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Proper procedures for base sponsorship, access

A 19th Security Forces Squadron Defender checks an ID before allowing a service member to enter the installation Aug. 29, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Before even entering the base, personnel are met by security forces Defenders who operate all entry and exit points, as well as patrol the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A 19th Security Forces Squadron Defender checks an ID before allowing a service member to enter the installation Aug. 29, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Before even entering the base, personnel are met by security forces Defenders who operate all entry and exit points, as well as patrol the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Military installations have strict regulations for non-government affiliated personnel entering bases. Little Rock Air Force Base is no exception to this rule, even with the Trusted Traveler program implemented. 

Sponsors and guests are allowed to enter Little Rock AFB through the Trusted Traveler program by showing one form of identification at an entry control point. Sponsors cannot bring visitors on the installation without getting a pass. Therefore, guests must be vetted through the Visitors Control Center, whether or not 100 percent ID checks are in effect.

When a sponsor brings a guest on base, they will be vetted through the National Crime Information Center or the Arkansas Crime Information Center, depending on whether the guest has an Arkansas driver’s license. The 19th Security Forces Squadron personnel will conduct either a NCIC or ACIC background check at the VCC or base defense operations center. Once background checks are completed, passes are either electronically generated or manually filled out on an Air Force Form 75 and then issued to the visitor.

To bring a guest on base, sponsors must provide their full name, Department of Defense ID number, contact number and be 18 or older. Personnel can also sponsor guests without being present at the VCC by sending an email from any .mil or aafes.com account to 19sfs_visitorcenter@us.af.mil or by calling the VCC from a residential, base or government phone number. Emails must state every guest 18 years of age or older and provide the following information:

  • Guest’s full name, date of birth, state of issued driver’s license, driver’s license number or state-issued identification credentials if not operating a motor vehicle

     

  • if operating a vehicle, guest’s current motor vehicle state-issued registration (does not include a state-issued title issued to the owner or lien holder), and current physical or electronic proof of financial liability assimilating Arkansas law

     

  • Guest’s reason for entry

     

  • The time and duration of guest’s entry (duration of pass not to exceed five days)

     

  • The guest's destination(s)

     

    After the pass has been issued, the visitor can depart and return without the sponsor present. However, sponsors are responsible for any infractions their guests commit, whether or not they are with them at time of the infraction.

     

    When sponsors are travelling as passengers in taxis, not only will they be identified upon entering the installation, they must sponsor the taxi driver. As long as passengers have valid DoD identification or other authorized identification credentials, they will be granted entry.

    If no occupant possesses valid credentials, they must proceed to the VCC to obtain a pass. Occupants under 18 are not required to obtain a pass, but must be accompanied or sponsored by someone of 18 or older.

Vendors who frequent the base daily, such as pizza delivery drivers and shipping-service couriers, will receive a contractor’s badge issued to them by the 19th Security Forces Squadron Pass and Registration office. Taxicab and ride-sharing services drivers are required to get a visitor’s pass before entering the base. Delivery drivers for larger products, such as newspapers and auto parts, will go through the Large Vehicle Inspection Pit where their vehicle will be examined and then receive a pass.

The strict rules and processes to enter military installations such as the Trusted Traveler program are in place to not only protect the property of the U.S. government, but one of the most important assets of all: Airmen and their families.  

For more information about the Trusted Traveler program, call the 19th Security Forces Operations Office at (501) 987-2272.