Lost ID's cause problems on post
By Pfc. Leah R. Burton
28th Public Affairs Detachment
LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq — Soldiers are losing their government issued identification cards at LSA Anaconda at an average rate of 10 to 15 a week, a serious problem that must be addressed, according to Chief Warrant Officer Adam J. Williams, 38th Personnel Services Battalion human resources technician.
There are a number of reasons why Soldiers lose ID cards, including failing to check uniform pockets prior to laundering or simply setting the ID down somewhere and forgetting it.
"I think most of it is transferring between different uniforms or when Soldiers go on combat missions. They have enough combat gear on that they don't put it in a safe place," Williams said.
The seriousness of losing this sensitive document cannot be stressed enough, especially in a combat environment. In the worst-case scenario, Anti-Iraqi forces could get a hold of the sensitive document and use it to access the installation.
"If they can use a fake ID card to at least get through a couple of barriers at the North Gate to get onto Anaconda. That just puts them at a closer advantage to plant something, receive information, gather information and use it against us," said Master Sgt. Albert W. Ponton, 367th Military Police Detachment operations sergeant.
Once Soldiers become aware that they have lost their ID cards, they can inquire at the MP's lost and found to see if anyone has turned it in. The MPs keep lost items at the front desk, including ID cards and ID tags, for 30 days.
"A lot [of items] we'll have for 30 days and no one's come in to claim them," Ponton said.
The items are sent to the lost and found where they are catalogued and kept for 30 days before being destroyed.
Soldiers should notify their chain of command immediately if lost and found does not have the sensitive item.
The commander can determine whether to charge the Soldier with an Article 15 for loss of government property per Article 108 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to Capt. Gregory S. Weiss, 13th Corps Support Command's chief of military justice.
In any case, an enlisted Soldier bearing the rank of sergeant or below and residing on LSA Anaconda will need a Department of the Army form 4856 signed by a staff sergeant or someone of higher rank. Then he or she must be accompanied by a staff sergeant or above in order to have a new ID card made.
"We do not make it easy for them, and that's intentional," Williams said. "We let them know that we're serious about [Soldiers] keeping positive possession of their ID's because they're putting my life and the lives of everyone on Anaconda in jeopardy."
Enlisted Soldiers bearing the rank of staff sergeant and above and officers residing on LSA Anaconda need only a Department of the Army form 4187 requesting a new ID due to the old one being lost or stolen.
Once the appropriate paperwork has been completed, Soldiers should go to their designated personnel services unit and have an ID made. All 1st Infantry Division Soldiers should go to the 38th PSB to acquire new ID's, and all other units can get theirs from the 138th Personnel Services Battalion.
Soldiers not residing on LSA Anaconda need to file a report at the MP station and take a copy of that report to the appropriate personnel services battalion The IDs being given out in theater are the old green DD2A version and are only temporary. Once the Soldier returns home whether on rest and relaxation or on redeployment, he or she should get to the nearest ID card section and have a permanent one made.
The 38th PSB is at 4147 New Jersey Avenue, and the 138th PSB is at 4140 New Jersey Avenue.
Call the 38th PSB at DNVT 559-1793 or 138th PSB at DNVT 527-4224 for more information.
Editors Note: Pfc. Burton is a member of the 28th Public Affairs Detachment from Fort Lewis, Wash. She is currently deployed to Iraq in support of the 13th Corps Support Command at LSA Anaconda.
(LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq) - Spc. Jason Arnold, 38th PSB, makes a replacement identification card.