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Old 10-14-2012, 11:26 PM   #15
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We stayed at fam camps in Albuquerque, Edwards AFB, and Malmstrom in Great Falls MT, no sticker, no inspection. Show military ID.

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Old 10-15-2012, 07:26 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by DaveAK View Post
The position of the Air Force is that vehicle stickers degrade security because a vehicle can be stolen and used to enter an AF Installation. Vehicle stickers also increase personal risk to military members by identifying them as military when off base. Air Force Bases now require 100% ID checks for base entry which is much tighter security. I'm not aware of any "Open" Air Force Bases in the country.

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Starting in the mid '60s I spent the first 3 of my 21 years as an Air/Security Policeman for the sake of security, the early wave through verses 100% ID check just did not cut it. The base is now closed, but I worked on one of a number of AF bases that were considered as "open". No entry controller post or guards. Glad to see all that change.

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Old 10-15-2012, 09:02 PM   #17
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A personal firearms will be a problem. Some bases will hold your firearm some will not. Depends on the CO. Suspect some just don't want the liability and such. Call ahead. All vehicles entering any base are subject to search but the possibility is pretty remote in an RV. Worst case they might give you an admin inspection checking registration, insurance and such. If you are traveling with a dog or cat you may be required to show proof of current vaccinations when you check in at the camp ground. As mentioned some bases have moved to automatic gates that will scan the ID card but our old style retired service member card does not have the chip or barcode needed so hit the gates with a guard. And lastly if you like to bike you may need a helmet, but will depend of base regulations.

Also as a retired Seabee, NCBC Gulf Port has a camp ground in the north west corner of the base. If your career had you there you can show the family your old stomping grounds.

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:05 PM   #18
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Cool Mil FamCamping

I've stayed in MIL FamCamps for 20+ yrs, and we love the security, comaradarie, and just visiting with fellow warriors.

Be warned Navy Bases, at least in FL require stickers. No other service does, and for the before mentioned reasons don't require them, but alas the Navy hasn't joined the 20th or 21st century. We had to apply for a sticker to NAS Key West even though we are ex-AF and the nearest Navy base is 200 mi away despite the large AF base 5 mi away in order to camp there. Applied to both toad car and RV. I think it's a waste of gov't money and time with little added security because they check your ID's anyway post-9/11.

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