Story by SrA Bailey Janes on 06/05/2019Leaders from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, celebrated the reopening of the installation's Arnold Gate with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4, 2019.
Intermittent closures of the gate began in December of 2018 in order to start the $900,000, "Replace Arnold Gate Active Vehicle Barrier (AVB)," project.
The 509th Civil Engineer Squadron collaborated with civilians to replace the old wedge style barrier with a Ground Retractable Automobile Barrier (GRAB) as well as moved 500ft down the road.
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Bara, construction inspector for the project, highlighted the benefits of the new GRAB system at Arnold Gate.
"This not only allows security forces personnel more time to react to a possible gate breach attempt from unauthorized entities, but also gives the driver of the vehicle more time to realize they made a mistake before they would encounter the barrier to safely stop and avoid collision," he said.
Bara elaborated on the improved features of the new barrier.
"The old wedge would protrude the vehicle to disable it, which could cause severe or even fatal injuries to the occupant(s)," said Bara. "The new GRAB system is not only safer, but is it stronger, more reliable after incidents and cheaper to maintain."
Construction will continue on Arnold Gate and drivers should be cautious when entering and exiting the base.