FORT MONROE – A government laptop computer was stolen from a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command civilian employee’s privately owned vehicle while parked outside the employee’s residence.

The password-protected computer contained names, social security numbers, and payroll information for the pay period ending Jan. 20, 2007. The data did not contain bank account or bank routing numbers. Every TRADOC civilian employee, about 16,000, may be affected. The Army Criminal Investigation Command and civilian authorities are investigating the incident. TRADOC is also investigating to see if there is a need to change policies or procedures.

“TRADOC leaders take our obligations to protect personal information very seriously and we are committed to preventing further incidents of this nature,” reassured Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, deputy TRADOC commanding general, in individual letters to each of the possible civilian employees affected. Employees with additional questions should contact the TRADOC privacy officer at DSN 680-3434 or (757) 788-3434. Questions can also be sent via e-mail to