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New MacDill security policy requires base passes for all

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Published:   |   Updated: November 18, 2013 at 06:37 PM

TAMPA — For the second time in about a month, MacDill Air Force Base has instituted a new security policy at its entry gates.

Starting about two weeks ago, anyone trying to get on base is required to have a pass, according to Air Force 2nd. Lt. Patrick Gargan, a spokesman for the 6th Air Mobility Wing.

In October, the base changed its policy to require that all passengers in vehicles where the driver had a base access pass were allowed on base as long as they had a drivers license. About two weeks ago, the base updated its policy again ,requiring that anyone without a base access pass stop at the Visitors Center at the Dale Mabry gate and get a pass before being allowed on base.

Those seeking a temporary pass must present a valid drivers license, along with their name, said Gargan. Personnel at the center then run security checks on the individuals before getting them on the base access list.

About 9,000 people pass through the gates at MacDill every day, according to the wing.

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