Fort Rucker Addresses New Changes
Beginning Friday, May 29th, a new policy goes into full effect at Fort Rucker-Visitor badges. Those badges are insuring the wrong people don't enter the gates.
"We just want to make Fort Rucker a safer place for people to live, work, and play. We depend on our neighbors in the Wiregrass. They're a significant part of our partnering and we don't wnat to impact that significantly, says Col. Stuart McRae.
He says the new policy shouldn't effect 99% of the people that enter Fort Rucker's gates. But its important to not invite 1% that are registered sex offenders or firearm felons. He says the process is worth it and doesn't take long.
"It will only take about 15-20 minutes. Its a very short process. Its the same process that takes place when a police officer pull over someone."
Col. McRae Says the post will be using the National Crime Information Center database and with that database applicants will know immediatly if they qualify for a badge.
"Its the same database that they're querying and its very quick."
Starting April 27th, visitors will have a 30 day grace period to get their visitor badge.
"In that 30 days we're going to allow people to get a pass that clears them a badge thats good for a year."
After that grace period is over, anyone that doesn't have a badge will be directed to a visitor center to apply for one or they won't be allowed on the post.
Operational hours for visitor centers are 8 am until 4 pm, Monday -Friday.
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