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New policy prohibits ride share services on Sheppard

Sheppard AFB

Tech. Sgt. Michele Klein of the 82nd Security Forces Squadron performs a simulated traffic stop at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 3, 2018. If you are ever pulled over by SF personnel, you should immediately turn your blinker to acknowledge compliance and pull over to the first possible safe location. Although you may greet the patrolman, never exit your vehicle unless instructed to do so. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Clites)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – A new installation policy prohibits ride share programs from serving customers on Sheppard AFB, the 82nd Security Forces Squadron announced recently.

While ride share companies and services have become popular, they also present a significant risk to Team Sheppard members. The 82nd SFS should be notified immediately of any suspicious activity.

“Although ride share is becoming an increasingly popular mode of travel, they may not enter the installation,” SFS said in a newsletter. “There are several large, well-known companies and smaller local companies that can be used off the installation. The use of or act of providing a ride share service is prohibited on Sheppard AFB in any capacity.”

Alternative methods of transportation are available with access to the base including local taxi services and city buses, which includes a route from Sheppard AFB to Sikes Senter that runs on regular intervals. People interested in using ride share companies can be picked up and dropped off at the bus stop located outside the main gate.

Only those drivers with a valid identification card, have a valid purpose to be on base and have been properly vetted before accessing the base will be allowed on Sheppard.

Military members found to be using a ride share program on base will be in violation of Article 92 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice and face administrative punishment. Non-military personnel could be barred from the base.

Defense Department ID card holders – military, civilian, dependent, contractor, retiree, etc. – are not authorized to provide ride share services on the installation. It is considered an abuse of their credentials and they could face disciplinary action.

Trusted Traveler policy
ID cardholders are authorized to vouch for occupants of a vehicle or pedestrians entering Sheppard AFB and escort them without identity proofing, vetting or pass issuance through the Trusted Traveler Program. The cardholder must know who they are vouching for when providing entering the base.

Visitors will not be required to possess a visitor’s pass from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Escorts must remain with their visitors at all times while the guest in on Sheppard. A visitor that will be unescorted at any time must have a visitor’s pass.

The Trusted Traveler Program cannot be used to vouch for ride share drivers. People violating the program will be subject to disciplinary or debarment actions.

For more information, call 940-676-2981.