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Post access procedures change today

License will get temporary permit

POSTED: November 22, 2007 5:00 a.m.
A terrorist trying to infiltrate Fort Stewart might balk at the confusion — and he might not be the only one.
Starting today, temporary passes will be issued to vehicles that don’t have DoD decals. Drivers and passengers will be required to show identification, just like they were before this latest change.
A newspaper in a nearby town reported incorrectly that Fort Stewart gate guards would be checking for vehicle registration and proof of insurance. These documents are required by state law, but are not now checked by Fort Stewart.
Since access control started in 2001, the process has been through several changes.
Originally, drivers showed their licenses, registration and proof of insurance to gate guards in order to receive a one-day pass for their destination. Then the process was moved into a building at Gate One and drivers parked and carried their documents into the building to get passes.
More recently, drivers and passengers simply showed their identification at the gate and, if they were not on the list of persons barred from the post, were allowed to drive onto Fort Stewart.
A Fort Stewart statement says issuing temporary vehicle passes to all private vehicles without a DoD decal increases the security of the installation.
The safety and security of the soldiers, families, and civilian employees on the installation is a priority of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, especially during the 3rd Infantry Division’s current deployment.

Temporary passes
Temporary passes will only be issued at three gates:
• Fort Stewart Gate 1 (General Stewart Way and General Screven Way), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Fort Stewart Gate 3 (Harmon Avenue and Old Sunbury Road), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Fort Stewart Gate 5 (GA Highway 119 and 144), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Gate guards will ask the purpose of the visit, destination and other information. In most cases, a temporary vehicle pass valid for that day will be issued.
In some cases, Fort Stewart says, individuals not affiliated with the installation who are traveling in a vehicle without a DoD decal or temporary pass will be denied access.
Reasons include not have a valid reason to be on the installation or not having a destination on the installation.
Temporary vehicle passes will be honored for re-entry of the installation as long as they have not expired. Access control personnel will advise drivers on how to get a temporary pass valid for more than one day if needed.
This procedural change does not impact current commercial vehicle access at Fort Stewart or Hunter Army Airfield. Commercial vehicles are still required to use Gate 7 at Fort Stewart, and Montgomery Gate at Hunter Army Airfield.

Savannah
In Savannah, passes are issued at two Hunter locations:
• Wilson Gate (White Bluff Road), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Montgomery Gate (Montgomery Street); daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Access control procedure questions can be sent to the Directorate of Emergency Services at des.feedback@stewart.army.mil
 

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