Operations Security (OPSEC)
This list is rapidly growing (HooYah) and now may be a good time to remind not only the newcomers but all of us about certain Navy security issues. Many Navy dads, family members and friends are new to the Navy (or perhaps the military in general) and should keep in mind something the Navy refers to as Operations Security (OPSEC). As proud parents of our sailors, we want to let the world know of their accomplishments as well as our immense pride in them. Sometimes we get so excited about our sons or daughters Navy life we can't wait to share the news. This is when we need to be reminded of OPSEC. The following information is given out on the Family Readiness Group from the public website of the USS Truman (CVN-75) and stresses points we all need to follow:
"....rumors will fly about the ships schedule. The command is committed to keeping Sailors and families informed and getting schedule updates to you as soon as practical. Flexibility is the key. Navy schedules do change but the command will keep its crew and families informed. The best way for family members to keep informed is to attend the Family Readiness Group meetings every month and to avoid listening to or spreading rumors. The command will only release official schedule updates so why rely on rumors and hearsay?
With the knowledge of the ship’s schedule we must all remember Operations Security (OPSEC) in order to guard this information and protect our Sailors from those who may use schedule information for harmful purposes. Schedule information should NEVER go in an e-mail, over the phone, posted on websites, discussed in public or on Facebook, Twitter etc. PROTECT SCHEDULE information.
Listed below are the OPSEC rules, remember they keep our loved ones safe.
• Don’t discuss future destinations or ports of call
• Don’t discuss future operations, exercises or missions (including Family Day Cruises)
• Don’t discuss dates and times of when we will be in port or conducting exercises
• Don’t discuss readiness issues and numbers
• Don’t discuss specific training equipment or lack thereof
• Don’t speculate about future operations
• Don’t spread rumors about current, future, or past operations or movements
• Don’t discuss deployment or homecoming dates
• Don’t assume the enemy is not trying to collect information; they always are
• Don't discuss Security Procedures, movements, or arms
• Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email, phone, chat rooms and message boards. There is no guarantee that a chat room or forum described as 'military' has any security for transmitting information or restricting membership to military personnel and their families only
"REMEMBER, OPSEC SAVES LIVES”
OPSEC is ship or operations specific and doesn't have anything to do with your sailors accomplishments in boot camp, “A” or “C” schools or rate increases or any other info that is personal in nature. Take pride in your sailor and share it with us all!! This is a great open forum that we have and in order to keep it that way we need to remember OPSEC. Basically, just remember this: if the information is shared on a public Navy website or newspaper, then it's ok to post and discuss that information on Navy Dads. When operational information comes directly to us from our sailors that is when we need to apply the OPSEC rules.
Not to diminish the importance of OPSEC, but you will remember this:
Below is a link to a PDF presentation from the NAVY regarding OPSEC and the use of social media......
EG, Cool poster. Looks WWII but I haven't seen it before. Makes the OPSEC stand out!