Hanscom to implement Trusted Traveler Program

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 66th Security Forces Squadron will implement a Trusted Traveler Program here beginning April 21.  

The program will expedite access for those visiting the installation as guests of service members, dependents, Department of Defense employees, and military retirees, by allowing those with base access to vouch for the occupants in their vehicle.

“Being able to facilitate a greater sense of connectedness between the community and our military families here was a major factor in putting this program into action,” said Maj. Brandon Casso, 66 SFS commander.

According to Casso, trusted personnel include:

  • Uniformed service members or government employees with a valid DOD Common Access Card
  • Military retirees with a valid DOD ID credential
  • Adult dependents 16 years or older with a valid DoD ID credential

“We’re trusting our base community with this program because they understand what it means to live and work on an installation, and they know who should and shouldn’t be on the base when it comes to keeping everyone safe,” said Casso.

Guests eligible as co-travelers must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid photo ID if over the age of 18
  • Would otherwise be permitted on the installation per Air Force regulation

Trusted personnel must be in the same vehicle, or mode of transport, as those they’re vouching onto the installation.

Rideshare, taxi drivers, and food delivery drivers cannot be sponsored on via the Trusted Traveler Program.

“To ensure whoever is escorting has control of their party throughout their entire visit, trusted personnel cannot vouch for a caravan of vehicles coming through the gate,” said Casso.

The commander said his team will continue to provide a safe and secure environment through proactive measures and vigilance.

Casso said he credits the Hanscom community and local communities for making the program feasible here.

“Thanks to groundwork our community partners have already laid out, we’re able to offer this to our base families and employees,” he said.

For additional information about the Trusted Traveler Program or base access requirements for guests, contact the 66 SFS Visitors Center at 781-225-6642.