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Base vehicle decals no longer needed

By Lilly Flores-Janecek | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Sept. 14, 2007

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — Say goodbye to Air Force vehicle decals. Lackland AFB no longer requires base registration or the Department of Defense Form 2220, DoD Vehicle Registration Decal, for privately owned vehicles to enter the base.

However, government issued identification cards will still be required for access on base.

"The vehicle decal system became antiquated after 9/11, as we now check everyone's identification credentials," said Lt. Col. Laura Soule, 37th Security Forces Squadron commander. "This new policy will greatly increase efficiency at our installation gates and customer service areas with no detriment to security."

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley recently ended use of the decal on Air Force installations due to cost, a lack of utility and long-term threats facing bases.

Brig. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, director of Air Force Security Forces, initiated efforts to halt use of the vehicle decals shortly after leaving Team Lackland and assuming her position in Washington. She said the decals are a needless expense since security forces can easily track vehicle through their identification numbers and license plates.

Visitors to Lackland AFB who do not have government issued ID cards will still have to secure a visitor's pass from the 37th SFS Pass and Registration Office.

Air Force officials are working with other services to allow its people to enter installations without requiring them to display a base decal on their vehicles.

"We will continue to have decals available to those who routinely visit Fort Sam Houston or other non-Air Force installations, as our sister services continue to require vehicle decals for entry," said Colonel Soule.

For more information, call Staff Sgt. Christopher Patten at 671-3678.