88 ABW/IP Hosts Annual Classified Clean-Out Day

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The 88th Air Base Wing Information Protection office will be hosting a classified clean-out day on Friday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Destruction Facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The CDF is located at 2445 Monohan Way, Building 306, Area B, WPAFB. Cleared personnel will be on hand to destroy all unneeded classified material. Appointment is not required. If an organization has a very large amount we request they call and schedule a separate date to prevent long wait times for other customers.

While not all inclusive, the CDF has the capability to destroy paper, hard drives, magnetic tapes, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, floppy disks, solid state memory, sim cards, flash memory, and thumb drives. For reference, destruction prep work items are provided below.

All our machines are certified for destruction of Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information. For the current National Security Agency/Central Security Service Evaluated Products Lists, go to https://www.nsa.gov/Resources/Media-Destruction-Guidance/NSA-Evaluated-Products-Lists-EPLs/ 

Why a clean-out day?

Well, it’s not just recommended, it’s a requirement. DoDM 5200.01/AFMAN 16-1404, V3, requires all activities with classified holdings to establish at least one day per year where specific attention is focused on properly destroying unneeded classified material. On WPAFB, that day has been codified as the second Friday in March. In addition to compliance with regulations, proper destruction of classified material decreases the risk of compromise, reduces the need for handling and control, creates additional space for storage and lessens costs associated with storage.

Take advantage of this opportunity and give those GSA Security Containers, Vaults, Open Storage Areas (Secure Rooms), and Classified Processing Areas a good purge and together we’ll ensure the security of our sensitive material.

Destruction Prep Work 

To meet regulatory guidance, protect machinery, and ensure a smooth and efficient destruction day, please adhere to the following procedures:

  • All Hard Drives/Tapes/Floppy Disks: Remove any classification stickers or markings to include Green/Unclassified or Purple/CUI.

  • All Hard Drives: Remove mounting brackets/screws, even on laptop size drives.

  • Classified Hard Drives: Remove green/blue circuit board but bring it with you as they will be destroyed in a different machine. The remainder of the HD will be degaussed/destroyed as normal.

  • Solid State Drives (SSDs) - Remove plastic/metal casing. The only portion that will be destroyed is the board/chips contained within that actually store the memory.

  • Paper: Remove any paperclips, binder clips, clams, etc. No metal except for normal size staples.

  • Optical Media: Keep CD/DVD separated from BluRays as they get destroyed in different machines.

For questions, please contact the Information Protection office at 88ABW.IPI.InformationSecurity@us.af.mil or call 255-4745/4441.