Buffalo Soldier Gate changes hours and Wilcox Gate closes - Tucson News Now

Buffalo Soldier Gate changes hours and Wilcox Gate closes

FORT HUACHUCA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Officials at Ft. Huachuca are reminding the public about changes to two of the gates at the base. 

According to a recent release, starting at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 hours of operation at the Buffalo Soldier Gate will change and the Wilcox Gate is permanently closed. 

The following changes will take place: 

  • The gate is open to inbound vehicular traffic, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday.  It is always open to outbound vehicular traffic Monday to Friday.
  • The gate is open around-the-clock, Monday to Friday to inbound and outbound pedestrian/cyclist traffic.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, the gate is open to inbound and outbound pedestrian/cyclist traffic and outbound vehicular traffic from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The gate is closed to pedestrians and cyclists and outbound vehicles Saturday and Sunday night.
  • The only inbound and outbound access to the fort on Saturdays and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  is the Van Deman Gate.
  • The Wilcox Gate is permanently closed.   

All persons 18-years and older entering the Buffalo Soldier Gate whether in a vehicle, walking or riding a bike will be required to present DoD identification or an installation access badge.

Persons requiring an installation access badge must go to the Van Deman Gate to complete an access form and complete a background check to have one issued. 

The Van Deman Gate remains open to outbound and inbound traffic 24/7. 
     
The changes to the hours of operation at the Buffalo Soldier Gate allows access to the fort's new multi-use path on evenings and weekends.

Base officials will reevaluate these access changes after 30 days to ensure they are improving secure access to the installation and are wisely applying scarce security force resources.

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