Arkansas Guard alerting soldiers of data loss

Stuttgart, Ark. — CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON – An unsecure hard drive containing personally identifiable information on a currently unknown number of current and former Arkansas National Guard Soldiers was reported missing on February 22.

An Arkansas Guard Soldier reported the loss after conducting an exhaustive search to locate the drive when it was first realized as missing on February 15.  The drive was a backup storage device used by the Soldier to archive work related information over the past six years.

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The drive is said to include names, social security numbers and other personal information on a number of Soldiers primarily having served with the Arkansas Guard’s 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, from January 2004 to March 2009.  The 1st Battalion is headquartered in Malvern with units in Prescott, Arkadelphia, Texarkana, Hope, Mena, DeQueen, Sheridan and Benton.

The drive also potentially contains personal information on Soldiers who served with the 39th Brigade Special Troops Battalion from April 2009 to the present.  The 39th BSTB is headquartered in Conway with units in Clarksville, Pine Bluff and Little Rock.

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