Tuesday, January 7, 2014

When Being Vauge is as Detailed as You Can Get!

I am Sam.
Sam I am.
Do you like OPSEC and ham?
I do not get it, Sam I am.
I do not get OPSEC and ham.
We must use it here and there.
We must use it everywhere.
You CAN share it in a car.
But you CANNOT in a bar.
You CANNOT share it in a text.
You CANNOT share it at the NEX.
You CAN say it in your house.
But should NOT tell a random spouse.
You CAN say it in the shower.
But do NOT go sharing at happy hour.
DON’T make the Ombudsman sweat.
DON’T post it on the internet.
You CANNOT share it in a tweet.
That would not be very sweet.
Beware of Facebook and Myspace and Tumblr too.
It’s tempting to let your feelings through.
You Cannot tell it to a friend.
NOT even at the very end.
It is a privilege to know a date.
DON’T tell ANYONE or they may be late!
Oh, I get it, Sam I am.
Now I get OPSEC and ham!
I will not tell anyone. I will keep hushed until they’re done!
I will not tell him or her. I will not tell my dog with fur.
I will not tell my child’s teacher. I will not tell any creature.
Thank you, THANK YOU, Sam I am.
Thank you for clearing up OPSEC and Ham!!
-Author Unknown
I would venture to say that most people know someone who has/is/will deploy. It can be a tough and emotional  time for all of those involved but it is also important to keep the service members safety in mind! I think all spouses/family/friends are guilty of breaking OPSEC in one way or another so the above poem is always a good reminder! OPSEC is short for Operations Security is a way of protecting information that can be used against us, (names, dates, numbers, locations). Think like a bad guy, if you were to read or hear what you post or say could it be used against you and your family?  Here are a few questions that can't be addressed publicly that I hear ALL too much:
- Where is he/she going? 
- When does he/she leave?
- When does he/she come home?
- Is he/she going alone?
SpouseBuzz by Military.com has an article on 6 Surprise OPSEC Dont's its worth a read and may help some understand why questions go unanswered or the answer is vague!
Now it is time to start getting ready for our trip! America get ready the kids and I are coming!!! I still think I am completely nuts for flying alone with 2 children under 3, I'm sure there will be funny/horrible experiences to blog about upon our return!
Until Next Time,

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