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TILLICUM: Gate relocation breaks DOD rule

Letter by Edmond B. Dennery, Lakewood on Sep. 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm with No Comments »
October 3, 2011 9:25 am

Camp Murray’s planned gate relocation to a residential area of Lakewood-Tillicum disregards criteria for gate location of U.S. military establishments as published in a 2005 Department of Defense document.

It specifically states: Locate ECFs (Entry Control Facilities) away from housing, school, and commercial areas, both on and off installation, to avoid interference with pedestrians, parked cars and driveways.

A paramount reason for this rule is to avoid undue injury and fatalities from terrorist bomb attacks. Terrorists are likely to attempt to bring bombs through military gates in vehicles. If a bomb ever detonates in the entry area, nearby life on both sides of the installation would be in jeopardy, hence the reason for keeping entry facilities (gates) away from residential areas.

Camp Murray must take deliberate action to correct its negligence, and that Lakewood city officials must protect the residents from possible casualties resulting from this negligence by denying the application of Camp Murray for its gate relocation.

 

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