Navy bases on Guam tighten gate ID policy
January 16, 2008
All people entering Navy bases on Guam must now show military identification or carry a valid guest pass, according to a new policy begun this week by Commander U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.
The change is part of an overall effort to better align base policies among Navy and Air Force installations on the island, according to Navy spokesman Lt. Donnell Evans.
Previously, the Navy required all vehicles coming onto base to have a military identification decal and that the driver have a military identification card. Passengers in the vehicle, however, were not required to have a specific military ID or sign-in as a visitor.
Now, all visitors to Navy facilities must be signed in and receive a guest pass before entering the bases, Evans said. To obtain the guest pass, visitors must show a valid government ID such as a passport or driver’s license.
During the day, visitors may obtain a guest pass at the Pass and ID office just outside the gates. After hours, they may obtain passes at the gate, Evans said.
In the future, many policies and services regarding base facilities will be jointly run, he said. Already, Air Force officials at Andersen Air Base require either military identification or visitor passes for entrance, military officials said.
“This is probably going to be one of the most noticeable changes” early on, as the branches move toward joint services, Evans said.
The 100 percent identification requirement was to begin Tuesday and affects all Navy facilities, including Guam Naval Base, Guam Naval Hospital and U.S. Naval and Telecommunications Station Guam.
The force protection level for Navy bases remains at “alpha,” the least-restrictive level, Evans said.
To prepare for the change, Navy personnel have been passing out fliers to drivers to remind them of new requirements. Navy officials also are rerouting traffic flow at base entrances during rush hours to help ease congestion, Evans said.
At the main gate for Naval Base Guam, an extra lane will be open for traffic entering the base in the mornings and exiting in the afternoons, he said.
Military family members 16 and older must have an identification to enter the bases. Dependents 15 and younger do not need an ID, Evans said.
New base identification requirements