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Navy to suspend Trusted Traveler program on Guam

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 2, 2018

The Navy is tightening security at facilities on Guam, but says the move isn’t related to a specific threat.

Beginning Saturday, U.S. Naval Base Guam will suspend the Trusted Traveler program that allowed military ID card holders to sponsor guests onto installations without obtaining an official pass, according to a Navy statement.

The new rules require guests to obtain a pass from the Visitor Control Center and be sponsored by ID card holders such as servicemembers or federal government employees, military retirees or dependents older than 18.

All guests must have a valid form of identification such as a driver’s license or passport, the Navy said.

“This change in policy will better align base access policies and procedures at military installations island wide, will help maintain safety and security, and will improve military readiness,” the service said in its statement. “The suspension of Trusted Traveler is not in response to a specific incident or security threat.”

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