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Lose your CAC? Report it

Posted 8/13/2008   Updated 8/13/2008 Email story   Print story


by 72nd SFS
Tinker Air Force Base

8/13/2008 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.,  -- A more stringent reporting and reissue process for personnel requiring new ID cards was implemented recently. Lost CACs continue to be a problem, and these procedures were necessary to ensure continued CAC security at Tinker. 

As designed, the CAC has many uses. It is currently used to allow authorized entry to military installations and verify computer access. This makes it a critical in multiple security efforts. Allowing this tool to fall into the wrong hands opens the door for unauthorized access and this is a danger that can be prevented by properly maintaining control of the CAC. 

A review of security forces reports shows the majority of lost and/or stolen CACs are due to failure to properly control the CAC. An all too common error is storing the CAC in a vehicle. Vehicles and their contents are prime targets for thieves and most stolen CAC incidents are associated with vehicle break-ins, particularly off-base. The 72nd Security 
Forces Squadron recommends individuals never leave an ID card in a vehicle. 

Additionally, they recommend safeguarding the CAC, much like one would safeguard a credit card or any other important ID card. 

Any CAC issued on Tinker AFB that is lost or stolen must be reported to the individual's supervisor within one hour of the discovery. The individual must make an official report to the 72nd SFS desk sergeant at building 591 no later than the following duty day. If away from Tinker AFB, notify the 72nd SFS Desk Sergeant at 734-3737 and make an official report immediately upon return to the Oklahoma City area. 

In order to obtain a new CAC, an individual must have a letter from the squadron-level commander/equivalent in their chain of command. The letter needs to include the commander's assessment of the cause and specific actions taken to ensure future incidents do not happen. 

With proper safeguarding and attention to detail, CAC cards will not fall into the wrong hands. 

For more information regarding this issue, please contact the 72nd SFS Pass and Registration Office, 734-5191.

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