Special to the Bryan County Newws
FORT STEWART -- Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield will resume requiring temporary vehicle passes for all private vehicles that do not have a valid Department of Defense decal beginning Nov. 9. Access for vehicle with DoD decals will not change.
All individuals requiring access to Fort Stewart or Hunter Army Airfield will continue to be screened to ensure no unauthorized personnel are allowed installation access. Issuing temporary vehicle passes to all private vehicles without a DoD decal increases the security of the installation, authorities said. 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 will only be issued at the following 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.
- Hunter Army Airfield: Wilson Gate (White Bluff Road), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Hunter Army Airfield: Montgomery Gate (Montgomery Street); daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A private vehicle without a DoD decal can approach any of the above gates using the specially marked lanes for non-decaled vehicles. Everyone in the vehicle, including DoD identification card holders, must present valid photo identification (i.e. a state driver's license) to access control personnel while remaining in the vehicle.
Access control personnel will obtain information regarding 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, individuals not affiliated with the installation 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 during 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 procedures 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.
Access control procedure questions should be directed to the Directorate of Emergency Services at firstname.lastname@example.org