Marines ditch meal cards in favor of new CAC system at mess halls

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A Marine grabs a meal at the 12th Marines Mess Hall at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Oct. 12, 2018.  CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
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A Marine grabs a meal at the 12th Marines Mess Hall at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Oct. 12, 2018. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Marines ditch meal cards in favor of new CAC system at mess halls

by: James Bolinger | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 01, 2018

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Some junior Marines in Japan have shredded their meal cards and moved to a simpler system that requires only a common access card, or CAC, to dine at mess halls.

Part of a Marine Corps-wide initiative, the change eliminates an unnecessary piece of paper that can easily be lost or forged, said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Denis Lebreton, director of the Installation Personnel Administration Center, which oversees dining facilities at MCAS Iwakuni.

The CAC system increases accountability and reduces the administrative burden of managing the program, he said. For example, Marines who lost their meal card were required to fill out a statement that had to be routed through their chain of command, the provost marshal office and the mess hall.

Using CACs also eliminates the ability for Marines to loan their meal card to another individual or make a copy that could then be used by someone else, Lebreton said.

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