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Boxer Switches to PASCAC

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Story Number: NNS061201-01
Release Date: 12/1/2006 10:01:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Gaines, USS Boxer Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BOXER, At Sea (NNS) -- During a port visit to Manama, Bahrain Nov. 18-22, USS Boxer (LHD 4) began full use of a new system to track Sailors as they board and leave the ship while in foreign ports.

The Personal Accountability System for Common Access Card (PASCAC) quickly scans crew members’ military identification (ID) and stores the information in a database when crew members leave and return to the ship. The system is vital to ensure the safety and accountability of Boxer Sailors while the ship is far from home.

Before becoming the ship’s primary tracking system, it was used with traditional tracking methods prior to Boxer entering the U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of operation.
The system works in conjunction with Boxer’s “Liberty Buddy” policy, a safety measure requiring crew members to leave the ship in pairs. PASCAC verifies that Sailors check out and return with the same person.

Boxer previously used a paper system, more prone to human error, which created long lines and required more administrators. The electronic PASCAC system cuts wait time dramatically.

“PASCAC uses modern technology to keep track of our shipmates at all times,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW) Peter Barnes. “Right away, you know if a Sailor is accounted for or if they are missing.”

PASCAC software was developed by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Commander, Naval Installation (CNI) in 2005 to efficiently keep track of Sailors while in port.

Boxer is only the second ship to utilize the PASCAC system.

“It’s a good tracking system for Sailors,” said Senior Chief Storekeeper (SW/AW) Wilberto Vinzon. “It’s important for me to know where my people are, especially in the event of an emergency.”

The convenience of checking out and shorter lines are a welcome change to Boxer’s crew and leadership.

“It’s a good thing,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (AW) Andre Moog. “It’s a lot faster than before, and it seems to be working smoothly.”

Boxer plans to continue using PASCAC whenever it pulls into a foreign port during its current deployment.

Boxer is the flagship for Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group (BOXESG), which is currently operating in the North Persian Gulf conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in support of U.S. 5th Fleet. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the North Persian Gulf and protect Iraq's sea-based infrastructure to help provide the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-determination.

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 27 countries, includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

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