New Base Access System for NAS Jacksonville Reservists


Story Number: NNS030314-13Release Date: 3/14/2003 3:04:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class William Lovelady, Naval Reserve Mobile Public Affairs Team Detachment 208

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, impacted Naval Reservists in many ways. As bases quickly elevated their Force Protection Condition (FPCON) levels, many Reservists and their active-duty counterparts were confused about who was authorized access to military facilities.

That security confusion spawned many innovative programs, including one recently put into effect at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax). When FPCONs are elevated, the new Military Access Control System (MACS) will enable base security to immediately step up protection levels and prevent non-essential personnel from entering the main gates or high security areas on base.

"If we go to FPCON Charlie or Delta and you don't have [the proper decal and access], you will have trouble getting on the base," said Senior Chief Master-at-Arms (DV/PJ) Michael Sommer, a recalled Reservist. Sommer serves as the senior enlisted member of the NAS Jax security department and leads a team of active-duty and recalled Reservists who are implementing the MACS program.

NAS Jax is the first Naval installation to use MACS. The system began implementation in January 2002, and about 15,000 decals have already been issued. After its initial implementation, it will be considered for use at other bases.

Most base personnel will need a new decal in order to access NAS Jax. In addition to the base stickers in the front window, a new barcode sticker will be required on their driver side rear windows. MACS enables a sentry to determine whether a person and vehicle are allowed access by scanning the barcode and checking the scanned data against a database.

Some drilling Reservists will be issued a bar code. This barcode indicates an individual's level of access corresponding with FPCON level.

NAS Jax Physical Security Officer Norm Livingston said Reservists who are not eligible for a bar code should not experience problems coming on base. He said the new system adds an additional layer of security to entry points.

"This really streamlines our Access Control program and improves the level of security we can provide the station," said Livingston.

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