Lt. Col. Dan Hulsebosch
Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Starting May 1, all vehicles entering Army installations in Hawaii will be required to have a Department of Defense decal. Drivers without decals will be immediately redirected to the nearest Visitor Control Point to obtain a one-day pass.
It’s important to remember that those who operate motor vehicles on U.S. Army installations are required to use DoD decals not only because it’s policy, but also because the decals assist in keeping our installation secure.
Visible decals help law enforcement officers immediately identify those vehicles that are authorized access to post. The decals also assist in keeping cars moving on- and off-post, particularly in the early morning and late afternoon hours when traffic appears heaviest.
In addition, proper use of the DoD stickers allows police officers the means to quickly look up the registered owner of the vehicle.
According to both DoD policy and to Army Regulation190-5 (“Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision”), “a person who lives or works on an Army, Defense Logistics Agency, Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps installation or Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States facility, or often uses the facilities, is required to register his or her vehicle.”
Furthermore, “individuals who access the installation for regular activities, such as use of medical facilities and regular recurring activities on the installation, should register their vehicles according to a standard operating procedure established by the installation commander.”
So, if you don’t already have a DoD decal on your car, go out and get one — not because it’s required, but because it’s the right thing to do.