Health & Safety

January 31, 2014

Can you legally escort or sponsor a visitor onto March Field?

Do you need to bring a visitor onto the base? Do you know the procedures? The 452nd Security Forces Squadron’s Pass & Registration department is the place to go to learn the procedures and find answers.

As a closed military base, it is critical that every person assigned to or visiting March Air Reserve Base or adhere to the base policy, that visitors must either be escorted or sponsored by an Active Duty, Guard, Reserve or DOD employee, or his or her dependent, per Air Force Instruction 31-113.

Escort authority allows a person with a valid DOD identification card to vouch for any vehicle occupants or pedestrians, if walking through a pedestrian gate, to escort them without those guests requiring any further vetting.

“Escorted visitors are still subject to any controlled or restricted area limitations, as appropriate,” said Maj. Ryan Robin, Commander, 452nd SFS. Escorted visitors do not need passes, but must remain with their escort at all times as specified in paragraph 6.5 of AFI 31-113, Robin added.

Military, DOD civilians, military retirees, and adult dependents have escort authority based on the validity of their identification, prior honorable service, or dependency status.

All vehicle drivers must present a valid driver’s license, proof of current insurance and registration.

Escorted visitors must present a government-issued, state or federal ID card with photo and are not authorized to escort additional visitors. The base commander will determine escort rules for DOD dependents under the age of 18.

All personnel entering the installation are subject to ID card checks. One hundred percent ID card checks will not be advertised, but conducted by the 452nd SFS when required by random Force Protection measures. The 452nd SFS has the right to require any and all personnel to present ID at any time. This policy requires escorts to remain with the personnel they bring onto the base during the entirety of the guest’s stay on the installation.

Having sponsorship authority allows approved individuals, with DOD affiliation, to take responsibility for verifying and authorizing an applicant’s need for a locally-produced ID credential to facilitate unescorted access to an installation as specified in paragraph 6.6 of AFI 31-113.

Active, and Guard and Reserve personnel on official orders, Common Access Card holders (including contractor CAC holders) and dependents are authorized to sponsor individuals onto an installation they are affiliated with or assigned to.

Foreign national affiliates with a U.S. DOD CAC are authorized to sponsor individuals onto the installation in accordance with Foreign Visit System regulations and major command guidance. The Air Force Instructions states that individuals sponsored by foreign national affiliates must be properly vetted prior to the issuance of a temporary visitor pass. Sponsored visitors will receive a pass that allows for unescorted entry after vetting, and based on sponsorship by authorized/vetted ID card/local pass holders.

It is important to keep in mind that sponsors have the ultimate responsibility for sponsored visitors while their guests are on base. Sponsors may not receive any monetary gain for sponsoring visitors on to the military installation. Sponsors must physically appear at the VCC with their visitor to obtain a pass. The 452nd SFS personnel will check the visitor against the base-barment roster as well as the base driving suspension roster prior to issuing a pass.

“If the VCC is closed, the individual doing the sponsoring and the individual to be sponsored need to go to the main gate in order to request their pass,” said Master Sgt. Jeff Dennis, NCOIC, Police Services, 452nd SFS.

Prior to signing visitors onto the base, the 452nd SFS Pass and Registration office will require sponsors to read, understand, and acknowledge their duties and responsibilities as an escort.

“These sponsor duties are critical and your accountability as a sponsor is what enables this program to work, allowing individuals onto the installation, for whom you personally vouch, while still ensuring the highest level of security for March,” said Lt. Col. Deric Prescott, 951st Reserve Support Squadron Judge Advocate.

“Individuals found in violation of this escort policy can be charged with violation of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Failure to Obey Order or Regulation, and/or can lose their escort privileges. They themselves can also be barred from the installation,” said Prescott. In addition, receiving payment for allowing access to military installation is a violation of Article 134 General Article, False or Unauthorized pass offenses, he added.

One of the reasons why this program is so vital, and that sponsors take their responsibility seriously, is that we have seen the outcome when members fail to be accountable for their guests.

On June 20, 2008, unescorted civilian visitors that were sponsored onto this installation were responsible for the theft of military property with an estimated value of $575,000, from the 452nd Operations Support Squadron, March ARB. These suspects stole approximately 43 night vision goggles, 43 battery packs, 29 helmets, radio test sets, specialized tool kits, etc., among other sensitive military equipment. Military installations surrounding March ARB have also experienced similar incidents where unescorted visitors wondered alone and into sensitive and restricted locations such as the Wing Operations Center, Command Post, and onto the flight line.

If there are any questions pertaining to escort procedures, contact the 452nd SFS Pass & Registration at 951-655-3791.

If you witness a criminal act and would like to report the incident anonymously to AFOSI please follow the below instructions:

HOW TO REPORT AN ANONYMOUS TIP USING YOUR SMART PHONE:

1. Download “TipSoft” or “TipSubmit” on the App Store or Market.

2. Choose “Manually Select an Agency”

3. Choose “USA” then “Federal Agency” then “AFOSI”

4. Create a Password

5. Select “New Tip”

6. Fill out form with as much information as possible

7. Select “Submit Tip”

HOW TO REPORT AN ANONYMOUS TIP VIA TEXT MESSAGE:

1. Text “AFOSI” plus your trip information to 274637 (CRIMES)

HOW TO REPORT AN ANONYMOUS TIP ONLINE:

1. Visit: www.tipsubmit.com or the extended site at www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?agencyID=1111.




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