Osan expects gate delays as AFOC personnel transition to DBIDS
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Beginning midnight July 1, 2012, processing through Osan Air Base's Morin and main gates might take a little longer, as everyone gets checked through the Defense Biometric Identification System, also known as DBIDS.
A recent agreement with Republic of Korea's Air Force Operations Center leaders paved the way for this improvement to base security and accountability by adding ROK military personnel, families and civilians into the U.S. Forces Korea-administered system. Osan is the last of three USFK installations to migrate and meet Department of Defense-mandated compliance.
"In the end, this will make Osan more secure. I ask for everyone's patience and understanding during this transition," said Col. Luke Closson, 51st Mission Support Group commander. "Over time, we'll see decreased wait times at the gates without sacrificing security."
The transition culminates 12 months of planning and preparations by the 51st Security Forces Squadron, according to Bryan Kwasniewski, 51st SFS Plans and Programs chief.
Recently, 51st SFS technicians trained the ROK guards on DBIDS checks and tracking systems. An estimated 6,000 AFOC-associated people are being added to the database.
"We could see delays in the initial phase," Kwasniewski said.
Any Korean entering Osan's gates will have their USFK Form 37EK ID card or another form of U.S. military-issued identification scanned.
"This will add more positive control of installation access and entry," he said.
While the U.S.-controlled Morin and Main gates will employ this identification verification system, the ROKAF gate will continue with established procedures. This may increase congestion at the gate closest to AFOC headquarters, so commuters should be prepared for this possibility.
Registering guests will still be performed by 51st SFS guards at the main gate.
DBIDS is a U.S. DOD system developed as a force protection and identity management program used to manage personnel, property and installation access.