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  • DOD badging process changes

  • Following the investigation into the Naval Shipyard shooting, all badging processes are being tightened throughout the Department of Defense.
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  • NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE —  Following the investigation into the Naval Shipyard shooting, all badging processes are being tightened throughout the Department of Defense.
    All personnel 16 years of age or older need to be vetted for any criminal convictions, affiliations with an organization that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. Government, barment from a Navy installation or any other derogatory information within the Navy Law Enforcement Database before entering a military installation.
    The Navy Region Dispatch, in addition to directing first responders throughout Navy Region Southwest, performs vetting on all applicants applying for entry into any of the 10 Navy Region Southwest installations, including NAWS China Lake, as well as two other Navy sites outside the region.  By itself, NAWS China Lake submits applications for 300 to 400 badges per day.
    One significant impact of this new requirement is the increased time that it will take to physically receive the badge - typically two weeks.  Once a person has submitted the application at Pass & ID, the applicant will be asked to call (760) 939-3160 or (760) 939-1095 in two weeks to see if their badge has been approved or not.  If there are no problems, the requestor will then be asked to come in and to have his or her photo taken and to complete the badging process.  Sponsors of community badges only have to be present at the initial request and for renewals, not at the completion of the badging process.
    It has been recently noted that some people are being denied access due to the fact their information is “non-automated” via the National Crime Information Center, the database used for the background checks.  This does not mean the person has a criminal record or any derogatory information, it simply means the person’s record is not available for review in that database.
    Without the ability to review an applicant’s record, access can no longer be granted for that person for onto a military base.  Persons denied access because of this will be being asked to submit a request for their records, along with their fingerprints, to the FBI. Once the records are received, the Security Office will enter the applicant into the automated database and a badge can be issued.  The instructions on how to do this are at http://www.fbi.gov /about-us/ciis/nics/general-information/cgbrochure.pdf.
    “While this situation is not wide spread, there are a few local people, including leaders within our community with spotless reputations, being denied access because their names are not in NCIC’s automated database’” said NAWS China Lake Commanding Officer Capt. Dennis Lazar. “They are being asked to go to the expense and inconvenience of getting their own records from the FBI to submit to an installation’s security office.  I realize that is frustrating and a huge inconvenience.  I can assure you we are actively pursuing a more streamlined fix to this issue, but right now this is our reality.  Please bear with us. It is imperative for the Navy at large to know the background of the people who are requesting permission to come aboard our Installations and this is the chosen method to accomplish that. In the wake of the Navy Yard shooting tragedy, we must get this right.”  
    Page 2 of 2 - If immediate access to the base is required, a temporary one-day pass can still be issued.  Instead of turning in the application to NRD to be processed, Pass & ID personnel, or the guard at the gate, will radio the request in and NRD will do the background check as soon as possible.  This can take up to two hours, so personnel should plan accordingly.  The good news is, once a person has been vetted, getting future badges will not take as long.
    Lazar still encourages the local community to apply for a community badge, as opposed to the day pass, not only to take advantage of the Morale, Welfare and Recreational facilities and activities on base but also to ease the lines at the Pass & ID office.
    “Getting a community badge just makes sense. If you’re being vetted anyway, why walk out with just a day pass? Get the badge and save yourself time in the future. Once you have the community badge, you won’t have to go through the process again for another year,” said Lazar.  
    Local personnel can get a community badge if they live in the surrounding area, use it for recreational or non-work related reasons and are recommended by someone who already has a badge.
    Badge holders are urged to initiate the renewal process at least two weeks prior to the badge expiring.

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