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Army CAC Certificate Reduction and Realignment Plan

Army Common Access Card (CAC) holders have until March 31, 2019, to activate their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Authentication certificate to ensure uninterrupted access to military networks and data. Mandated by the DoD, the Army CAC Certificate Reduction and Realignment Plan modifies the certificates on the CAC to streamline authentication functions under one certificate, increasing interoperability across the DoD and other U.S. federal government agencies to seamlessly integrate system access and information sharing. Approximately two-thirds of all Army CAC holders will be required to activate their PIV authentication certificate. Users should use Internet Explorer when updating their security certificates at: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/self_service/ 

Instructions for activating the PIV certificate are on the website. Leran more at https://www.army.mil/standto/2019-01-02 


Dam dog saves thousands of taxpayer dollars

Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ellie, the border collie, protects Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15 from birds like the double-crested cormorant, which flock to the structure in the fall and winter months. The birds leave tons of waste that corrodes and damages the facility. (Photo by Brannen Parrish)

We first met Ellie, a black and white Border Collie, in October of 2015, when the staff at Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15 brought her on board to prevent birds from damaging the structure, and creating a hazardous environment for workers.

Double-crested cormorants perched at Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15 before the arrival of Ellie. The birds dropped more than 11,000 pounds of waste on the structure. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

You can see Ellie’s original story here: Dam’s best friend: Border Collie protects R.S. Kerr L&D 15

Now, a year later, Ellie is receiving some well-deserved praise for her ability to keep birds away from the dam and save taxpayer dollars.

Tulsa District Commander, Col Christopher A. Hussin presented the “Commander’s Civilian Service Award” to Ellie yesterday at a ceremony held at ORU CityPlex towers.
Ellie is a Border Collie that was brought on to chase birds away from Robert S. Kerr, Lock & Dam 15, which in turn reduced potential health hazards for employees and saved tax payers money.

For more info checkout this story on KJRH about “Ellie” the dog making a big difference at facilities on the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.