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Team Buckley pursues Operational Security

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Did you know that Air Force Space Command has gone to a 100 percent shred policy? Oh yes they did! As a matter of fact, this policy has been added to AFI 10-701/AFSPC Sup, Operations Security and was implemented March 17, 2008.

What exactly does this mean? Well, it basically means, if it can fit through a shredder, it needs to go through. Stickies of all colors, things of no importance to anybody and yes...even a blank piece of paper. There shouldn't be a piece of paper in any trashcan on this base. The only exception is newspapers and magazines, which do not need to be shredded.

You ever heard of people checking out dumpsters? People do it and it doesn't matter how small you rip up a piece of paper...if people really want the info, they will get it.

One day, I accidentally ripped a money order to shreds. Someone came by and mixed my garbage with everybody else's garbage. I spent many hours finding the pieces and taping that thing back together. Guess what? I got my money order back and I was able to get new one from the BX. That was just a money order. Can you imagine what someone can do with sensitive information?

With that said, shred it. When in doubt, shred it. This does not mean shred everything your office creates. You still have to abide by the guidelines set according to the records management disposition schedule. Please contact Records Management for any questions relating to that.

For more information about the 100 percent shred policy, call the Privacy Act manager at 720-847-7167.
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