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BLDG. 171: Controlled access begins July 1

By Mike Joseph | 502nd Air Base Wing OL-A Public Affairs | June 23, 2011

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Bldg. 171 compound on Port San Antonio will become a secured entry area on July 1.

Installation security officials from the 802nd Security Forces Squadron said personnel will need proper base access credentials to enter the Bldg. 171 compound. SFS officials also said delays can be expected entering the area when personnel return to work on July 5 after the four-day holiday weekend.

"I anticipate there may be delays entering the compound," said Lisa Frantz, 802nd SFS installation security chief. "We expect some personnel arriving without proper credentials.

"Personnel having their proper credentials readily available upon arrival at the gate in the mornings will help traffic flow through the gates. Even though Security Forces won't have exclusive jurisdiction at Bldg. 171 like we do on Lackland, if there's an emergency situation we can take action."

To enter the compound will require a Common Access Card, Department of Defense identification card or an installation access pass issued by the 802nd SFS.

The McMullen Gate, accessible by General McMullen Drive off U.S. Highway 90, will be open for entry and exit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The other gate, at Tinker Drive, accessible by General Hudnell Road off Highway 90, will be open to pedestrian and non-commercial vehicles only from 6-8 a.m. Monday through Friday. Exit hours at the Tinker gate will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., also Monday through Friday.

A temporary visitor control center, near the Tinker Gate, will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All commercial vehicles will use the Tinker Gate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors can be vouched into the compound via a digitally-signed email, an in-person sponsorship, or a hard copy memorandum with a verified signature on file, DOD Form 577.

Emails must be sent to Lackland.vrc@us.af.mil and will not be processed without a digital signature. Phone calls will not be honored.

The Joint Base San Antonio trusted traveler exception has also been reinstituted.

In addition to controlling compound entry, no parking is allowed inside of the knee walls with the exception of loading/unloading at the loading dock.

For questions about proper access credentials into the Bldg. 171 compound, contact 802nd SFS officials at 671-9162, 671-9163, 671-9164 or 671-2262.