Getting permission from the Va. National Guard to write this blog has taken a long time, with weeks turning into months. I want to give some insight on what I will and or will not discuss, and why.
I won't be able to say until at least October, where I'll eventually be stationed. Not even what country. Otherwise, I'd be violating operational security (OPSEC).
What I can say about my whereabouts is we will report to our home station in Richmond, Va. in October. The unit is activated and will move to Ft. Dix, N.J. I can also say that we are activating in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
A few weeks ago, a prime example of what not to do surfaced. The Army punished Specialist Leonard Clark for disclosing tactical information throughout his blog. He lost a pay grade, just under $2,000 in penalties, and received extra duty, which will commence once his deployment is over.
Here is a copy of the policy letter he violated. Download Policy#9 Multi-National Corps-Iraq
OPSEC is not expressly defined, but when soldiers start talking about tactics, troop strengths, locations of operations, and equipment capabilities, we cannot expect the Department of Defense to sit back and watch. Releasing this type of information is what gets people killed.
Most likely there will be some things I'd like to write about, which I won't be able to discuss, and I hope you will be okay with this. At the same time I want to be clear, this publication is not censored by the military.
My chain of command is supportive of this blog and have said it is something I should do. Should they tell me to stop writing, I'll have to stop. If they propose to censor what I write, I'll choose to stop.
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