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New X-Ray system increases safety on JBA

The first truck passing through

The first truck passes through the new Z Portal Vehicle X-Ray System at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 3, 2019. This technology makes JBA a safer installation by enabling defenders to conduct a more thorough search of all commercial vehicles entering the installation, preventing unauthorized weapons, explosives, drugs, personnel and other contraband. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alyssa D. Van Hook)

Cutting the ribbon

Col. Andrew M. Purath, the 11th Wing commander for Joint Base Andrews, Md., Chief Master Sgt. Shane Pilgrim, command chief with the 89th Airlift Wing on JBA, and Staff Sgt. Christian Crowe, the ANCOIC of the commercial delivery gate at JBA, cut the ribbon at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Z Portal Vehicle X-Ray System on base, June 3, 2019. The system is capable of scanning 250 trucks per hour as opposed to manually searching every truck with approximately 80 checked per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alyssa D. Van Hook)


On June 3, 2019, JBA installed a Z Portal Vehicle X-Ray, used to conduct a more thorough search of commercial vehicles entering the installation. The new system is capable of scanning 250 trucks per hour compared to the old method -- manual inspection -- which could search approximately 80 trucks per hour. This system makes JBA a more secure entry-point for inbound commercial vehicles by enabling Defenders to conduct quicker and more effective searches, preventing entry of unauthorized weapons, explosives, drugs, personnel and other contraband. With the help of the 89th Airlift Wing, 11th Security Forces Group, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron, 11th Contracting Squadron, the Presidential Airlift Group, 11th Comptroller Squadron and the Air Force District of Washington, this project has enhanced the security of JBA.

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