06 January 2012
Access changes in store for Fort Detrick

By Rob Sperling

USAG Public Affairs

The Department of the Army recently eliminated vehicle decals for entry onto Army installations. Effective Jan. 17, Fort Detrick will discontinue vehicle registration and the issue of decals throughout the installation, including those decals specific to mission partner activities.

To access the installation after Jan. 17, employees and visiting Federal Government employees will be required to show one of the following forms of federally issued identification including:

- Military Identification Card (military members, family, and retirees)

- Common Access Card (CAC)

- Federal Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV)

- Transportation Workers Identity Card (TWIC) - Fort Detrick facility or building badge

- National Cancer Institute Frederick (NCI-F) badge

*Note: Each Federal Agency issues its employees an identification card that meets specific guidelines. These cards are referred to as Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards and are accepted for entry through any open Gate. Personnel visiting the installation that do not have one of the previously mentioned forms of identification can gain access through the Old Farm visitor's gate.

There, they will need to present the guard with a government issued identification card, and if operating a vehicle, a state issued driver's license and valid registration. They will also need to have a purpose for entry and a destination.

Extended passes are available through the Installation Badge office for individuals visiting over 72 hours. For those veterans receiving care at the Veterans Clinic, please request the proper forms at your next appointment. If an individual does not have his or her identification card or any of the ones listed they will be redirected to the visitor's gate for access.

Additionally, contract personnel who require daily access will be issued a Fort Detrick badge upon successful completion of the vetting process and are encouraged to contact their contracting officer representative.

There will likely be circumstances not covered here; in that event, please contact the Installation Badge Office at (301) 619-4580/9624 if you have any additional concerns or questions.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these procedural changes. New gate hours enhance access and ease traffic Fort Detrick is changing the hours of operation for several of its entry gates Jan. 17, to help improve safety and ease of use for all employees, families, and visitors.

The change will make Old Farm gate available for visitors and deliveries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This gate is the only gate authorized for visitors and deliveries, however, all others can still use this gate and any of the other open gates.

For those individuals with federally issued identification, the Veterans Gate will also be available 24/7.

Gate Hours:


Veterans Gate - Monday – Sunday 12:01 a.m. - Midnight (Federal Identification Card Holders Only - No Visitors or Deliveries Authorized at anytime)

Old Farm Gate - Monday – Sunday 12:01 a.m. - Midnight (Visitors, Deliveries, and Federal Identification Card Holders)

*Only Gate Authorized for Visitors and Delivery*

No Change:

Opossumtown Gate - Monday – Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Federal Identification Card Holders Only)

Rosemont Gate - Monday – Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Federal Identification Card Holders Only)

Questions should be directed to The Fort Detrick Installation Badge Office (301) 619-4580/9624.

Posted by PAO

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