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Laughlin Switches Main Gate

Security Forces personnel at the west gate pose for a photo behind a barrier at Laughlin Air Force Base, July 15, 2021. The Security Forces Personel will be changing the point of entry on July 17, 2021, to allow for upgrades to be completed to the west gate. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

Security Forces personnel at the west gate pose for a photo behind a barrier at Laughlin Air Force Base, July 15, 2021. The Security Forces Personel will be changing the point of entry on July 17, 2021, to allow for upgrades to be completed to the west gate. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

Security Forces personnel at the west gate check the identy of a passenger in an entering car on Laughlin Air Force Base, July 15, 2021. The Security Forces Personel will be changing the point of entry on July 17, 2021, to allow for upgrades to be completed to the west gate. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

Security Forces personnel at the west gate check the identy of a passenger in an entering car on Laughlin Air Force Base, July 15, 2021. The Security Forces Personel will be changing the point of entry on July 17, 2021, to allow for upgrades to be completed to the west gate. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

The north gate stands empty, awating for the change over on Laughlin Air Force Base, July 15, 2021. The gate will see active use starting on July 17, 2021 until upgrades on the west gate are complete. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

The north gate stands empty, awating for the change over on Laughlin Air Force Base, July 15, 2021. The gate will see active use starting on July 17, 2021 until upgrades on the west gate are complete. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

Construction taking place at the west gate of Laughlin Air Force Base continues on July 15, 2021. This future base entrance will provide improved base security, as well as greater convience for Security Forces personnel. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

Construction taking place at the west gate of Laughlin Air Force Base continues on July 15, 2021. This future base entrance will provide improved base security, as well as greater convience for Security Forces personnel. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Laughlin’s residents and employees will be making adjustments to their daily commutes after the West Gate closed July 17, 2021 to allow for construction to get underway on several site upgrades on our gate infrastructure.

Base access is limited to the North Gate for the duration of the project which is expected to last up to 60 days.

“The Department of Defense has set protection standards for every military installation,” said Mr. Chuck McKaughan, base antiterrorism program manager.

West Gate upgrades include a new entry ramp, lighting, curbing, and crash resistant walls to allow for better security. There will also be an upgraded identification checkpoint to help with traffic flow during peak travel times.

McKaughan cautions anyone new to using the North Gate to be careful due to train tracks across from the base.

“The North Gate is most familiar to long time employees and installation personnel.  As with any change, installation leadership and Security Forces are requesting patience from all personnel attempting to enter the installation so that we can provide the required protection to our installation assets – most importantly our personnel.”

For up to date information on gate closures and other relevant base news, visit Laughlin.af.mil or visit the Laughlin AFB Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LaughlinAirForceBase.