolina, said the system is meant to secure the installation and will help to deter and detect possible threats coming through the gates because the update to the system will allow for continuous vetting of all personnel coming onto post.

    “Once the upgrade is complete, I think what you’ll see is more satisfaction,” said McQuian. “We know that it will be difficult at first, but we ask that the pubic be patient and have understanding.”

    One major change the upgrade will bring is instead of visitors swiping their cards, the system will now scan it and read the barcode on the back of the ID. This will allow the system to read drivers licenses also.

    “This system will move a lot faster than the one we have now and its more thorough, which mean less wait time at the gates with more security, which is a huge win for everyone,” said Leonard.

    The upgrade fielding process began in May of this year and testing is anticipated to begin in August, where the actual upgrade will be pushed to systems. The Directorate of Emergency Services estimates the upgrade and testing will be completed by the end of September.

    “We want Fort Bragg to feel like an open post but have that gated community sense of security,” said McQuian. “We feel like this system is a huge benefit to the community and a cost savings to the American people.”

    If you have any questions regarding the AIE system, contact the Fort Bragg Directorate of Emergency Services, Physical Security office at 910-635-6983.



    Date Taken: 06.26.2015
    Date Posted: 06.26.2015 10:12
    Story ID: 168251
    Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, US
    Hometown: LILLINGTON, NC, US
    Hometown: RAEFORD, NC, US

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