Gate access procedures to change with
installation of RAPIDGate equipment
|Fort McCoy will introduce new gate access procedures in
the near future to improve security and to further streamline the
process to access the installation.
Kathryn Kirkpatrick, chief of physical security for the Fort McCoy
Directorate of Emergency Services, said the new features will be the
implementation of a scanning device to screen motorists and a new vendor
registration system. The changes will help Fort McCoy meet the new
Department of Defense security requirements for military installations.
Police still will staff the main entrance gates, Gates 5 (Sparta), 15
(Tomah), 20 (military vehicles) and the Main Gate, Kirkpatrick said, but
now will have the ability to scan identification cards to verify
Gate hours will remain the same. Gates 5 and 15 are open 5:30-8 a.m.
(entry) and 3-5:30 p.m. (exit) weekdays, while the Main Gate and Gate 20
are open 24/7 for both entry and exit.
“The scanning device will help officers determine the validity of an
identification card or driver’s license being used by motorists
attempting to gain access to Fort McCoy,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s
another tool we have, such as dog searches and random access measurement
procedures to help keep the installation work force safe,” and to
prevent entry by unauthorized people.
The other change will be the implementation of the RAPIDGate Program for
commercial vendors, suppliers, service providers and contractors serving
the installation. Kirkpatrick said the RAPIDGate Program is offered by
Eid Passport, Inc.® The RAPID portion of the name is an acronym for
“registered and previously identified.”
Members in the program are screened and, upon successful completion of
the procedures, are issued an identity credential, similar to a smart
card, which will allow them streamlined access to the installation
through any of the gates that can support their vehicles. This will
result in less waiting time for these people at the gates.
“The RAPIDGate Program has tremendous potential to improve the
efficiency and security of contract and vendor work at Fort McCoy,”
Kirkpatrick said. “We have seen the success of this program at other
installations and highly encourage our vendors, suppliers, service
providers and contractors to register for the program.”
Because all RAPIDGate Program participants have been previously
screened, participants will enjoy more convenient and expedient access
to Fort McCoy and only be subject to the same screenings as members of
the Fort McCoy work force, she said.
“We chose these systems to give the widest spectrum of service to our
customers with the least amount of impact on the community and our
officers,” Kirkpatrick said.
To participate in the RAPIDGate Program at Fort McCoy, companies must
call Eid Passport directly at 1-877-727-4342. Employees of enrolled
companies can use the self-service registration station, located at the
Welcome Center, building 35, near the Main Gate. Registration captures
personal information, a photo and digital fingerprints for identity
For more information about gate access procedures at Fort McCoy, call