What to Know About Fort Gordon Access
Due to a new Department of Defense policy, visitors coming to Fort Gordon who do not have a federal government-issued identification card will be subject to a National Crime Investigation Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC III) background check before being allowed to enter the installation; The NCIC III checks as used as the basis for the Fort Gordon Access Suitability Criteria Standards.
The Installation Commander or his/her designated representative may deny access and access credentials based on the information obtained during the identity vetting that indicates the individuals may present a threat to the good order, discipline, or morale of the installation, including, but not limited to the following:
- Unable to verify the identity of the individual
- Current arrest warrant
- Currently barred from a federal installation or facility
- Convicted of sex crimes, sexual assault, rape, child molestation, child pornography, trafficking humans and registered sex offender
- Conviction of armed robbery
- Conviction of drug possession with intent to distribute
- Conviction of espionage, sabotage, treason or terrorism
- Conviction of murder
- Conviction of felony firearms or explosives violation
- Acts to overthrow the government
- Conviction of Arson
- Identified on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB)
In cases where an un-cleared contractor, subcontractor or visitor is denied access based on derogatory information obtained from and NCIC III check, the Visitor Control Center (VCC) will issue the denied individual instructions on how and where to submit a waiver.
Those who show a common access card (CAC card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or an Automated Installation Entry Card will not be affected.
This step is being taken to ensure that Fort Gordon is in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which requires that 100 percent of visitors be vetted prior to entering the installation. Although this is a DoD-wide initiative, we are doing all we can to streamline the process for accessing Fort Gordon, and to make this as painless as possible for you while ensuring the security of our installation.
This policy is being implemented in phases:
- Phase I was initiated on October 1, 2014, which applied to un-cleared contractors/volunteers who work on Fort Gordon and who are ineligible to obtain a DoD ID card. Contractors, volunteers and other non-DoD employees who fall into the Phase I category must contact their Contracting Officer Representative (COR) or government sponsor for installation access and background check submission to Physical Security. The COR or government sponsor is the active duty or federal employee who has oversight of the prime or sub-contractor whom is providing a service to that particular agency. For example, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has a contract with “ACME” construction and ACOE’s COR coordinates with ACME’s supervisor to ensure their prime contractors and sub-contractors obtain a background check and pass. The COR will coordinate with the Physical Security Office on the contractor’s behalf. The Physical Security Office will not accept requests from contractors who work on Fort Gordon. All Phase I category contractors must obtain a favorable background check and pass to gain access to the installation.
- Phase II was implemented on October 6, 2015. It applies to local businesses and infrequent contractors who request access to the installation and provide a service to Fort Gordon, e.g., FedEx, UPS, fast food delivery, short term instructors, etc. For Phase II category personnel, the supervisor/manager of the business office organization must submit a list of your employees and a pass request form for each employee to Physical Security. All Phase II personnel must obtain a favorable background check and pass to gain access to the installation. Once pass authorization has been granted by the Physical Security office, employees can pick up their pass at the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at McKenna Gate (intersection of Jimmy Dyess Parkway and Gordon Highway). Passes can be renewed every 30 days. For Phase II personnel who travel in vehicles that require inspection, the background check will not exempt you from future inspections, so you must continue to get your vehicle inspected at Gate #3 (Commercial gate) or McKenna Gate, Gate #1.
- Phase III applies to small group events, such as weddings, birthday parties, golf tournaments, etc. Phase III category personnel can request a pre-vetted pass through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program (weddings, birthdays, etc.) Gordon Club manager after submission of an NCIC background check. Requests must be submitted 30 days prior to your event to allow ample time to complete the background check and process a pre-vetted pass that will allow access at any gate. Please contact your MWR representative for assistance.
- Phase IV implementation took effect April 15, 2016 and applies to all routine public visitors (US citizens) requesting access to the installation 18 years of age and older. See the boxed information below for details.
Visitors will apply for their background check and access pass at the Visitor Control Center at McKenna Gate (Gate 1). Forms are available there. However, if you have a question regarding how to apply for access, contact the Physical Security Office at (706) 791-4397.
For more information, see Garrison Commander's Policy Memorandum #41, Installation Access Control.
Effective 1 September 2016, there are changes in operating hours of certain gates and Visitor Controls Centers (VCC)
VISITOR CONTROL CENTER (VCC) HOURS:
• Gate 1 (McKenna Gate) VCC: Monday - Sunday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. (new)
• Gate 3 VCC (commercial gate): Gate 3 Commercial VCC hours will be from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. (new); after 2 p.m., all commercial traffic will go thru Gate 1 for inspection. POV traffic thru Gate 3 is still 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Only personnel with valid DoD cards or a valid pass is authorized access after midnight. No passes will be issued from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m.
• Gate 1 (McKenna Gate): 24/7, Monday - Sunday
• Gate 2: 4 a.m. (new) - 8 p.m., Monday - Friday
• Gate 3: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
• Gate 5: 5 a.m. - 1 a.m., Monday - Sunday