Security forces conduct official duties at the main gate at Osan Air Base, South Korea, soon to undergo a substantial renovation, on Thursday, April 11, 2019. MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Security forces conduct official duties at the main gate at Osan Air Base, South Korea, soon to undergo a substantial renovation, on Thursday, April 11, 2019. MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

Work begins Friday on main gate overhaul at Osan Air Base

by Matt Keeler
Stars and Stripes

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Years of planning has paid off for the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, which designed and advocated for funding the complete overhaul of the installation’s main gate that begins Friday.

The two-year project by Korean contractors will bring the main access control point, constructed over three decades ago, up to standards for anti-terrorism force protection implemented after 9/11.

“The way it is set up now is just not hitting the mark,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Fryar, commander of the 51st Civil Engineers. “The gate is too close to the perimeter, so our defenders don’t have enough time to determine if someone is trying to run the gate or not.”

An ideal control point setup consists of serpentine entry roads that force drivers to slow down to an acceptable speed, and a deployable barrier system that prevents potential threats from reaching the base perimeter.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.576533

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