Naval Station Everett Explosions and I.D. Requirements

February 1, 2016


Two important notes from Naval Station Everett…

Naval Station Everett

You’ll need more than a regular WA driver’s license if you’re visiting the base.

First, On January 22nd, Naval Station Everett put out notice that your regular Washington State Driver’s License was still okay as a form of I.D. to enter the base. As of today, that is not the case. Here’s what confirmed this morning with Kristin Ching from the Public Affair Office at Naval Station Everett…

Effective Monday Feb. 1, visitors to Navy Installations in the Northwest using their Washington Driver’s License for identification will now be required to show a different form of identification, as required by the REAL ID Act.

Visitors accessing Navy installations currently using a driver’s license or state identification card from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington will need another form of ID to access the base.  These types of ID no longer meet the Act’s established minimum security standards to access a Federal facility.

State Enhanced Driver’s Licenses designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by Department of Homeland Security are acceptable.

Service members, family members, Department of Defense (DoD) employees, and federal employees with the DoD common access card, DoD uniformed services identification and privileges cards, federal personal identification verification cards or transportation workers’ identification credentials are not affected, as these cards are authorized in DoD policy to facilitate physical access to installations.

In 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

For additional information on what types of ID are acceptable, please go to the Homeland Security website link:

Visitors should contact the local Installation Pass and ID office to determine what identification will be accepted.

Naval Station Everett Police

EVERETT, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2013) Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Tory Penfield directs traffic during a suspicious package drill on Naval Station Everett (NSE). Security forces on NSE perform drills and training regularly in order to improve readiness for real-life situations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released)

The second bit of news is at times over the next several days you may hear gunfire and explosions from Naval Station Everett.

Most likely Thursday, but it could be anytime from today through February 12th as the base participates in its annual national security exercises. Here’s more information…

Naval Station Everett will participate in Exercise SOLID CURTAIN-CITADEL SHIELD 2016 (SC-CS16) which will be conducted on naval installations throughout the continental United States, including Navy Region Northwest, February 1-12.

Due to this exercise, there will be gate closures at Naval Station Everett on Feb. 4 between the hours of 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic to the base or delays in base access.

Training at NSE may also include shooting blank rounds, small-scale simulation of explosives, and a heightened law enforcement presence on base property.

This annual exercise uses realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy security forces maintain a high level of readiness and are capable of responding to changing and dynamic threats. It also provides the opportunity for the Navy to practice mutual aid agreements with local law enforcement.

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