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Walters Street Access Control Point progressing, traffic flowing

By Lori Newman | JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs | Aug. 23, 2012

JBSA-FORT SAM HOUSTON — The detour is gone, the barricades have been removed and traffic is flowing through the new Walters Street Access Control Point at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

"The process of this intersection being opened just brings us one step closer, with more steps to come," said Curtis Hoosier, 502nd Security Forces Squadron resource protection manager.

Site clean-up and security systems checks will be ongoing for another six to eight weeks. The visitor control center will not open until the temporary VCC at Scott Road is also operational in approximately February 2013.

"Once we get all pieces under our control and operational you will be looking at a state-of-the-art access control point with a visitor control center capable of processing contractor, vendor and visitor access, as well as, providing a smooth, expeditious entry for all who work and live on Fort Sam Houston," Hoosier said.

Two additional visitor control centers are being constructed on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

One will be on Scott Road before entering the Harry Wurzbach gate, which should be finished by February 2013. The other VCC is being constructed at the Interstate Highway 35 entrance to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, which should be complete by the middle of next year.

The need for these VCC's is to increase security and comply with Department of Defense Antiterrorism and Force Protection guidelines.

"It is becoming increasingly more important for vendors and contractors to follow the proper procedures to get an access credential because soon they will not be able to enter the installation with just a driver's license," Hoosier explained.

New security procedures will be phased in as the VCC's are completed.

For more information about access credential requirements, call the Installation Pass and Identification Office at 221-0213 or email usaf.jbsa.502-abw.mbx.502-sfs-fsh-visitor-control-center@mail.mil.