Pegasus Gate opening a success

Capt. Michael Olson, with the 72nd Security Forces Squadron and Brad Beam, with the 72nd Civil Engineering Directorate, brief Air Force Sustainment Center Commander Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II on the requirements, communication plan and future needs of the newly-opened Pegasus Gate located on South Air Depot Blvd. They also provided an overview of traffic flow changes due to gate construction

Capt. Michael Olson, with the 72nd Security Forces Squadron and Brad Beam, with the 72nd Civil Engineering Directorate, brief Air Force Sustainment Center Commander Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II on the requirements, communication plan and future needs of the newly-opened Pegasus Gate located on South Air Depot Blvd. They also provided an overview of traffic flow changes due to gate construction. (Air Force photo by Kelly White)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

On Jan. 16 when Gott Gate closed down for a construction project, the new Pegasus Gate opened up just a quarter mile south on South Air Depot Boulevard.  

The Gott Gate construction project is part of an overall $9.7 million four-gate construction project to enhance security on Tinker Air Force Base. Over a three-year period, four gates will close one at a time, in order to meet Department of Defense facility criteria for entry control points

After the Gott Gate is completed, the focus will shift to the Truck Gate followed by the Piazza Gate, and then the Eaker Gate. Gott Gate construction is expected to be completed by this November.

“This was definitely a team effort to organize a project of this magnitude,” said Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander. “72nd Civil Engineering, 72nd Communications Directorate, 72nd Security Forces and 72nd ABW Public Affairs all came together to ensure a smooth transition of closing one gate, opening another and making sure the detour route was set up and ready to go.”

Lt. Col. Keith Quick, 72nd Security Forces commander, agreed.

“The opening of the Pegasus Gate has been a huge success in thanks to all the partners who came together to support the construction effort to install the final denial barriers at the Gott Gate,” said Quick. “SFS will continue to monitor both inbound and outbound traffic and make adjustments as needed to ensure smooth traffic flow.”

Quick added that drivers should all be aware that the clinic parking lot is reserved for parking and is not a thoroughfare.

Additionally, there are other gates that can handle the south side traffic including the Vance Gate located on Sooner Road and Piazza Gate located on the southeast side of Bldg. 9001.

Visit www.tinker.af.mil for construction updates, gates and their hours of operation.