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As you can see by my username I am a proud mom of a Marine. I know all about OPSEC and will discuss nothing. You may hear me brag here and there...but no details. Oorah!

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I am the wife of a retired Air Force/ Army Officer, and after reading just a few of these posts, I can tell much has not changed in 36 years!!! I still remember when I first married my husband, he was Active Duty Air Force and I was given a good briefing for new spouses, it included a lot of the Security Precautions mentioned her. Of course then, we were not in the midst of a couple wars, but we were NOT Based in CONUS and there were many concerns where we were based then. I also remember my mother-in-law always pressing for information in letters and when we got a chance to call home. Where we were Based, we did not have "home phones" then, cell phones did not exist yet, and computers still took up a whole room and were not in homes. So our only real way to communicate routinely was via letters. I still remember ignoring MANY letters from home wanting information we could not give them!

My journey begins with one step....and I am taking that step today!
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6/9/12 6:14 P

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I've been in the Army National Guard for 10yrs and currently on deployment. I'm working on dropping 20lbs by Aug.

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5/21/12 11:25 A

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Hi Team

I am new to Spark and Im glad there are some military related teams.

I am a Navy veteran and will be joining the Navy Reserves in a few months. I have lost 30 lbs and need to lose 18 more to get back in.

Thank you to everyone who has served and is still serving. Happy Armed Forces week

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Hi I am new to this team. I have enver been m,ilitary however I have a military background from my grandpa as well as my boyfriend. My BF was an officer in the AF and my son who is 16 is planning on joining the AF when he graduates high school. I adore our military forces and will be one proud military momma when my son enlists!! emoticon



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11/23/11 8:24 A

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I'm new to this site and am looking for any encouraging words or advice from everyone. I've been married to my hubby for 8yrs and he's been a Marine for 6. We are hoping he will get approved for reenlistment next year since he'd like to stay in til retirement. I've always been overweight but had lost 200lbs in the 1st 6 yrs we were married. I've since started to want to lose more weight and would like to lose another 100lbs but right now 50 is my goal.

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10/9/11 1:08 P

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Glad to be here among servicemen and women. I served 5 1/2 yrs in the Air Force and loved every single minute of it. I am now in Alaska working for the State of Alaska. I want to get back down to my pre-prego weight. My little girl is now 8 months old and I will get this weight off begore she turns 1 yr. I want to be able to chase her around without getting winded and play with her without stopping.

I am looking forward to these next months!

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8/24/11 1:30 A

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I'm an Airman in the USAF and have been on active duty for just over 2 years now. Over the two years, I've had OPSEC lectured repeatedly because it is such an issue, but typically it's not the service member that is spouting off sensitive information. It's usually a dependent (not always a spouse either, kids do it too).

If you are a service member (Guard/Res/Active) and you have to question whether or not you should be saying something to your dependents, you probably shouldn't be. That includes time/dates of deployment (considered a troop movement, and is VERY sensitive information).

Dependents: STOP PUTTING EVERYTHING ON FACEBOOK/MYSPACE/TWITTER!! I'm glad that the hubs is coming home from deployment, but you don't need to advertise when his flight gets in, what airport, etc. That makes everyone at that location a target, including yourself.

Relatives of dependents (usually the proud grandma): We're glad that you're proud of us, I promise. But telling your gals at church that little Johnny in the Army is at whatever unit in Afghanistan for 12 months, and has to carry around whatever type of weapon and you're so worried about him carrying it because he's so young, and whatever shift he works...A) Gives away location/unit info B) Gives away info about what weapons they possess and C) gives away info about shift changes.

We all love that we get support, and that you think enough about us to tell your friends, and tell Cousin Sue down in Georgia, but keep in mind that the details you tell/post could put our lives (and the lives of many others) in danger...

Please think before you post.

Edited by: B16_R3D at: 8/24/2011 (04:10)
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8/13/11 1:41 P

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Blessings to you and thoughts of encouragement!



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8/13/11 1:38 P

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My heart goes out to you Ruth. I am also an RN and ret. From the Navy (Navhosp Pensacola). I started gaining wt after being put on steroids fo MS and haven't been able to lose it.



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7/25/11 6:40 A

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Will need a friend to walk through my weight loss and my ROTC son leaving September 27 and final deployment to Afghanistan November 30th. Mom here needs to be healthy for when he comes home.

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7/22/11 8:55 P

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I'm not new to this site but new to this group. My husband is a soldier and I was also a soldier until I had my DS and decided I couldn't risk having to leave him for a deployment. We are in a very stressful time in his career and need the support of folks who know and understand.

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7/5/11 9:38 P

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Thank you for posting OPSEC rules. My name is Jay and I am an E-6 in the U.S. Navy. I have been in the Navy for just over 9 years now. I have spent the last few years on shore duty and kinda went the wrong way on fitness levels . I am soon to report to my next ship and need to get back into shape for my numerous duties out to sea. I look forward to achieving my fitness goals with the motivation of all of you as well as hope to motivate some of you.
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6/12/11 11:27 A

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Thank you so much for the OPSEC information. My son will be commissioned from an ROTC unit next year and is at LDAC this summer. I am learning, learning, learning as much as possible as he enters his military career. With twenty years ahead of us, I do have much to learn. Thank you all!

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6/8/11 12:14 P

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Have you seen a doctor about the issue of not being able to lose weight even though it sounds like you are doing the "right" things to do so? I know if your thyroid is off it can effect weight. Also if your body is producing too much of the hormone cortisol you can retain weight even though you're trying to lose. Just a thought. Don't stop believing in yourself, you're worth it! emoticon

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5/9/11 10:13 A

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Welcome!!! Bugdoo89. I wish you all the life changing, success possible to lose it and keep it gone. :o)

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Where do I start? I am new to this site, thanks to my daughter. I consider myself the ultimate military brat. My father was in the Air Force for 26 years and within 1 month of my high school graduation I was heading to basic training @ Ft. McClellan, Ala. I have struggled with my weight since high school, even while in the Army, the only time I would lose weight was when I was attending a military school, something about drill, I guess. I met my husband while we were both stationed in Germany. My husband served for a total of 9 1/2 years and in Desert Sheild/Storm. I got out within 6 months of our wedding due to my weight and it has yo-yoed since then. I have always done very well with Weight Watchers, but can't always afford to attend the meetings and for some physiological reason can't seem to stick with the points system when not going to meetings. My daughter is doing really well by tracking her meals and fitness, I started going to a gym 2 months ago and haven't lost a single pound, so I am hoping this will give me the lift and encouragment I need for the weight to start coming off

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5/5/11 5:40 P

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I am the mother of a son who is in the Army, 2 years now. It has been hard. He was in Iraq for a year and I haven't seen him in over a year and a half. He looks good because we talk on Skype at least once every 2 weeks. I am excited now, He is home from Iraq and will be up for a visit in June, the wife and grandkids as well. I miss him so much but am glad for Skype because I can see that he is safe and well.

This site will be a big help. I now know that there are others out going through what I have been going through. Thank you for this site.

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5/4/11 2:09 P

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Welcome, Newbie!

No man ever will unfold the capacities of his own intellect who does not at least checker his life with solitude. ~~DeQuincey


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Make a request of husband's 1st Shirt or Commander. They will often do what you suggest and reach out to include all the spouses in a very informative and helpful seminar that will give you all kinds of insight into proper base behavior, squadron support and military ettiquette. When your active duty spouse changes bases, he goes through a briefing, ask new commanders and 1st shirts what is available to wives that are new to the area. Good luck!

No man ever will unfold the capacities of his own intellect who does not at least checker his life with solitude. ~~DeQuincey


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ADMIN- please delete this post. I can't find the delete button....

Thanks =)

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3/31/11 3:32 P

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Hi Everyone! I was 23 years military, retired as an E7. My husband was E8 with 33yrs at retirement. Now my son has joined. He is at basic right now! I am so proud of him. I now work full time as a contractor with the military. I do outreach to families each month just to check on them and make sure they are doing okay. We definitely have the Facebook issue with folks posting info that should not be posted. Just thought I would put my two cents in. If you are the family of a deployed soldier and need help with anything, please send me a message and I will get you in contact with someone from your state to help.

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2/20/11 2:42 A

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Thank you for this group and thank you for this topic. I am currently deployed and we have this problem with the soldiers here. Whenever we get action EVERYONE wants to post pictures on their facebook page, and there's a mass email sent out to NOT do that. And it's not a new problem, we had this problem 20 years ago when I was stationed in Germany. With so many social networking sites nothing is private anymore and you put it out there, it's for EVERYONE to see.

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1/20/11 9:30 P

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HI TK,
Welcome aboard

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1/7/11 8:23 A

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Tis is a great site. This is the 2nd time I have used sparkpeople so my info doesn't show that I lost my weight the first time. I did gain it back and am just getting motivated to lose it again. I need a goal to get through. Last time it was a sprint tri that I participated in and did well. I might do one in May so that could work again. We will see. Good luck and enjoy the site.

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1/6/11 8:42 P

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Hello all I am a SGT in the army and i am new to this site. Just wanted to say hi

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Our Family Readiness officer is also great. I get to talk to my daughter quite a bit when she is on base and that helps. I just pray for her and can't wait to get her home!

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Marci, I completely agree with you. I know for my daughter that is at Leatheneck right now, they have been warned about FB and what you can and can't say. To the point where they will take internet away and possible other forms of communication if people are not careful. I hate reading things from other people that give locals and missions away.

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I'm also new to SP and fairly new to the military lifestyle. However, while my soldier was in Iraq, I was amazed at how many of his guy's significant others posted very very sensitive information on facebook. It got to the point that he would have me keep him informed about comments and info on facebook etc so he could take up the OPSEC issues directly with his soldiers. It seems to me that posting about missions/flights etc etc would, using common sense, be obviously dangerous to our soldiers. Very frustrating indeed.

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We have a great FRO (Family Readiness Officer) that alerts us on the dangers of posting sensitive materials all the time in her weekly emails!

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good points.. I wish there was a "bootcamp" for spouses.. perhaps a day or 2 seminar over information/behavior ettiquette..

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9/8/10 5:48 P

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I am new to this Team and just wanted to say you are totally right about OPSEC. I have been in the military for 16 years and have seen to many things get out, not to be concerned. Stay the course and if you ever need to talk to someone make sure they are family or a military spouse in the confines of your have and it has to always be face to face. Good luck. emoticon

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I'm new-ish to Spark People, and new to this team(didn't even know there was one for military service men/women/spouses/dependents).

OPSEC is always a good thing to keep in mind. We had a lot of trouble with one of the wives from my hubby's last deployment because she wouldn't believe us when we said that facebook was not a secure channel for information. Especially when you put it in her status message. The Sgt.'s wife actually got facebook to monitor her posts and delete the ones that had any sort of information regarding dates.

I didn't have any trouble with the in-laws though. My mother-in-law is a former Marine, so she would just ask if I had heard from him, and if he was okay. After that, she wouldn't ask anymore.

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My husband is retired Air Force and my daughter is a new Naval officer. I still work as a civilian for the Air Force and hope to join my husband in retirement in another 5 years. I'm new to SparkPeople and am enjoying getting to know the features.

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Thank you for posting this! I am still getting used to all the military-jargon and didn't even know about the OPSEC thing until I heard about it after the fact. I hope I have not posted anything potentially dangerous (my Hero has checked it and it passed so I must be ok! Will def watch future posts though!) I'm looking forward to getting to know some people who share similar experiences, esp since I am not geographically near my Soldier's primary military installation. :) Please add me as a friend if you like my page! :)

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6/27/10 6:27 P

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New to the site but agree 100%

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Oh forgot to mention-- new to this site

"Can do"

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HooRah! to your post!

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I am new to this team, just started today. I totally agree with you! I do not feel the need to mention anything about my family, this is my journey! I am here for inspiration and comradarie as far as losing weight. I don't mean to sound arrogant or selfish, but this IS all about me and staying focused on my mission:)

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Good info..the military culture takes getting used to! Bless everyone's day!

God's mercies are new every day! Lamentations 3:23


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Agreed, I often want to ask my Marine different things about his job, and I used to get annoyed that he doesn't trust me to tell me. And that was'nt it at all, HE CAN'T! I understand that now, but sometimes you do get curious, just be glad and proud that your loved one is defending our country an those who can't defend themselves, an if he/she is deployed pray for their safe return. OOORAH!

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Hi! I want to add my two cents as well. It's not really the recruiter's job to brief family members on OPSEC, nor is it the job of any particular service branch. The military member, upon learning the rules of OPSEC, should brief his or her friends and family. It usually starts when family members are really excited and inquisitive about things, and then you have to tell them that you can't give them specific details. I've been in the Air Force for 16 years and had to let my family know what they should or should not say. It's to the point now where my mom actually gets annoyed with what she sees on CNN or other news stations because she feels like they are giving out way too many details about troop movements and homecomings.

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They are now asking families to take down even the name of the ship or boat of their loved one. Terrorists are trying to target military families more now than ever. So even the littlest bit of info can make you a target. I have changed all my info on sites and have even made a separate email acct not associated to the usernames I use on sites.

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on facebook, too many spouses telling where the GIs are, what days, what their jobs are, numbers of planes, etc.

ps, one is too many

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You will remain at the main receiving station until you can do a push up. If that is not the case, try going to a local gym or community college and take a fitness course. All I did before I joined is keep walking everyday, since my shin spint injury in both legs, in which, I didn't feel like running. But once I got to basic there was no problem. I did every thing that was asked including some strange stuff because I am weird anyway. Just me. God that brings back a lot of memroies. Where do you want to be stationed? What is the mos you are training for? I was a helicopter mechanic (avionics), an mos that doesn't exist anymore. Just be patient and don't give up, I was always surprised how I held on until someone else dropped to the ground before I did so we would all have to do it all over again. It makes you stronger and just endure. Take care,
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Thank you so much for this information, I have a family member in the service and had NO idea about this, Never once were we asked to not say anything about what they are doing or where they are stationed. it is not as if they have been in the service since peace times. I do feel that the recruiters should inform family members of these rules and ask that they inform all other family members as well. emoticon

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I have a son in the ARMY for last seven years and not once have I heard of OPSEC. This is something every family member should be made aware of. He has always told me there were things he could not tell me re: his job, which I accepted but all of the other info here tells me I say way more than I should and I thank you for letting me know. I would never want to put my son in harms way - I was just a proud mama! Thank you again!

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WOW!! Thanks for spelling that out...it reassures me that i'm doing the right things. I have never been given such complete instructions on this!! by the way i am new to this spark people website TODAY!!! I looked at this post because when i saw this group on here....i was very curious about it as i know there are definately things we should do for the military's safety if we know someone who serves. This is the first i heard of the OPSEC acronym as well. thank you!

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thanks for all the information. My daughter will be going to basic soon. I will take what I have read here and learn from it. Thanks emoticon

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10/30/09 1:59 A

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Hi. My name is Eric. I am joining the army in January, and was wondering if there was anybody in this group from the Western New York area that would be willing to help me train for basic.

DIANERZEBET Posts: 19
10/29/09 7:08 P

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The OPSEC and PERSEC stuff posted here is very good to know for all family and service members. I finally retired from the Army Reserve in 2007 after 32 years. I still miss the people in my last unit and the esprit de corps and challenge of doing extreme tasks with little or nothing and no time. Security issues were really brought home to me in the 80s when there were all those bombings and kidnappings in Europe by terrorists. When 9/11 occurred I knew we would have to be changing our habits in the USA as well. Any of us who still have service members in our friends and family need to be aware of these issues so we can help safeguard our loved ones and ourselves. Humor and generic responses are all good measures. My nephew is the one now active and I don't ask him much about his work, just tell him to try to stay safe and come home when he can. May all our service members be blessed.

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10/17/09 4:52 A

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Hello, I am new to this team. I have one son in the National Guard (was deployed to Iraq for a year) and one son in school/Army ROTC in his second year of 4. When my son was deployed we were told at our FRG meetings that if word got out as to when the unit was leaving Iraq they could get held a lot longer. We were told that one unit got held for 6 additional weeks because word got out as to the date they were leaving. It is for their safety that word not get out. My sons platoon was the last to leave Iraq when they were deployed and at one point the other 2 platoons had been out for over 48 hours but something happened and his platoon had to stay longer which was for their safety. I was talking to him on messenger the day before he left, telling him about the Nebraska football game and such. He made the comment that he was glad that his unit was still in Iraq as they still had their room, beds, internet and such. Needless to say when he logged off and I didn't see him back on the net for over 36 hours I had hopes that he was on his way home. Late that Monday afternoon I got a call from him in Kentucky as they had landed a short time earlier. I imagine his wife got the first call but I was so glad to get his call.

I never knew when, where or how long his missions were and to this day (he has been home since Oct 2006) I still don't know to much about what he did while over there. He did say one time that the bombs were going off but must be landing outside the base and all I could think was TMI (to much info) as that made me worry more about his safety.

I have also heard that posting signs, ribbons and such at your home is an indication to people that you have a loved one gone and leaves you open to people who might want to take advantage. Be careful about that kind of stuff also.

Take care and stay safe for yourself and hour loved one.
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10/12/09 11:20 A

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I like to add my two cents too. Just because another spouse knows about it and tells you does not make it right. There was a situation in England that my husband and his higher ranking officer was dealing with and my husband did not tell me about it but the higher ranking officer tried to tell me what is going on and I told him that my husband did not tell me what is going on so he should not be telling me either. My husband was an officer too but a lower rank. When he got back I told him that the other guy tried to tell my what was going on and I had stopped him and my husband told me that I did the right thing. So ladies and gentlemen just because another spouse tells you something that your spouse did not tell you does not make it right to repeat it and that can get your spouse killed.

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9/15/09 5:12 P

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thank you for your quick response. I really appreciate it. I just don't think the kids are as careful as I think they should be. Even when stateside I don't think they should be texting about training and movements. I just don't think its a good idea.

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Telling you they are safe is okay. My folks always know "whereabouts" I am/have been. A quick "I arrived safe and sound" should be fine. I arrived at Bagram Air Base at 0300 on XX, not so much. When I was deployed, the locals knew when troops were coming in and out, no point giving them a head count.

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Thank you so much for this post. I am an Army mom. I worry enough.

I have a question, I am concerned about texts and their cell phones. I have asked my kids just to tell me if they are safe and not give me any details like when or where stuff. Are texts safe???? No one seems to want to write snail mail anymore. It was really nice getting snail mail when they were in boot, but since then they have phones... well... I am kind of concerned about this. If you know the answer to this please let me know.

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9/13/09 8:28 P

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Hi
I'm active duty, getting ready to retire in Jan 2010. Would like to start my new life 30lbs thinner.

Re OPSEC: There have been times I've asked people, so how long have you been working for al-Queda? That usually gets their attention. And its always people who should know better. And for those folks who think they are talking in code....rarely fools anyone. Unfortunately, the enemy is more intelligent than we like to give them credit for.

NOTE for Venus: I used to work for a lady that said common sense isn't common. She was right :-)

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I whole-heartedly agree with Determinedagain about OPSEC. As an FRG Secretary, military spouse, and prior military myself, OPSEC should be common sense but it's not. I know we all want our loved ones who are serving to come home safely. When any informtaion is put out regarding troop movements and /or missions and /or training in public media - internet, facebook, myspace, news media interviews, etc., this seriously jeopardizes the safety and well-being of our loved ones. Not to mention that military spouses are leaving themselves vulnerable to scammers, etc. when they publicize that they are "home alone" because their spouse is serving in another part of the country or another part of the world.
I encourage everyone to remind there families, extended families, and friends to keep any information regarding the locations, missions, troop movements, and any other information that could possibly be determintal to the safety of our military to themselves. If in doubt, DON'T put it out. I know this is hard to do when it gets close to the end of a deployment but it is vital to our soldiers and sailors protecting our country.
Thanks for listening.

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7/23/09 10:36 A

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Random FRG leader, "Why can't I know the exact date he comes home?"

Mrs. BB Bell, "Because then the bad guys might found out."

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6/30/09 12:14 A

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Everyone is giving out great advice here! One thing I would like to add is not to forget then when you are living overseas or just visiting never mention the military! If possible try to look like you would not belong in the military. My husband grew his hair out as much as he could so we would blend in. While living overseas I hated seeing people out in town with Navy t-shirts on. To me that is a giant bulls eye! My family is to important to risk anything.

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Wow, so much great info. My son just left for boot camp this afternoon. He is a junior in high school entering the army reserve on a split option. So many things I never would have thought about. It's almost overwhelming. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you.

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Hi i am new to the site and ready to start losing weight for R&R. I have six months and im hoping it will keep me busy while he is away. emoticon

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I agree with not posting pictures of our men and women on the web. I have a son in the Marines and I have had many sleepless nights when he was deployed. I pray for all and am glad I have you as a support for my fears and my weight loss. I am finding it easier if you have others in the same boat as you. So here is to a great new friendship...

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hey im new to this site..
anyways when i was at basic .. we were not to have any pics on the internet of us especially in uniform, apperently there have been targeted attacks.. im from canada and we are all told nope ..


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5/20/09 10:51 P

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I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with your post. I too, am a military spouse with 16+ years of marriage to my husband and the service. I more recently served as his unit's FRG leader and I can't tell you how many times I had to repeatedly tell my families not to post anything personal on the internet, not even in email. I had to tell one to take a video clip off of YouTube regarding the unit's deployment ceremony.

Regarding rumors of unit movement "down range", I also lambasted another member for telling me dates and times of unit arrival back to the states. It was futile trying to convince her that nothing was set in stone even though I knew she was right. I still had to play my cards close to the vest and tell her that it could change daily.

Keep up the good work. Being FRG leader was the best time I ever had and I REALLY miss it!

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