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Maj. Brian Rhoney, 914th Security Forces Squadron commander, checks credentials and admits the first vehicle through the reopened Main Gate at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Wednesday, following an 18-month reconstruction project. This base entrance vehicle check was done in lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. Col. Joseph Contino, 914th Air Refueling Wing and installation commander, was the driver of the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Nichols)
Maj. Brian Rhoney, 914th Security Forces Squadron commander, checks credentials and admits the first vehicle through the reopened Main Gate at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Wednesday, following an 18-month reconstruction project. This base entrance vehicle check was done in lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. Col. Joseph Contino, 914th Air Refueling Wing and installation commander, was the driver of the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Nichols)

Air Base reopens main gate following 18-month reconstruction project

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Wed, May 29th 2024 07:10 pm

A ceremony was held Wednesday reopening the main Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station gate on Lockport Road following an 18-month reconstruction period. This $10.6 million project is designed to increase the safety of more than 3,000 base personnel and the security of over $1 billion in assigned federal assets.

Site officials said, “The functional objective of the main gate facility is to secure the installation from unauthorized access and intercept contraband while maximizing vehicular traffic flow by ensuring the proper level of access control and safety for all DoD personnel, visitors, and commercial traffic to and from the installation.”

This gate serves as the primary entry and exit for all Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station vehicular traffic supporting not only the 914th Air Refueling Wing, but also the 107th Attack Wing, Armed Forces Reserve Center, and the regional Military Entrance Processing Station.

The main gate will support the multiple mission sets that exist at NFARS and will operate 24/7 to provide screening for installation vehicular access, issue visitor passes, conduct commercial vehicle inspections, and conduct postal operations.

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