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Vandenberg to implement DBIDS

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- All personnel living on or requiring access to Vandenberg AFB will soon have to register their ID cards with a new installation access database known as the Defense Biometric Identification System, or DBIDS.

Registration will begin Aug. 16 and run through Oct. 15, and all Department of Defense ID cardholders, including military, retirees, DOD contractors, dependents and civilians affiliated with Vandenberg, must register or they will be denied base access.

Currently there are more than 18,000 individuals either assigned to or who need access to Vandenberg AFB, so all are encouraged to register early in the window to avoid a last minute rush.

DBIDS is a Homeland Security-DOD initiative to manage personnel, property and installation access. Thirty Air Force bases were using DBIDS at the end of July 2010, and eventually, it's expected the system will be implemented DOD wide.

The registration time will take approximately two to five minutes. For convenience and to expedite processing, beginning Aug. 16 through Oct. 15, the 30th Security Forces Squadron has made the following locations and times available for people to register:

. Visitor Control Center (Building 17595), daily, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

. Pass and Registration (Building 11777) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

. Military Personnel Flight (Building 11777) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

. Base Clinic (Building 13850, main entrance) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

. Duane G. Wolfe Fitness and Sports Center (Building 10130, main entrance) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Visitor Control Center, Pass and Registration and MPF Customer Service will conduct ongoing registration for personnel after Oct. 15.

"If an individual's DOD ID card does not have a bar code on the back, they will need to be issued a new ID card," said Master Sgt. Steven Ingrahm, the 30th SFS NCO in charge of reports and analysis.

DBIDS registers the bar codes located on the ID card in the system. Each bar code is specific to each ID card.

"As you enter the gate your ID card will be scanned and your information and picture will appear," Sergeant Ingrahm said. "This positively identifies you as the owner of the ID card you are using to gain entry on to the installation."

Once registered in the system, individuals will not have to register again unless information or status of their DOD ID card changes.

Some 30 Air Force bases are already using DBIDS. For more information, call Master Sgt. Quintin Thomas or Staff Sgt. Jason Varela at 606-0765.