There are many reasons why I don’t give specific details about stuff I write
about. The old adage of “Loose Lips Sink Ships” isn’t just a World War II thing… it still stands. I do not want what I say to be the reason harm comes to someone in the military… and most especially not Huzzy. And even if the person who is reading my blog is innocent, s/he may accidentally pass on information to those who are not-so-innocent.
I’d like to hope that everyone who is reading my blog has only the best of intentions. But when it comes down to it, there are people out there in the world who actively seek information that can help them do harm to Americans… civilians and military alike.
I want to know for sure that anything I say isn’t going to put my husband’s… or any other Sailor’s or member of the military’s… life at risk. So for that reason, I try my best to practice OPSEC, which stands for Operations Security. OPSEC has a set of practices that when used, will help deny our enemies the information they need to do harm to good people. This Operational Security primer can give you more information about OPSEC, but I’d like to point out a few things:
- I do not use full real names. I use nicknames for myself and for those around me to help give us additional protection and another “bubble” of security.
- If you know us in real life, I ask that you also do not use our real names when leaving comments to my posts.
- I do not post exact dates or locations for things like deployments and homecomings. Not only for OPSEC, but also because as most of you in the military know that the only thing that is absolute is that everything changes… last minute especially.
- Please don’t ask for specific information, because I’ll just roll my eyes at you and point you back to this page. And I’m sure you don’t want to know that I’m rolling my eyes at you. ‘Cause I’m sure that would hurt your feelings. Ha.
Thanks for helping me keep my Sailor and others around the world safe. And thanks to To the Nth, who came up with the idea of an OPSEC page. And let me copy it. Kinda.