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DBIDS signup begins January

By Mike Joseph | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs | Dec. 16, 2009

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The registration process for an enhanced Department of Defense identity authentication and force protection system starts Jan. 11 at Lackland.

Lisa Frantz, 37th Security Forces Squadron installation security chief, said registration into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) is expected to be organized by squadron.

"Every squadron will be given a certain time slot and more than likely, we're only going to do one squadron at a time," said Ms. Frantz.

Following squadron registration, which could take several months, Department of Defense employees, long-term contractors and retirees will register. Registering the base populous will last four to six months.

"The commanders and first sergeants for each squadron will be given a schedule," she added, "and we'll be able to process 10 people per hour, per machine."

To register in DBIDS, a Common Access Card or other DoD-issued identification card is scanned into the system. The cardholder's information is verified and an electronic fingerprint is taken. SFS officials expect the process to take about five minutes a person, the time dependent on how much information has to be entered.

Six registration areas will be established: four at Pass and Registration, Bldg. 5660; one at Arnold Hall Community; and one in the Wilford Hall Medical Center atrium. Three machines at Pass and Registration and the one at Arnold Hall will be dedicated to an assigned squadron. One machine at Pass and Registration will be used for walk-ups and the machine at WHMC will be used for the 59th Medical Wing and walk-ups.

Ms. Frantz also said when renovation work starts at Arnold Hall near the end of January, that registration machine moves to the Bob Hope Performing Arts Theater.

"The hours are still to be determined but we anticipate 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday," she said. "Once we get the mass of people done during the duty day, then we're going to start accommodating non-standard hour workers. We will open one or two of the machines for them to register after duty hours."

All active duty, family members, DoD contractors and retirees - anyone with permanent base access - will have to register into the Lackland DBIDS system. DBIDS will also require a criminal history check on personnel entering military installations. In the coming months, DBIDS will be installed at all visitor gates and contractor passes will require registration into the system.

DBIDS enhances installation security and improves force protection. It allows a gate guard to use a hand-held wireless scanner on the bar codes of CACs and DBIDS issued credentials. The scanners will instantly identify who the person is and whether or not they're allowed on base.

In addition to providing personal information at the point of entry, DBIDS will notify guards about lost or stolen ID cards, persons barred from the base, or persons being sought by their commander for an emergency or key response notification.