Sept 23, 2008
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I apologize for sending this update to everyone - I don't have the technology to send it to only those affected in Dutch Harbor.  If you're not trying to activate a TWIC in Dutch Harbor: stop reading here!
Dutch Harbor Activation Update
The Dutch Harbor mobile activation center opened for business on Monday, Sept 22, but experienced some internet connectivity problems and didn't really get running until today.  They are currently going full-steam and hopefully have re-assigned appointments for those of you who were missed yesterday.
This activation center is on a very tight schedule.  They have over 400 cards to activate and are currently scheduled to close down on Friday, Oct 3.   In order to get everyone activated, it's very important to keep the throughput going steadily.  I highly encourage everyone to make appointments for their activation by using the link below.
Lockheed Martin promises to monitor activation numbers on a daily basis and possibly add additional days and/or extended hours if required, but everyone should plan to activate as soon as possible.
The center is located at the Unalaska Public Library.  Hours: Mon/Wed 8:00a-1:00p & 2:00p-5:00p, Tues/Thurs/Fri 12:00p-4:00p & 4:30p-9:00p 
Note:  As of 9/18/08, Lockheed Martin was in possession of 400 of the 469 cards originally enrolled for in Dutch Harbor.  I suspect this number will climb a little in the next week or so, but the unfortunate fact is that some of you will not have cards to activate during this visit.  This may be due to inadequate fingerprint quality (requiring a separate, name-based background check which takes longer), unclear immigration status (usually if you weren't born in the US and did not provide a passport during enrollment), etc.
For those of you in this category, the only answer I have at this point is that your cards will eventually be delivered to Anchorage.   We will continue to work with Lockheed Martin to look for alternatives to having to travel to Anchorage to activate these cards.  In the meantime, it would be helpful if each company receiving this would provide me with the number of employees you have who were not able to activate during this visit.

Brett Farrell
Marine Exchange of Alaska
Marine Exchange of Alaska | 1000 Harbor Way | Suite 204 | Juneau | AK | 99801