Q: I've noticed that lines to get into the Pass and ID offices are longer and traffic is backed-up at the gates. What's going on?
A: You are correct; it is getting harder to enter NAS Patuxent River. We have had some budget cuts that have reduced manning in security, which affects the sentries and the Pass and ID offices. We recognize this is creating an adverse impact on many people. Rest assured we are looking at every alternative while still maintaining an acceptable level of manning for emergency services.
In the meantime we can use some help from the base population. Here are ways to help reduce your wait time: First, stagger work hours as much as possible. The majority of employees arrive on the installation between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Consider carpooling. Most of the cars driven at Pax River are occupied by a single individual. Every car we can remove from the lines makes it easier on everyone.
If you need to update your Common Access Card, consider using the services at building 409 instead of Gate 1 or 2. Appointments for CACs are available to alleviate the time in line.
If you must use the Gate 2 Pass and ID office, please do so during non-peak times and park in the south parking lot of the Frank Knox Building. The small lot on the north side fills quickly and creates traffic jams.
I recognize this is a difficult situation, so I thank you for your patience.