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Holloman vehicle registration decals to be eliminated

Mr. Gilbert Almario checks the ID of a base on-comer. The 100 percent ID check rule will be the way the gate guards ensure only authorized personnel gain acces to Holloman after the vehicle registration decals are eliminated March 1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jamal Sutter)

Mr. Gilbert Almario checks the ID of a base on-comer. The 100 percent ID check rule will be the way the gate guards ensure only authorized personnel gain acces to Holloman after the vehicle registration decals are eliminated March 1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jamal Sutter)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Starting March 1, vehicles entering Holloman are not required to register on base, therefore eliminating the need for vehicle decals and vehicle passes. 

"This decision was based on the fact that since 9-11 the Air Force has enforced 100 percent ID checks at all installation entry points, making the decals unnecessary," said Mr. James Warden, 49th Security Forces Squadron. 

The initiative will be implemented Air Force-wide and will save the service $727,000 a year, said Maj. Carlton Bailey, 49th Security Forces Squadron commander.. 

"Current state requirements for licensing, registration, insurance, safety inspections, etc. will still apply," said Mr. Warden. "Security Forces will check for compliance of these requirements randomly at the gates and during traffic enforcement." 

All Airmen should leave the decal stickers on their vehicles until the decal has expired. This is not a Department of Defense policy; decals are still required for vehicles accessing Ft. Bliss and White Sands Missile Range. Personnel wishing to access these installations without decals will be required to obtain a pass. 

"Once the decal expires, scrape it off and turn it into Pass and ID in the Welcome Center," said Major Bailey. 

The elimination of vehicle decals will not make it any harder for Airmen to get on base or any easier for unauthorized personnel to get on base. 

"We accomplish 100 percent ID check and do not see that going away anytime soon," said Major Bailey. 

Although vehicle passes will no longer be issued, base visitors still need to obtain an AF Form 75, Visitor's Pass before gaining access to Holloman. 

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Sam Rashe at the Welcome Center, 572-5920.