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New Identification Cards

Hancock Field Air National Guard Base -- As a means of combating identity theft, the Defense Department will issue identification cards without full Social Security numbers printed onto them, a senior
official said here today. The Defense Department cares about protecting personal information as well as increasing database security, Mary Dixon, director of the Defense Manpower Data Center based in Arlington, Va., told Pentagon Channel and American
Forces Press Service reporters. Identity theft is a very real problem today, Dixon explained. Criminals who pilfer SSN-bearing identity cards can virtually assume someone's identity through a few computer keystrokes and clicks of a mouse, she said.