Task Force Stallion upgrades entry control point training
May 1, 2013
McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Upgrades to the entry control point at Contingency Operating Location Westbrook have enhanced base defense training for Airmen, Sailors and Soldiers going through post-mobilization training with 3rd Battalion, 362nd Armored Regiment, Task Force Stallion, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West.
New structures replicate systems currently used in theater base defense operations.
Included in the upgrades are armored buildings which will withstand small arms attacks and minor blast damage, as well as a camera system with both fixed and remote control options; the added automation makes the ECP upgrade radical in its scope.
In the past, deploying troops were forced to use manual controls on the barriers, but the upgrade located the controls in a central base defense operations center and gate control building. Now, operators can raise and drop all three barriers up to 60 times per hour. Since the system control is now centralized, there is also a lockdown option which enables service members to immediately lock down all of the barriers in event of "attack" from the opposition forces.
Additional upgrades to the entry control point include adding automation to previously static locations, including the installation of a walk-through metal detector monitored by cameras; remote locking and unlocking of walkthrough turnstiles; and automation of a gate control swing arm.