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Redstone Arsenal's transition to new security team creates backups

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Changes in gate security at Redstone Arsenal have caused traffic concerns this week for commuters.   

Gate 9 is the busiest access point to the arsenal, with hundreds of vehicles flowing through the gate all day, every day.  Any delay can cause a problem, but the most recent hold up has to do with a change in security.

The arsenal switched over security operations from a private contracted company to army civilian employees.

It's because of a new policy under the Department of Defense to in-source security service instead of using outside help. It went into effect about two weeks ago and the change over has slowed things down.

Starting Friday, the arsenal will have two gate checkers for every lane to keep things moving.

Garrison commander, Colonel Robert Pastorelli is asking for patience as they work out the kinks of this transition.

"Making sure our workforce can come into the arsenal, free and encumbered on a daily basis and of course leave the installation, in a similar manner is key to our success. Any new venture or enterprise you undertake, there will need to be some tweaking needed to be made," said Col. Pastorelli.

Redstone Arsenal is one of four army installations moving away from security contractors and using army civilians. Eventually, all installations will follow suit.

The Department of Defense has also asked the arsenal to step up random checks of credentials just to increase protection.

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