Visitors to Fort Bragg receive a thorough background check before security officers grant them access to the installation. The National Crime Information Center check provides a complete criminal history on any non-Department of Defense cardholder who wants to get on post, according to Mickey McQuain, physical security officer, Physical Security Division, Directorate of Emergency Services.
During the check, officers scan a person’s driver’s license. The system then provides results such as BOLO, or be on the lookout, debarment and deserter. A green block grants the individual access to the installation, explained McQuain.
“In addition to that, if it comes up red, there will be an icon that comes up and we can click on that icon and it’ll show us your background,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re wanted for anything, but you might meet the criteria where you cannot be allowed access to the installation and would require a waiver from the garrison commander to determine fitness ability.”
Any person who has been convicted of a felony must have this waiver to get onto Fort Bragg, said McQuain. The only way to submit a waiver is through a military sponsor who must provide a recommendation letter.
The installation will then run additional criminal history checks on the individual, notarize the waiver and send it to the Judge Advocate General for review. JAG then makes a recommendation to the garrison commander based on the totality of information on the person requesting a waiver.
“Then Col. Funck reviews it and determines whether the person is permanently disqualified from coming on the installation or maybe not going to come on for five years; or yes, they’re suitable to come on based on … the material provided by the individual,” McQuain explained.
Col. Brett Funck is Fort Bragg’s garrison commander.
Since October 2016, over 1,800 convicted felons have been denied access to the installation and were required to seek waivers.
Those visitors who are granted access to the installation without a waiver receive one-year credentials, said McQuain. His team also sponsors special event access for certain occasions such as the All America Marathon.
“We just made it easier to come onto Fort Bragg as a convenience,” he said “But the automated installation system, every single day, it’s checking them. So, if they get in trouble, we will find that.”
Fort Bragg’s security team can also set parameters on the visitor’s passes to restrict installation access to certain gates or certain times.
However, physical security is just one piece of Fort Bragg’s “law enforcement nexus,” added McQuain. He said his team provides force protection and is the first layer of defense on the perimeter of the installation, but there is much more that goes into keeping the community safe.
“This is a team concept with the Automated Installation (Entry) system, with the good policing from the Fort Bragg’s Provost Marshal Office, and then the public in general having a change in attitude. We can’t do it by ourselves.”
For specific Fort Bragg crime statistics, visit the Paraglide Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BraggParaglide. On Monday, the page will have a contest to correctly guess the changes in installation crime statistics over the past few years. Correct answers and winners will be announced on Facebook Wednesday morning.