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New access rules cause major delays at Fort Bragg

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Civilian business contractors wait outside the All American Visitors Center at Fort Bragg on Monday. Civilian business contractors wait outside the All American Visitors Center at Fort Bragg on Monday.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

A new access policy at Fort Bragg has caused wait times of more than ten hours for some visitors.

The new policy started Friday, and it has caused civilian visitors and business contractors significant delays at the visitors center at the All American Expressway gate. That visitors center is where visitors without Department of Defense (DoD) passes must now go to get a background check and a pass.

Previously non-DoD visitors could gain access to Fort Bragg at any gate by showing license and registration and consenting to a vehicle search.

On Monday, tow truck driver Amos Combs said he and his coworkers were caught completely off guard by the change. He said his company first learned of the change when another driver tried to get through another gate at Fort Bragg Friday.

"It's going to be anywhere from 8 to 15 hours, all depending on how slow the background checks are," Combs said Monday. "So we're just stuck out here waiting."

Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer Tom McCollum said all contractors who do business on Fort Bragg should have received previous notice several weeks ago. He said the delays were a result of companies waiting too late to request the new passes, or in some cases contractors did not notify subcontractors – leaving workers in the dark.

"We've been spelling out step by step how to do this, and what you see behind me are people who did not do it or their sponsor or their bosses didn't do it," McCollum said outside the All American Visitors Center.

Brandon Herring

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