Fort Knox tightens security measures

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Changes went into effect this week

By John Friedlein

Entering Fort Knox has become more complicated as the post aligns its security procedures with the country’s other military installations.

“We’re having a little more accountability,” Fort Knox spokesman Ken Beyer said.

There was no specific event behind the decision, he said.

Fort Knox still encourages members of the surrounding community to use its facilities, such as the Bowling Center and Lindsey Golf Course, Beyer said.

“We’re not trying to keep anybody from coming on the post,” he said.

Visitors must obtain an auto decal from the Morale Welfare and Recreation office for MWR functions or the One Stop Center. They can preregister at the Chaffee Gate Visitor Control Center.

Beyer encourages those who need stickers to get them early to avoid traffic bottlenecks. They will need to present vehicle registration, proof of insurance and a photo I.D.

To accommodate the change, the post has increased the size of the visitors center and hired more workers for it with customer service in mind, Beyer said.

Stickers will have different expiration dates, depending on the function — such as a bowling league’s duration.

After Jan. 15, visitors without decals must stop by the Chaffee Gate Visitor Control Center. Visitors who only visit the installation occasionally, such as once a month to play golf, can get day passes.

Fort Knox will make accommodations for events such as weddings and sporting events, Beyer said. For instance, a bus coming onto post for a basketball game would enter through the Chaffee Gate but not need a pass.

As for construction workers, they usually already need a sticker.

Beyer said he doesn’t think tightening security will be a challenge. Army officials have talked “quite a bit” to the community about the changes.

The goal is to improve the safety of soldiers and civilians working on post, he said. And it doesn’t have to do with the realignment that is transforming Fort Knox into more of an administrative center.