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October 14, 2011

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Vehicle decal requirement eliminated at McCoy

Effectively immediately, display of Department of Defense (DoD) Form 2220 vehicle decals no longer is required for access to Fort McCoy.

Fort McCoy Chief of Police Rob Stapel, said the Visitor Control Center (VCC), building 35, will no longer issue vehicle decals. The registered owner or authorized operator of a privately owned vehicle (POV) may remove the decals.

However, if the vehicle decals are removed, the registered owner or authorized operator is responsible for the surrender of the decals at the VCC. Stapel added the primary focus for the VCC personnel will shift toward identity proofing and vetting unescorted visitors and short-term contractors or vendors for access to Fort McCoy.

Motorists with DoD-issued photo ID cards, Common Access Cards (CAC), and approved Installation Access Credential (IAC) are considered vetted and proofed for access to the installation.

The new requirement will not affect gate-entrance operating hours. Anyone without government identification must enter through the Main Gate, which is open 24/7.

Those with government ID cards still can use Gates 5 (Sparta) or 15 (Tomah) from 5:30-8 a.m. (entry) and 3-5:30 p.m. (exit) weekdays.

Otherwise, motorists must use the Main Gate. Authorized motorists also can enter and exit through Gate 20 on a 24/7 basis.
Other personnel in POVs entering the installation must have a valid purpose to enter the installation. If personnel do not have valid government identification, they must have their identity proofed and vetted and be issued or in possession of an authorized and valid visitor pass, Stapel said.

Personnel requiring visitor passes must enter through the Main Gate. Visitor passes can be obtained at the VCC from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays or outside of those times from the police personnel in the lanes at the Main Gate as vehicles are entering the post, he added.

Even though vehicle registration is no longer required as part of the installation procedure for access control, all POVs must be licensed, registered and insured, in accordance with state and local laws to enter Fort McCoy. In accordance with Fort McCoy Regulation 190-5, Installation Access Control & Traffic Code, motorists must have these documents available if they are asked for them.

Rental vehicles are considered POVs for the purposes of installation entry and access control.

A vehicle-rental contract will be considered proof of proper licensing, registration and insurance for installation-access purposes.

The change will not affect business/commercial motorists who use the RapidGate system as it is an approved IAC. Stapel said these people will continue to follow the terms of this program, generally having business at Fort McCoy in excess of 90 days or more, to gain access to Fort McCoy. For more information about the RAPIDGate system, vendors can call RAPIDGate Sales and Services at 1-877-727-4342.

Any vehicles and personnel in those vehicles who enter Fort McCoy must agree to abide by any installation and access-control programs/systems/procedures, including random antiterrorism measurement programs and any identification checks, such as scanning devices, that are in operation when they enter the installation.

Army Regulation 190-5, Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision, and Fort McCoy Regulation 190-5, Installation Access Control and Traffic Code, will be updated in coordination with other services, the Office of the Provost Marshal, and locally by the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES), Stapel said.

Questions in the Fort McCoy community can be addressed by calling DES at 608-388-2000.

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