Security changes coming to Maxwell Air Force Base

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - New security measures are coming to Maxwell and Gunter Air Force Bases.  Officials there say they will make it safer for people who live and work on the bases.  The changes involve using new technology to quickly determine whether someone coming onto base is a threat.

All I.D. cards will be registered into a new computer system called the Defense Biometric Identification System.  That would allow guards at the gates to scan those ids instantly.  Security forces are also implementing background checks of every person who regularly comes on base.

"In the future, our new system will be able to draw from that information and we'll be able to check for wants or warrants right here at the gate," said Sgt. Joshua Allen, of Maxwell Air Force Base.

All Department of Defense employees, dependents and retirees will need to register their cards in the new system.   Contractors will have to come to the visitor's center to get their new identification cards.  The base will begin installing the new system is a few weeks, and will begin implementing the system after the first of the year.

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