Army

January 10, 2014

Commissary now scans IDs at checkout counter

Tags:
Gabrielle Kuholski
Staff Writer

Commissary patrons now follow a new procedure when approaching the checkout lanes. Customers must have their identification card scanned instead of showing it to the store checker, a procedure which began Thursday.

On Thursday commissary shoppers began following a new procedure implemented at checkout and effective that day. Instead of showing their identification cards to cashiers to establish their eligibility to use the facility, ID cards will now be scanned. The implementation is part of an agency-wide rollout to all stores that began Nov. 10.

“Scanning patron IDs will allow us to put a higher level of protection on the commissary benefit by using technology to verify patron eligibility,” explained Judy Mendez, Fort Huachuca Commissary store director. “Scanning IDs will also allow us to collect basic demographic information to help us better understand our patrons and their preferences.”

The data collected includes ID number, rank, military status, branch of service, age, household size and zip codes of residence and duty station. According to the Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, all collected information is secured and safeguarded, and specific personal information about an individual will not be collected.

Sgt. 1st Class Anjum Dean, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, uses the self-checkout line at the commissary. On Thursday all customers were introduced to a new identification card scanning process, even in the self-checkout lines. Under the new policy, rather than just showing a cashier their IDs, the cards are physically scanned when customers check out.

“The methods, processes and information we’ll use will not compromise our customers’ privacy — they can be sure of that,” said Joseph Jeu, DeCA CEO and director, in a DeCA press release. “We’re putting technology to work to better understand our customers and ensure the commissary benefit continues to remain relevant to them now and in the future.”

“Safeguarding our customers’ commissary benefit and their privacy is most important to us,” Mendez added.

Following this new procedure, DeCA officials see two additional benefits. They hope to use the data to identify shopping needs and preferences of its patrons. The agency will also no longer need to maintain any personal information on customers in its computer systems, such as the system used to write checks.

Fort Huachuca’s commissary is located in Building 61610, 2170 Arizona St. For more information about the new procedure or any commissary-related issue, call 533.5540.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Julianne E. Cochran

Help wanted: Enlisted aides in valued roles for Army leaders

Julianne E. Cochran An Enlisted Aide Training Course instructor shows a student the specifics of setting up a general officer’s uniform during a practical exercise. WASHINGTON – Enlisted aides are considered an elite group ...
 
 

CWFC supports Fort’s civilian employees

Fort Huachuca’s Civilian Welfare Fund Council (CWFC) uses the money derived from vending machines to support federal employees. Each month a percentage of the money from post snack and soda vending machines goes into a secured CWFC account to provide morale and recreational activities to civilian employees. According to Carmen Chastain, CWFC president, these activities...
 
 
Photo courtesy of Richard Grosinsky

Hunter unmanned aircraft system ends history here, leaves long legacy

Photo courtesy of Richard Grosinsky From that first Hunter unmanned aircraft system training class that graduated here April 27, 1992, to its final flight here July 10, Fort Huachuca’s UAS program continues to build on the vi...
 

 

Official participation in #GiveThem20 campaign not authorized

The Office of the Judge Advocate General has been notified by the DOD Standards of Conduct Office about an online social media campaign titled”#GiveThem20.” The action is supported by, and draws attention to, a national nonprofit organization called American Corporate Partners. The campaign is online at GiveThem20.org. The campaign proposes video recording yourself or a...
 
 

OPM announces steps to protect federal workers, others from cyber threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced July 15 the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data and the steps it is taking to protect those impacted. Throughout this investigation, OPM has been committed to providing information in a timely, transparent and accurate...
 
 
U.S. Army photo

Military Intelligence – Moment in MI history

Maj. Gen. Ralph Van Deman – Namesake of the East Gate U.S. Army photo Maj. Gen. Paul Menoher, commander of the US Army Intelligence Center, and Command Sgt. Maj. Art Johnson unveil the memorialization plaque at the Van Deman ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>