Some drivers may have noticed a difference if they’re using the facial recognition to gain access to Redstone this week.

Starting on Monday, the Facial Recognition Pilot Program moved into phase II. During this phase the program office will dispatch a 3-5-man team to assess and validate facial recognition functions.

During the monthly Facebook Live Town Hall, Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor said drivers using the facial recognition lanes at Gates 9 and 1 should be prepared to have their access credentials scanned by a guard between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

This is to verify that the system is identifying people correctly. The information will be used as part of the data analysis required to be submitted as part of the decision paper for potential procurement of the system. This process will be repeated in October and November for one week. Those exact dates will be announced later.

Other topics covered during Thursday’s town hall included:

• Upcoming changes at the One Stop: Mellor talked about several challenges at the One Stop and said the ID Card Section will be moving to appointments only beginning on Nov. 1 and limit the number of walk-ins.

• Upcoming observances highlighted: September is Suicide Prevention Month and our Employee Assistance Program is holding a four-part virtual symposium, “Enhancing Connections for Suicide Prevention.”

• Also, Army Materiel Command, in partnership with headquarters Army Sustainment Command, and our Employee Assistance Program, present a three-part education series called, “Home or Office: Strategies for Navigating the New Normal.”

• Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 and Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Aviation & Missile Center will post their pre-recorded dedication on their social media and will be shared across all channels. The celebration continues until Oct. 15.

• And finally, Sept. 26 is Gold Star Mothers and Families Day.

More details and the full-length replay of the town hall can be found on the Rocket’s homepage at www.theredstonerocket.com.

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