Effective Feb. 7
The Secretary of the Army has directed an Army-wide upgrade to installation access control policies. In addition to requiring 100 percent identity checks at the gates, all visitors who do not possess a Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) identification card will be required to either:
a. Obtain an installation access pass or badge, which includes a background check
b. Be escorted at all times by an authorized individual (generally any individual with a
DOD CAC identification card with the exception of contractors)
To obtain a pass, individuals will be required to provide a valid government issued ID card (valid state issued driver’s license, passport, etc.), their full name, date of birth, and place of birth. Social Security numbers are not required but can expedite processing. All personal information will be protected. Short term passes (generally 30 days or less) may be obtained at the Las Cruces Gate Visitor Control Center. Long term access passes (up to one calendar year) will be issued by the WSMR Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Installation Physical Security Office in building 427. Individuals requiring frequent access will be issued a WSMR picture ID badge from the ID Card Section in building 465 .
The WSMR DES will run a National Crime Information Center background check on all visitors and Non-CAC eligible contractors or vendors desiring access. The time for the background check process will vary, and may take 10 minutes or longer based on workload and number of individuals in line for entry. Individuals with issues such as an outstanding arrest warrants, recent felony convictions, or on the Terrorist Screening Database will be denied access, and if appropriate will be turned over to legal authorities. Individuals who have been denied access and have a legitimate need to enter the installation may request an access waiver.
To prevent unnecessary delays at the gate, all vendors, delivery personnel, frequent visitors, service providers, etc. should immediately make contact with their sponsoring activity to coordinate for a background check and appropriate access credential.
These new measures may increase traffic delays at access control points; however, federal workers and DOD identification cardholders will experience the fewest delays. If you have questions regarding these changes, please call the DES Physical Security Branch at 575-678-8602 or e-mail: usarmy.wsmr.imcom-central.list.physical- firstname.lastname@example.org.