Fort Sill explains reduced hours at VCC

Fort Sill explains reduced hours at VCC

FORT SILL, Okla._The Fort Sill Visitors Control Center will change its hours of operation starting Wednesday night.

Instead of being open 24/7, the Visitors Control Center will be open from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. everyday. One reason for the change is to better align with other Army and Air Force operations that don't operate on a 24/7 schedule.

Fort Sill's belief is that it will not impact those wanting to visit the post at all. Colonel Glenn Waters told me that of the nearly 350 people who go in the center on a daily basis, the most common time is between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

"We were running 24/7 for the first three months to get a test bed to see where the high points were for us. We realized our numbers are just too low to justify keeping people on shift here when not needed," explained Col. Waters.

Just because the VCC is reducing their hours of operation, it doesn't mean visitors will not be allowed on Fort Sill. Bentley Gate on Sheridan Road will have gate guards on duty. They will work with the Department of Emergency Services on the background check and other requirements needed to be allowed on the post.

With the VCC beginning to close at night, Colonel Waters says people need to think ahead.

"For some of the people coming in the evening time, it will not be as easy for them. You've got to plan accordingly and be here when the visitor center is open," said Col. Waters.

Colonel Waters also said they are looking into building a more permanent visitor center where Sheridan Elementary currently sits. The plan for that building is to have two more operating windows and a handicap window. There's no timetable for when that process will begin.