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Arnold AFB Main Gate improvements completed

Routine testing of the active vehicle barrier is conducted, Jan. 23, 2020, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

Routine testing of the active vehicle barrier is conducted, Jan. 23, 2020, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. --

The Arnold Engineering Development Complex Civil Engineering Branch recently completed a project modifying the Main Gate entrance to Arnold Air Force Base, providing improved security infrastructure.

The upgrades included the installation of a new active vehicle barrier, an overwatch facility, perimeter fencing, cable barrier, an entrance roadway to the Administration and Engineering Building, and stamped concrete at vehicle inspection areas.

Improvements to the entrance have allowed incoming and outgoing traffic to resume travel in two lanes in each direction.

“The Main Gate project is a prime example of cross functional collaboration,” said Charles Cook with the Arnold AFB Security Forces Office. “The enhancements to facilities and organic capabilities are premier, with a heavy focus on safety and security thanks to the Civil Engineering Branch. The Arnold community benefits greatly from these efforts.”

Civil engineer Josh Cooke also gave special thanks to the Facility Support Services Security Team, stating, “The support from Contract Security Chief Kevin Holton and his security team were instrumental in bringing about successful completion of the project.”