Effective Nov. 23, 2016, at 6 p.m., visitors to Sheppard AFB escorted by permanent party military members (not AITs), government employees with a valid CAC, retirees, adult dependents (16 years or older) or 80 FTW NATO personnel will not require a visitors pass between the hours of 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Escorts must accompany the visitor at all times and are responsible for the visitors conduct while on the installation. If an individual is unescorted at any time, the visitor must have a visitors pass.
The number of personnel that can be escorted is limited to the number of personnel that can legally be transported in the passenger-type vehicle. The policy is not authorized for buses or to vouch for non-US individuals (non U.S. citizens/non U.S. Permanent resident aliens) to include those with foreign passports or identification credentials. All foreign visitors must have a visitors pass and present it to the entry controller. Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., 100% ID checks will be implemented and all visitors will require a pass.
Who CAN escort:
US Military (with exception of Airmen-in-Training/AITs)
DoD Civilians (GS employees)
Dependents (16 years and over)
80 FTW NATO Personnel
Who CANNOT escort:
Foreign Nationals, NAF Employees, Government Contractors, and AITs.
A check of the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC III) is the Air Force’s baseline background check for entrance onto Air Force installations. The 82d Training Wing Commander will, in the absence of an approved waiver, deny unescorted access based on the results of the NCIC III background check, when the results contain credible derogatory information. Such derogatory information includes but is not limited to the following:
· The individual is known to be or reasonably suspected of being a terrorist or belongs to an organization with known terrorism links/support.
· The Security Forces member is unable to verify the individual's claimed identity.
· There is a reasonable basis to believe the individual has submitted fraudulent information concerning his or her identity.
· There is a reasonable basis to believe the individual will attempt to gain unauthorized access to classified documents, information protected by the Privacy Act, information that is proprietary in nature, or other sensitive or protected information.
· There is a reasonable basis to believe the individual will unlawfully or inappropriately use an access credential outside the workplace.
· There is a reasonable basis to believe, based on an individual’s criminal or dishonest history, that issuance of an access credential poses an unacceptable risk to SHEPPARD AFB.
· The individual has/had been barred from entry/access to a Federal installation or facility.
· The individual is wanted by Federal or civil law enforcement authorities, regardless of offense or violation.
· The individual has been incarcerated within the past ten years, regardless of offense/violation, unless released on proof of innocence.
· The individual has any conviction for espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism, or murder.
· The individual’s name appears on any Federal or State agency’s “watch list” or “hit list” for criminal behavior or terrorist activity.
· The individual has been convicted of a firearms or explosive violation within the past ten years.
· The individual has been convicted of sexual assault, armed robbery, rape, child molestation, child pornography, trafficking in humans, or drug possession with intent to sell or drug distribution.
· There is a reasonable basis to believe, based on the individual's material, intentional false statement, deception, or fraud in connection with Federal or contract employment, that issuance of an access credential poses an unacceptable risk to the installation/mission.
· There is a reasonable basis to believe, based on the nature or duration of the individual's alcohol abuse without evidence of substantial rehabilitation, that issuance of an access credential poses an unacceptable risk to SHEPPARD AFB.
· There is a reasonable basis to believe, based on the nature or duration of the individual's illegal use of narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances without evidence of substantial rehabilitation, that issuance of an access credential poses an unacceptable risk to SHEPPARD AFB.
· A statutory or regulatory bar prevents the individual’s contract employment; or would prevent Federal employment under circumstances that furnish a reasonable basis to believe that issuance of a access credential poses an unacceptable risk to SHEPPARD AFB.
· The individual has knowingly and willfully engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. Government by force.
· U.S. citizenship, immigration status, or social security account number cannot be verified.
· Incarcerated for 12 months or longer within the past 5 years, regardless of offense or violation.
· Individuals currently within their first year of parole or probation for any offense.
Note: Any extensive criminal history or offense(s) pending a disposition that do not meet any of the predetermined disqualifying factors will be reviewed to determine if the individual poses an unacceptable risk to the SHEPPARD AFB.
All personnel denied access to Sheppard AFB based on suitability factors will be provided a memorandum from 82 SFS/S5B explaining that they have been denied access to the installation. It will also outline the procedures for individuals to petition for reconsideration.
Persons possessing a DoD or Federal issued identification card or a Sheppard AFB issued pass must present this document at the gate of entry before access is granted. All persons and vehicles are subject to random inspection prior to gaining access.
A Sheppard AFB DoD ID card holder is required to sponsor and validate access for pass requests. Contact your DoD sponsor/organization for information on how to be sponsored on the installation. Walk-ins are processed at the Visitor Control Center in order of arrival. Visitor passes can be issued for up to 72 hours if the sponsor does not reside on Sheppard AFB. If the sponsor lives in Sheppard AFB housing a pass may be issued for up to 21 days if the person being sponsored is a relative or resides outside of the local area.
Non-US citizens requesting access to Sheppard AFB must have a valid reason for entry, possess a valid passport/visa, must undergo a criminal history and ICE background screening, and be issued a Sheppard AFB pass. For information on how to get a pass contact your DoD sponsor/organization or the Visitor Control Center at (940) 676-2066 or 7441. (See information below on the Real ID Act of 2005 and how it may affect your request for access.)
What are the requirements for gaining unescorted access to Sheppard Air Force Base (SHEPPARD AFB)?
A. Any person 16 years and older not in possession of a DoD issued photo identification card will not be issued a visitors pass.
What may prevent me from obtaining access to SHEPPARD AFB?
A. If it is determined by a criminal history screening that you have derogatory information that may present a threat to good order, discipline, or health and safety on SHEPPARD AFB you will be denied unescorted access. Such derogatory information may include, but is not limited to, the following: active warrants, barred from entering SHEPPARD AFB or other federal installations/facilities, felony convictions, registered sex offenders, convicted for espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism, murder, felony firearms or explosives violations, or armed robberies.
If I am denied unescorted access is there an appeal process?
A. Yes. If you are denied unescorted access to SHEPPARD AFB you will receive a denial letter. The letter outlines the appeal process you must complete and submit.
What is the difference between unescorted access and escorted access?
A. US citizens with a validated reason to access and have passed the background screening may request an unescorted access pass. Escorted access requires a DoD ID cardholder accompany the visitor at all times while they are on SHEPPARD AFB.
What is a valid reason for unescorted access to SHEPPARD AFB?
A. Examples for unescorted access onto SHEPPARD AFB may include: operating within a SHEPPARD AFB or DoD contract, vendor or service agreement or service provider; attend Morale, Welfare & Recreation activities such as bowling, etc.; non DoD affiliated clergy; attending colleges on SHEPPARD AFB; those with scheduled job interviews on SHEPPARD AFB.
I want to go to Burger King/Taco Bell/utilize the gym facilities, is that a valid reason to get a pass?
A. No. Patronage of eating establishments on SHEPPARD AFB such as Burger King, Taco Bell, shopping at SHEPPARD AFB retail establishments, general sightseeing, and utilizing the gym facilities are some examples of non-valid reasons to access SHEPPARD AFB unescorted.
How do I obtain a SHEPPARD AFB pass?
A. If you are a contractor, subcontractor, vendor or service provider contact your company human resource manager or your DoD point of contact for information on how to pre-apply for a pass. If you are not in one of the above categories or don't know contact the SHEPPARD AFB Visitor Control Center at (940) 676-2066 or 7441 for information on how to apply.
Can I apply for a pass in advance of my arrival to SHEPPARD AFB?
A. Yes. Your sponsoring agency may submit an entry authority listing is advance. This listing will allow the Visitor Center staff to complete needed background checks in advance and lessen the wait time when you arrive to get your pass. These listings are primarily used for special events with >10 guests/visitors since the wait time for individual passes is not normally long. Any requests with <10 guest/visitors will be denied and the sponsor will physically need to be present with the guest at the Visitor Control Center to be issued a pass.
How long is a SHEPPARD AFB pass good for?
A. The length of time varies based on the demonstrated need for access and as validated by your DoD point of contact but will not exceed 12 months. A pass request longer than 72 hours will require a DoD sponsor/point of contact to validate your need for access. Pass requests for 72 hours or less may be validated by your DoD point of contact or by Visitor Control Center personnel.
I am a DoD ID cardholder can I escort or sponsor a non-DoD ID cardholder onto SHEPPARD AFB?
A1. Yes, however you must be 16 years or older to escort or sponsor a guest/visitor.
A2. If you are a DoD ID cardholder and working as a contractor, subcontractor, vendor or service provider you cannot escort or sponsor anyone related to the furtherance of a contract, vendor agreement or service you are associated with.
I am a SHEPPARD AFB DBIDS issued pass holder can I escort or sponsor persons onto SHEPPARD AFB?
A. No. Your SHEPPARD AFB pass was issued solely for the purpose of your entry to the base as validated by your DoD point of contact. You cannot enter SHEPPARD AFB during times or dates not approved on your pass or enter on to SHEPPARD AFB by any other gate. You cannot escort anyone onto SHEPPARD AFB, however you can sponsor individuals on if you have escort privileges identified on your DBIDS card.
I work for a Federal Agency as a Government employee; do I need a pass?
A. No. Your federal issued credentials are acceptable identification for accessing SHEPPARD AFB once your need for access to the base are verified. It is recommended that all personnel in this category stop at the Visitor Control Center to have their visit validated prior to going to one of the entry points.
I am a DoD ID cardholder and live on SHEPPARD AFB, my adult-age dependent lives with me but no longer qualifies for a DoD ID card. Can I sponsor them for a 12 month pass?
A. Yes. They must have a background screening completed and if approved you may sponsor them for a pass up to 12 months. For relatives living in your on-base housing longer than 21-days you will need to contact the housing contractor and receive their approval before an extended stay pass is issued. Bring a copy of the approved form to the Visitor Control Center when you come in to get the pass. Contact the Visitor Control Center for a long-term pass template which will require approval from the sponsor’s commander, a throughout background check, and final approval/denial from the 82 SFS/CC.
I am a disabled veteran with a Veterans Administration issued medical benefits card; do I need a pass to enter SHEPPARD AFB?
A. Yes. You will need to be listed on the VA appointment list for that given day, undergo a background screening. If approved you will be issued a SHEPPARD AFB pass for the duration of your medical appointment(s).
I am a DoD civilian working on SHEPPARD AFB can I sponsor my spouse for a pass?
A. Yes. You can sponsor your spouse for a SHEPPARD AFB pass for up 72 hours at a time.
I am a divorced spouse no longer with a DoD ID card, I have a child that is a military dependent with an ID card. Can I get a pass to bring them on to SHEPPARD AFB for medical appointments?
A. Yes. Contact the Visitor Center for information on how to apply to become an Agent Escort and receive a long-term DBIDS card.
What if I forget my military CAC or ID on base?
A. If this happens, please stop by the Visitor Control Center. If you have other forms of ID in your possession, we will verify that you have a CAC or ID issued to you and provide you with a temporary pass to allow you time to retrieve your CAC or ID. If you do not have any identification with you, you will have to contact someone to sponsor you on the installation or bring your ID to you.
How does my denial of access to SHEPPARD AFB affect my job?
A. The background screening and subsequent denial of access based on derogatory criminal history is not related to your employment on SHEPPARD AFB. This information is only used to determine suitability for Installation access and not releasable to your employer. Employment decisions are handled solely by your employer.
Am I allowed to bring a weapon on SHEPPARD AFB if I have a concealed carry permit?
A. No. Visitors are not allowed to bring weapons on SHEPPARD AFB.
As of September 15, 2016 Sheppard Air Force Base no longer accepts the following state issued driver licenses or state issued IDs that do not meet the Real ID Act of 2005 standards for unescorted access purposes. The states that do not meet these standards are Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, and Washington. Enhanced DL/IDs from Minnesota+ and Washington+ are accepted forms of identification. In order to be issued a pass or given unescorted access to Sheppard, person(s) requesting access with one of the listed state DLs or IDs will also need to present, along with the non-compliant DL/ID, one of the documents below to prove identity:
U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
Foreign Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Alien Registration Receipt Card, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Broader Crossing Card
ID Card issued by Federal, State or Local government agencies – provided it contains a photograph and biometric information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address
U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Cards/Credentials
Personal Identification Verification or Federally-Issued PIV-1 Cards issued by the federal government or non-federal government entities
Department of Homeland Security “Trusted Traveler Cards” (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
NOTE: Person(s) requesting access with a non-compliant form of identification and cannot provide a supplemental document as listed above, must be escorted by a DoD ID cardholder at all times while on Sheppard.
+Federal officials may continue to accept Enhanced Driver's licenses from these states.
EFFECTIVE: Feb. 10, 2017
Main Gate 24/7
Missile Road Gate 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
National Holiday: CLOSED
PASS & REGISTRATION
EFFECTIVE: Feb. 13, 2017
Visitor Center 940-676-7441
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
AETC Days: CLOSED
Main Gate 940-676-3965
6 p.m.-6 a.m.
Dept. of Homeland Security: Real ID Act