By Sgt. Adriana Diaz-Brown
10th Press Camp Headquarters
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Long lines and wait times to enter Fort Bragg gates will soon be a thing of the past as new upgrades and security protocols are put into operation this year.
Fort Bragg is implementing the use of the Automated Installation Entry system, Sept. 30 in order to enhance security at the installation entrances and expedite access for personnel and vehicles. The system validates credentials against reliable databases in real-time, and requires Department of Defense identification cards to be registered to gain access.
According to the George Olavarria, deputy director, Department of Emergency Services, approximately 265,000 people from 100 different zip codes surrounding Fort Bragg have already been registered into the AIE database. This included Fort Bragg DoD Defense Common Access Card holders, retirees, family members, reservists and guardsmen.
If you are new to Fort Bragg, within the last three or four months, your information might not have been captured in the bulk registration process. All new DoD CAC, family member, retiree, or disable veteran card holders of driving age will be required to register in the AIE system at the vehicle registration office located at the All-American gate.
The registration process requires a valid driver’s license, have your photo taken, submit a fingerprint, and have a National Criminal Information Center, criminal history record check conducted by one of the VCC clerks. The registration takes about three to five minutes once you have been called to the clerk’s desk.
The registration office at All-American gate is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Commercial vendors and contractors will need to register at the truck plaza on Cook Street, Building K-1153 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; and weekends and federal holidays between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The AIE system plays a vital role in the safety of the Fort Bragg community.
“It cuts down on human error, whether or not an individual is actually looking at the expiration date or looking at the photo, the system, because it’s interlinked with DEERS, is validating that it’s an actual ID card,” said Mickey McQuain, physical security officer, Department of Emergency Services. “It also picks up the bar to suspension list from all of the information we input into the system, so we’ll know if someone is barred or suspended from the installation.”
“The AIE system also provides Fort Bragg with a secure environment so the senior commander knows who is on Fort Bragg at any given time,” said Olavarria. “In addition, the system ensures we are in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which mandates that anyone visiting a government installation or building, or having access to a government computer be properly vetted.”
The Fort Bragg Physical Security Office is asking for your patience this month during the 45-day performance testing of the AIE system. Out of the 53 checkpoint lanes, 29 lanes around Fort Bragg have the system installed.
When entering Fort Bragg through one of the lanes with the AIE system, card holders will drive up to an AIE pedestal and swipe their identification card at a scanner. Once the card is read, the individual’s credentials will be validated against federal and post records, which is almost instantly. Guards will be monitoring the information retrieved from the identification cards, and once it is verified, entrance will be granted.
“Right now, there’s a lot of identity theft, including websites where you can order a CAC card or an ID. The database that we have will identify all of those forged cards,” said Olavarria. “If someone were to have an old CAC card and try to use it, the system will deny their entry.”
If you are a registered, DoD identification cardholder and have passengers in your vehicle, the AIE system allows you to act as “trusted travelers,” which means only the driver has to swipe his or her identification card.
The Fast Lane procedures enhance the AIE system. Gate guards shall be equipped with hand held card readers and positioned ahead of the AIE pedestal. The first vehicle in line will have their DoD identification card or visitor pass scanned by the guard while the second vehicle in line swipes their card at the pedestal. Upon completion, both vehicles will be allowed to proceed.
Currently, about 28 Army installations are using the AIE system.
If you have any questions regarding the AIE system or the process of registration and non-DoD card entrance, contact the Physical Security Office by e-mail for a quick response.
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