By Scott Prater
People accustomed to the routine of entering Schriever AFB are about to experience a significant change.
Starting Monday, the 50th Space Wing will begin implementation of the Defense Biometric Identification System. The system, known as DBIDS, is a Department of Defense initiative designed to improve security at U.S. military bases around the globe. Schriever is the latest base to implement the enhanced security system, which uses biometrics to monitor entry control points to installations.
Biometric data includes both physical and non physical characteristics.
First implemented at Osan and Kunsan Air Bases in South Korea, DBIDS is gradually being implemented at bases here in the U.S.
Peterson Air Force Base was the first military installation in the continental U.S. to implement the new security system back in April of this year. That turned out to be a fortunate event for Schriever, because the 50th Security Forces Squadron will use Peterson’s implementation as a model when installing the system here.
“We want to learn from their implementation,” said Staff Sgt. Samantha Duke, 50 SFS NCO in charge. “We’re going to follow their examples.”
Base leaders overseas initiated the program because they were seeing a lot of people who didn’t have identification entering their installations. It only made sense then to create a system where everyone entering the base was identified through a data base.
“Think about it,” said Lynde Parker, 50th Space Wing Plans and Programs analyst. “If I lost my common access card and then received a replacement card, there’s still a CAC out there. Someone who looks similar to me could flash my old card and enter the base. With DBIDS, however, that’s not possible because the system connects a registered, verified and accurate description of individuals to security personnel instantly.”
With DBIDS, old CAC cards are identified as lost. There’s no registration connected to that card, so when it is scanned by security personnel at an access control point, a red flag is raised.
DBIDS at Schriever
The Schriever DBIDS implementation will occur over several phases between Monday and Sept. 13.
Security personnel will begin using handheld scanning devices to electronically read CAC cards at both gates on Monday. Individuals will then be informed if they are already registered in the system once their CAC card is scanned at the gate.
“Most individuals in the system already are people who have previously registered for DBIDS at Peterson AFB,” Sergeant Duke said. “But, most people who have a CAC card now will need to do something to complete their registration. They’ll need to either visit the PASS and ID office or one of the alternate locations to register with DBIDS during the Regular DBIDS Registration phase of Aug. 16 through Sept. 3.”
Most Active Duty personnel will have basic information transferred by the DEERS system and require limited keystrokes for entry, while contractors and family members will endure a more lengthy registration (roughly 10 minutes).
Alternate locations for DBIDS registration will be set up at Building 300 room 146 and Building 210 in the MPF office.
“You don’t want to assume you’re registered and ready to go,” Sergeant Duke said. “That’s why we’re doing two weeks worth of trial scanning, and have set up a time period for people to visit the Pass and ID office.”
The base transition period begins Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 12. Individuals not in the system will be notified that they need to update or register in DBIDS. Those continuing to attempt access to the base without registration will be denied until they complete registration.
The option of showing a restricted area badge and a drivers license will also be terminated on Sept. 13.
Following the cutoff date base access will only be possible with a DBIDS registered CAC card or visitors pass from Pass and ID.
“The best advice we can give people is stop by Pass and ID or one of the alternate locations and check your card’s registration,” Ms. Parker said. “And, people need to remember to bring all of their ID cards and CACs with them when they register for DBIDS during their organizations scheduled registration time.”