Public Notice: Air station resumes normal operations, flood threat remains
Marine Corps Air Station New River has resumed normal operations since Hurricane Joaquin is no longer forecast to potentially impact the installation, and the emergency operations center has directed all commands to set Tropical Cyclone Condition V.
At TCC V, the potential for the occurrence of destructive weather is elevated, but no specific tropical system threatens the area.
However, the area has been inundated with rainfall over the past week, and due to an upper level system bringing a prolonged period of heavy rain to the region today through the weekend, flooding is possible inland and along the coast, especially in urban and poor drainage areas.
All motorists are advised to reduce speed and increase their following distance during periods of heavy rain, and motorists should always turn around and choose a different route when water is running across a road. Just six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and slide, and twelve inches of water will float many vehicles.
Air station residents should stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest information regarding this weather system, school delays, road closures and other important announcements. Residents may also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mcasnewriver or call the Automated Information System at 451-1717.
Public Notice: Camp Lejeune & New River to delay start of testing new access control program using handheld scanners to Oct. 12
Due to the extensive logistical activities required to prepare the installation for the inclement weather, the RAPIDGate program originally scheduled for Oct. 5 has been delayed until Oct. 12. For a copy of the original message, see below:
In the coming months, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River will gradually phase in a new access control system using handheld scanners called RAPIDGate. RAPIDGate is an enterprise-level security system already in use at many other Marine Corps installations and is designed to maintain safety and security while providing greater throughput efficiency at access control points. As part of the RAPIDGate program, gate sentries at Camp Lejeune and New River will start testing the scanners on Oct. 12 to ensure proper functionality and procedures.
The handheld scanners will scan, read, and verify a wide assortment of government and state issued ID cards, to include Department of Defense Common Access Cards, DoD Retired & Military Dependent Cards, U.S. and Canadian driver's licenses and identification cards.
"The scanning of credentials allows our installation security personnel to quickly and accurately verify the credential format and expiration date, while also preventing access to individuals who have been debarred from the installations," said Marc Farr, Deputy Police Chief, Provost Marshals Office. "Visitors must still stop at the Pass and ID center to obtain access to the installations."
At this time, ALL patrons with credentialed access to the installations will not be impacted, however in the next few months, non-military personnel such as vendors, contractors, sub-contractors and service providers who require frequent access to the installations will be given an opportunity to enroll in the RAPIDGate program. This will allow for expedited vetting onto the installations for the duration of their contract for up to one (1) year. Those who do not participate in the program will be issued a one-time 30-day pass followed by a requirement to renew their pass every four (4) days at the installation Contractor Vetting Office located in Building 812. Additional information and timelines will be provided directly to these impacted patrons in the near future.
Beginning Oct. 12, commuters should allow for additional time to enter the installations as these security measures are implemented and the scanners are used.
For additional information on the RAPIDGate program or the scanners, go to www.rapidgate.com or contact the MCIEAST Public Affairs office at 910-451-7440.