SFS updates Trusted Traveler Program

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Earlier this year, the 66th Security Forces Squadron implemented a Trusted Traveler Program here to expedite access for those visiting the installation as guests of individuals with proper credentials.

Col. Taona Enriquez, installation commander, updated the program earlier this month to allow dependents 16 years or older with a valid Department of Defense ID to vouch for occupants traveling in the same vehicle or mode of transport.

“By fostering a secure and expedited entry process for vetted individuals, we not only enhance base security but also empower our personnel, including family members with access, to ensure visitors have a seamless experience,” said Master Sgt. Luis Veliz, 66 SFS Plans and Programs Section chief.

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 base per Air Force regulation, and be traveling either in the same vehicle or by the same method as the person with base access.

Other trusted personnel include uniformed service members or government employees with a valid DOD Common Access Card as well as military retirees with a valid DOD ID credential.

“Co-travelers must always remain with their trusted person while on the installation.,” said Maj. Brandon Casso, 66 SFS commander. “Failure to adhere to that requirement, or any attempts to circumvent the security requirements of the program, will result in the ability to act as a trusted person being revoked indefinitely.”

According to Veliz, rideshare, taxi, and food delivery drivers cannot be sponsored via the Trusted Traveler Program. In addition, groups also may not be sponsored.

“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 Veliz.

For additional information about the Trusted Traveler Program or base access requirements for guests, contact the 66 SFS Visitors Center at 781-225-6648.