SOURCE: TSA

November 05, 2007 14:04 ET

Preview of the Start of TWIC Enrollment at Port of Tacoma

For Planning Purposes Only; Not for Publication or Broadcast

TACOMA, WA--(Marketwire - November 5, 2007) - On Wednesday, Nov. 7, port workers, longshore workers, truckers and others at the Port of Tacoma, Wash., will become the first workers in the region to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Coast Guard and Port of Tacoma will provide an opportunity for media to preview enrollment the day prior to the start of general enrollment. Reporters will see port employees providing their biographical and biometric information so they can receive their credential. There will also be an opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews with TSA, Coast Guard and Port of Tacoma officials about the program.

Port specific b-roll is available at http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php.

WHO:    Darrin Kayser, spokesperson, Transportation Security Administration
        U.S. Coast Guard Spokesperson
        Dick Marzano, commission president, Port of Tacoma
        John Wolfe, deputy executive director, Port of Tacoma
        Ramon Ortiz, director of security, Port of Tacoma
        Jon Rambeau, director of Identity and Access Management Solutions,
         Lockheed Martin

WHAT:   Preview of the start of TWIC enrollment at the Port of Tacoma.
        Reporters will be able to get video of workers enrolling and
        conduct one-on-one interviews with top TSA, Coast Guard and port
        officials.

WHEN:   Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007
        Noon - 12:30 p.m. Live shots available at the port
        12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  Interviews and b-roll opportunities

WHERE:  Port of Tacoma Administration Building
        1 Sitcum Plaza
        Tacoma WA 98421
        253-383-5841

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:

Southbound on Interstate 5, take Exit 136 (Port of Tacoma Road Exit). This will put you on Port of Tacoma Road.

Northbound on Interstate 5, take Exit 136B (Port of Tacoma Road Exit). This will put you on Port of Tacoma Road.

--  Travel on Port of Tacoma Road for about 2 miles, until you come to
    East 11th Street.
    
--  Turn left on East 11th Street and travel one-quarter mile, veering off
    to the right by following a sign that says Administration Building.
    
--  You will come to a stop sign at Milwaukee Way. Take a right, and this
    will put you on Sitcum Way.
    
--  Turn left into the visitor's parking lot, which is adjacent to the two-
    story Port Administration Building.
    
--  Link to map: http://www.portoftacoma.com/files/POTRoadMap%2003_07.pdf
    (note: due to Murray Morgan Bridge closure, please ignore directions from
    downtown Tacoma).
    
--  There will be ample parking reserved for all guests.