After metal altar appointments have been cleaned and polished, they
should rehandled with gloves or apiece of cloth to prevent body oil from
soiling the finish. When altar appointments are stored, they should be
wrapped in a soft cloth.
CUSTODIAL SERVICES FOR CRP FACILITIES
As a Religious Program Specialist, you are responsible to the command
chaplain for the religious facilities which are used to conduct divine services.
The appearance of these facilities is a reflection upon the entire Command
Religious Program and must, therefore, have the best possible appearance
you can give them. Custodial services are oftentimes a problem, and
frequently, these tasks will fall to the RP to accomplish. However, if the
expenditure of appropriated funds* is authorized for contract maintenance
of CRP facilities, they should be used for that purpose. Nonappropriated
funds* should not be used for custodial services. In the absence of contract
custodial arrangements, you must ensure that CRP facilities are properly
cleaned and maintained whatever the circumstance. CRP facilities must
reflect the very best appearance possible.
PHYSICAL SECURITY OF CRP FACILITIES
Physical security of CRP facilities is an important aspect of your job.
Two factors serve to make this responsibility more difficult: the range of
activities conducted at the chapel and the large numbers of people involved.
To ensure that all local security requirements are met, a security checklist
should be developed to cover routine, daily security checks, and the security
checks to be conducted after the various activities are concluded. Such a
checklist should include, but is not limited to:
Turning out lights.
Adjusting heat/air-conditioning thermostats.
Ensuring that doors and windows are locked.
Checking safety requirements for electric appliances.
Removing fire hazards.
Proper stowing of equipment and supplies, classified and/or sensitive
Returning and/or accountability for keys.
Special attention must also be given to the security of altar accessories
since they may be of special religious significance to worshipers and are
difficult and costly to replace. In addition, the sacramental wine and
wafers/bread used in the various religious services must be properly stored
and safeguarded, not only to prevent their unauthorized use, but to also
ensure that they will not be rendered unusable by careless or malicious acts.
* Refer to RP 3 & 2, Module 14 Logistic Support and Financial Control, for an explanation of