How to Visit a Military Base

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Every U.S. military base has a guarded entrance that prevents non-military members from entering the installation. Many of these bases, however, also host events to the public or allow the public to visit military base museums. When planning to visit a military base, preparation is key. For easy entrance, follow these suggestions.

1 Ensure that everyone

Ensure that everyone traveling onto the military base has proper identification. The gate guards are required to check the identification of everyone in the vehicle for accountability purposes.

2 Empty your vehicle

Empty your vehicle, bags and coolers of anything that could be considered a weapon. A military base will not use airport standards; however, if you are attending a public event, you will likely have any guns and knives with blades longer than 3 inches confiscated.

3 Buckle up

Buckle up! Anyone found without a seatbelt on will be requested to buckle up. If the person refuses, he will likely be ushered off base for disobeying a military base law.

Hickman, AFB

4 Know your military base access

Know your military base access. Often, for large events, civilians will only be allowed to travel along a few major roads to get where they are going. If you are attending one of these functions, it is not the time to try to do any sightseeing. If you are visiting for any other reason, feel free to drive around a bit.

5 Be patient

Be patient. When attending an event like an air show, the military's first concern is public safety. If, to ensure your safety, they have to take a little extra time getting everyone in the gate, simply realize that this will benefit you in the end.

Heather Rutherford has enjoyed writing professionally since 2004. Her articles have appeared in,,, and On-the-News. She also works intimately with several small businesses to prepare business plans and other marketing materials. Rutherford is seeking an Associate of Arts in business from North Idaho College.