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Aux. computer access while augmenting active duty
Last Post 27 Oct 2015 09:18 PM by Prospero. 3 Replies.
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12 Nov 2013 11:53 AM

    Ok, while serving at a station or a Sector HQ or perhaps even on a cutter an Aux. who’s assigned to duty augmenting the active duty needs computer access. In the CG that access goes hand in hand with an eMail account and is supposed to be tightly associated with a Controlled Access Card (called a ‘cack’ card). This can all get pretty daunting since there are so few of us Aux. serving as direct augmentation to the active duty, very few people in the CG are actually aware of who should do what to get access. For my whole first year as a watchstander I had to ask one of the petty officers or seamen to ‘sign me in’ to the computer in order to pull my watch. Not only is that a technical violation of the rules it’s just not correct.

    What is correct you ask? It’s for the Aux. to get proper credentials for the computer. Please note, this is not something that is given out casually and if you’re not serving in a capacity that REQUIRES computer access you will not be given credentials. If you DO serve in a capacity that requires computer access to CG computers then you need to do these things.

    Check, with your instructor or ‘control person’ at the active duty facility where you are serving and mention the situation to them. In many cases they have no idea what to do so you’ll be informing them. They’ve probably been a little uncomfortable with the issue of you ‘borrowing’ computer access anyway but that person may have simply not known what to do about it. If you report to the XO or XPO on a regular basis, that’s fine. They can move things in the right direction. If you go through someone else, ask that “someone else” to move it up the chain.

    Next, ask your contact person to ask the CO, OIC, XO or XPO to file a request with CG information technology support to obtain an eMail address for you. The eMail address and sign-on credentials go hand in hand so one will naturally include the other. That won’t get you a CAC card but it will enable you to take the next step.

    AFTER you get an eMail address (which will include manual sign-on credentials) you’ll then have to ask the CO, OIC, XO or XPO to file a request with Sector HQ to get you the ‘Aux-type, pseudo CAC card’ so you can use that card in the secure card reader on the computer. Without the CAC card I believe you can still sign on to the computer using the name/password credentials method but policy is that people are supposed to have the CAC card with them and use it.

    This is a real pain in the backside folks but it’s the way it has to be done because the CG wants to make extremely sure these eMail accounts, cards and credentials ONLY get in the hands of people who NEED them. If at any time there is push-back on the subject, just let it go and ask again in a few months. If an issue comes up where you needed to pull a watch that needed computer access and the situation was disrupted because you don’t have proper access, document it but don’t make waves. Patience is a virtue.

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    06 Mar 2015 12:40 PM
    The proper channels should be provided to you by the Station Commander upon approval of your request to stand watch in a specific job. I don't believe you can directly request CAC authorization for computer terminals. It needs to be written in for you, just like Direct Ops clearance can't be initiated by the auxiliarist themselves, but only by the unit person with the authorization over that job.
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    23 Mar 2015 11:19 AM
    I've been told its called an Auxiliary Local Access Card. I'm in the process of trying to get this now since I have been doing just as previously stated and using the CAC card of whichever non rate happens to be standing watch when I arrive. Glad I saw this post because honestly no one at my Flotilla nor the station I volunteer at has yet to know what to do. Thanks.
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    27 Oct 2015 09:18 PM
    Your supervisor needs to submit an account request for you through CGFixit. Instructions and the request form are on the CGFixit site linked to the icon on every SWS desktop. There is a question asking whether the DIRAUX has approved if the request is for an Auxiliarist. The Security Officer and CO/OIC will also have to sign.

    The card is secondary to the account. It's not a CAC (no picture, so it's not usable for physical access), but an Auxiliary Logical Access Card (ALAC), which is a federal token similar to those issued to other volunteers like FEMA people. Once the account is set up (just a day or two after a correctly endorsed request is submitted), you can access a workstation with a username/password combo. You can then request an ALAC through a local RAPIDS station. Medium to large CG ops will have one with a Yeoman that issues cards; most military bases will also have the ability to generate an ALAC although they may never have seen or heard of one.

    Very valid point above about Watchstanders who need access to create the daily Comms log, MISLE, R21 etc.. Absolutely should not be done on someone else's login. If they want you to stand the watch, they should request the appropriate account for you.
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