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Keep the Lines Moving: Tips for Drivers at the Gates

A driver presents the back of an ID card for scanning to a sentry at Gate 1.
Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Ramsey Horton demonstrates how to provide ID to Navy installation sentries at Naval Support Activity Bethesda during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Drivers should pull down their masks to expose their face, and present both sides of their ID card to show the front and the back with barcode, allowing for a contactless scan by security personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez)

08/07/20 12:36 PM

From NSA Bethesda Public Affairs

As the pandemic recovery continues and traffic on Naval Support Activity Bethesda continues to gradually increase, lines at the gates may occasionally be longer.

To assist the sentries with getting everyone through the gates in a timely manner, drivers can take several steps to expedite the ID check process.

First, seatbelts. Make sure all passengers are wearing seatbelts or are properly restrained with safety mechanisms (e.g., child safety seats).

Second, lights and wipers. Be sure to dim your headlights and turn off your wipers as you approach. Vehicles with daytime running lights can be dimmed to the DRL setting.

Third, face coverings. If you’re wearing a face covering, be sure to pull it down before reaching the gate to allow your face to be seen clearly by the sentry.

Fourth, CAC ID holders should have their CAC ID out, holding it by the corner so it’s able to be flipped. Present the photo side first, then flip it to show the back, allowing the barcode to be scanned.

Once the card is scanned and the sentry indicates it’s ok to enter, to turn on headlights (if appropriate), pull your mask up, and continue to your destination.

These steps will help keep you safe and help our team move the process along as the sentries work to protect the installation for the thousands who visit and work on NSA Bethesda every day.