New Web policy to protect Soldiers

Protecting personal information is vital to the security of Soldiers
serving downrange. Enemies of the U.S. can harm Soldiers or the ones
they love through seemingly unimportant information posted on the

To better protect Soldiers and families, U.S. Army Europe has
implemented a policy requiring its family readiness groups to move
their dot com Web sites under the more secure Army Knowledge Online or
the virtual Family Readiness Group Web site.

The policy is intended to ensure FRG Web sites do not provide
information that may give the enemy an advantage, endanger Soldiers or
compromise missions.

The enemy considers the Web and Web logs great tools to gather
information, according to Sgt. 1st Class Nicolas Vazquez, USAREUR
operations security manager.

“They use the Web to gather important information about us,” Sergeant
1st Class Vazquez said. “They can find out where we live, when and
where our Soldiers are deployed, and other critical pieces of
information that can be pieced together to be used against us.”

The policy states all FRG Web sites in USAREUR must move to either AKO or vFRG by June 1.

For more information on the new FRG Web site policy, contact your local
information management specialist, unit operations security officer or
the USAREUR webmaster.  
(Courtesy of USAREUR Public Affairs)