CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – As a result of an analysis of its security measures, the base is now enforcing stricter base entry procedures which will slow oncoming traffic during peak periods for the foreseeable future. Commuters entering the gates at Camp Lejeune during the morning rush hour can expect delays as sentries conduct a DoD-mandated visual and physical inspection of each and every DoD-authorized ID card. The base commanding general has approved the procedural changes. The base expects to see traffic flow eventually improve as commuters adjust their morning departure times.
"All bases have to strike a balance between accessibility and security," said Col. Thomas Bruno, base chief of staff. "Now, we feel we have the right balance to fully implement DoD requirements," he said, adding, "Other Marine Corps installations are already implementing these standards, but because of our larger population and the construction of the Wilson Gate, it took some additional time to analyze traffic patterns."
To that end and when feasible, two sentries will be positioned in each lane of the highest volume gates to inspect cards during the morning commute between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. in an attempt to alleviate congestion where it is most likely to occur. Commuters are advised that if they are waved through by the first sentry to be prepared to stop for the second.
"It's going to take some getting used to, but we are using our available manpower to alleviate delays as much as possible. The end state will be a more secure base," Bruno said, adding, "This is the 'new normal,' but eventually drivers will plan accordingly and we will likely see traffic congestion subside."