gate changes go into effect Nov. 16
Beginning Nov. 16, the Van Deman Gate will operate 5:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. It will be closed all federal holidays.
The Buffalo Soldier Gate will be open 24/7.
The Van Deman Gate Visitor Control Center will operate the same hours as the Van Deman Gate. It will issue extended passes and accept weapons registration applications to be filled out for later pick-up.
When the Van Deman Gate and Visitor Control Center is closed, the Buffalo Soldier Gate will issue limited passes, valid for up to 30 days.
Brainard Road will be open when Van Deman Gate is closed, allowing motorists exiting the fort convenient access to the Buffalo Soldier Gate.
The change in gate operations will facilitate faster response times for first responders while simultaneously increasing access to Sierra Vista’s West End for installation commuters and residents. It will improve access for Sierra Vista’s new Emergency Medical Services Substation 4 personnel who support Fort Huachuca and allow fort firefighters to quickly provide mutual aid for community emergencies.
Individuals with a common access card (CAC), military ID, military family member ID, Gold Star/Survivor Access ID, or other valid Department of Defense (DoD) credential, are permitted access to Fort Huachuca.
All U.S. visitors, contractors and vendors, 18 years and older, who do not have a DoD identification card will be subject to a background check before being allowed access to the installation. This is to ensure Fort Huachuca is in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which requires 100 percent of visitors be vetted prior to entering the installation unescorted.
As of July 29, 2022, Fort Huachuca implemented the Trusted Traveler program, which enables a driver with a DOD-issued identification (not an installation access badge) to sponsor and escort up to six (6) individuals onto the installation. For additional details and specifics, please see our Trusted Traveler webpage.
To complete a background check and have an installation access badge issued, bring a valid driver's license or government-issued photo identification to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) located at the Van Deman Gate and complete an access request form. As of October 2020, all visitors must present a REAL ID Act-compliant identification to initiate the background check.
Contractors and vendors requiring long-term access (over 30 days) will require a government sponsor. Visitors seeking short-term access (less than 30 days) do not require a government sponsor. Non-sponsored personnel will receive a 30-day access badge. Cochise County residents who successfully complete the background check are eligible for a one-year access badge.
By submitting the form, you are agreeing to a background check which uses the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC III), a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database that provides criminal histories.
ABOUT THE BACKGROUND CHECK
In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 and Army Regulation 190-13, all visitors desiring unescorted access to Fort Huachuca must be vetted through the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index. NCIC III is the Army's baseline background check for entrance onto Army installations for non-common access card (CAC) or non-DoD identification card holders. Upon successful completion of a background check, the individual(s) will be issued a Fort Huachuca installation access badge. This badge is only good for access onto the installation and for presentation to installation security personnel. It is not to be used as a form of identification for other purposes.
The installation commander will deny access to the installation based on the results of the NCIC III check that contain credible derogatory information indicating the individual may present a threat to good order, discipline or health and safety on the installation.
Factors that would constitute an access denial:
- The NCIC III contains criminal arrest information about the individual that causes the installation commander to determine the individual presents a potential threat to the good order, discipline or health and safety on the installation.
- The installation is unable to verify the individual's claimed identity based on the reasonable belief the individual has submitted fraudulent information concerning his or her identity in the attempt to gain access.
- The individual has a current arrest warrant in NCIC III, regardless of the offense or violation.
- The individual is currently barred from entry or access to a federal installation or facility.
- The individual has been convicted of crimes encompassing sexual assault, armed robbery, rape, child molestation, production or possession of child pornography, trafficking in humans, drug possession with the intent to sell or drug distribution.
- The individual has a U.S. conviction for espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism or murder.
- The individual is a registered sex offender.
- The individual has a felony conviction within the past 10 years, regardless of the offense or violation.
- The individual has been convicted of a felony firearms or explosives violation.
- The individual has engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. government by force.
- The individual is identified in the Terrorist Screening Database as known to be or suspected of being a terrorist or belonging to an organization with known links to terrorism or support of terrorist activity.
Those individuals who are denied access will be given a denial access waiver packet to be completed and returned to the Visitor Control Center. The denial waiver committee will review the packet and determine suitability for access to the installation.
The Criminal History Records Section of the Arizona Department of Public Safety serves as the Central State Repository for criminal records in the State of Arizona (see Arizona Revised Statue 41-1750). For offenses occurring outside the state of Arizona, please contact the appropriate jurisdiction to accurately complete the denial access waiver packet.
The subject of a criminal record may review the information contained in the record for the sole purpose of reviewing the accuracy and completeness of their personal record.