FEBRUARY 6 2003
EXTERIOR IDENTIFICATION SIGNS
4.1. Types of Signs. There are three types of exterior identification signs. These are Base
Identification Signs, Military Identification Signs, and Community Identification Signs. Signs may
be finished with enamel or covered with reflective sheeting, depending on the type of sign and the
intended placement. Signs that are placed in a well-lit area or are illuminated by flood lights are
usually covered with reflective sheeting to facilitate night visibility.
4.2. Sides of Signs. Graphics may appear on one or both sides of a sign, depending on sign type and
sign placement. Free standing identification signs mounted perpendicular to the roadway are usually
two-sided, while most other signs are one-sided.
4.3. Criteria for Signs. The criteria for standard free-standing building identification signs should
be used for the buildings on most bases. On some bases, the base commander may choose to use
wall mounted building identification signs. Information on these signs can be found in Chapter 10.
Buildings with historic character should be identified with the signs for historic buildings described
in Chapter 9.
4.4. Further Information. Refer to Chapter 2 for information on typography and sign placement.
Chapter 12 gives the specifications and structural criteria for sign construction.
Section 4B--Base Identification Signs
4.5. Introduction. The base identification sign forms a significant part of a visitor's first impression
of the base. It introduces the installation and influences visitors' reactions. Good design,
organization, and maintenance are crucial.
4.6. Types of Signs. There are three types of base identification signs. The Main Entrance Sign,
Type A1, is used to identify the principal visitor entrance to the base (Figure 4.1). The Secondary
Entrance Sign, Type A2, is used to identify secondary entrances that receive high volumes of visitor
traffic (Figure 4.2). The Entry Gate Sign, Type A3, is used to identify secondary entrances with
limited public access (Figure 4.3). It may also be used in conjunction with Type A1 and A2 signs if
the entry gate is located at a distance from the main access road. The Type A3 sign is mounted on
the same sign structure as the Base Warning Sign. (See Chapter 6 for information on the Base
4.7. Placement of Graphics. Graphics should appear on only one side of base identification signs
since they are either viewed by incoming traffic or placed parallel to the roadway.