Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fort Carson bans 139 people from entering

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:35 PM

click to enlarge A statue of the Indian fighter Kit Carson stands at the entryway to Fort Carson. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • A statue of the Indian fighter Kit Carson stands at the entryway to Fort Carson.
More than 100 people have failed the background check to get into Fort Carson, according to data provided by the post in response to the Independent's inquiry.

In fact, 139 of the 3,334 people checked from Jan. 5 to March 31 flunked the verification with the FBI's National Crime Information Center. The post couldn't say if those 139 are contractor employees, visitors or vendors. Only 10 have been given waivers so they can have access passes, the post says via email.

So come Friday, there might be some employees who don't show up for work. No matter, Carson says the checks are necessary to secure "the safety and security of our Fort Carson family, as well as the visitors to our installation."

"These measures will deter criminal elements from gaining access to our installation," the email said, "which could potentially put our community members at risk."

Here's the news release sent out Monday reminding people of the practice of checking anyone out before they're admitted to the post.
Fort Carson implements new access control policies and procedures Friday, as directed by the Secretary of the Army. All visitors without a federal or DOD identification card (ID) entering the installation will be affected by the new changes.

Visitors, without a federal or DOD ID requesting one-day access to the installation will need to report to the Visitor Control Center (VCC), located at Building 6012 at Gate 1, with a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving), vehicle registration and proof of insurance (if applicable). All personnel must have a valid reason for accessing the installation.

Members of the golf course or on a bowling league who do not have the proper identification must work through the respective management of those establishments to have the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sign the Fort Carson Form 2036 (Request for Fort Carson Access Control Card).

The Form 2036 must be digitally signed with a Common Access Card by a military sponsor, not hand signed. For organizations on post, such as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Defense Commissary Agency that don’t have CAC cards, provisions have been made in advance with these organizations to obtain passes for those who need them.

Visitors requesting unescorted access will be required to undergo a FBI National Crime Information Center III (NCIC) check prior to accessing the installation. Visitors with issues such as an outstanding arrest warrant, recent felony conviction or are listed on the Terrorist Screening database will not be allowed access and, if appropriate, will be turned over to legal authorities.

Visitors who are receiving a Fort Carson access pass may not escort other non-DOD ID cardholders onto the installation. Each visitor in the vehicle must go through the NCIC check to gain access.

The NCIC check helps law enforcement officers apprehend fugitives, locate missing persons, recover stolen property and identify terrorists. It also assists law enforcement officers in performing their official duties more safely and provides them with information necessary to aid in protecting the general public.

The VCC is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors requesting access outside the VCC hours must go to Gate 3 off of Academy Blvd. to request a pass. Questions may be directed to the VCC at (719) 526-2332 or the Security and Access Control Office at (719) 526-5543.

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