Fort Benning to implement new security rules

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Military officials say visitors to Fort Benning could face a national background check or be denied entry to the base if they lack proper identification.

The new restrictions are part of security measures going into effect Jan. 1.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports ( that military bases across the U.S. are implementing security measures signed by President George W. Bush in 2004. The rules are aimed at properly vetting all individuals entering a military installation.

The new security measures are the first major change since the Department of Defense stopped using vehicle stickers or a day pass in June 2011 for motorists entering Fort Benning.

Matt Dillon, the chief of guards at Fort Benning, said the new policy focuses on vetting individuals instead of vehicles.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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