Naval Air Station Patuxent River will adjust its base entry procedures in February 2021 to institute “stop-and-proceed” entry for vehicles coming on to all of its fence lines. The new procedures will require vehicles to stop at a designated point several feet before the gate until directed forward by gate sentries, and will be implemented at NAS Patuxent River, Webster Outlying Field, and Navy Recreation Center Solomons. “Unlike the current entry procedure, where drivers come right up to the gate and show their credentials, the new stop-and-proceed will have drivers stop at a painted line with posted signage and wait to be signaled forward by the Naval Security Forces sentry,” said Allan Mayor, deputy antiterrorism officer at NAS Patuxent River. “Once directed by the sentry, drivers will then approach and stop at the sentry and present ID for verification.” Mayor explained that the new procedures are intended to add an extra degree of scrutiny by security personnel to vehicles entering the installation. It allows sentries at the gates a brief but critical additional period for sentries to visually identify vehicles and occupants, and provided direction to approach when the sentry is ready. “Following the attacks at NAS Corpus Christi and […]
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