YUMA, Ariz. – MCAS Yuma says local marines and their families are at a higher risk for being targets of the Islamic State. Captain Jose Negrete says there are simple ways to protect yourself and loved ones.
“Social media was not an issue 10 or 20 years ago,” he said. “But now it is. And as we see new trends new threats the Marine Corps adapts.”
Just recently the Islamic State released the names and addresses of hundreds of servicemembers. Experts believe they got all the information they released from social media. Corporal Travis Gershaneck says there have been times when he’s had to ask friends to remove posts online because of the potential threat.
“If you want to post everywhere you go, and build that habit on social media, it’s out there for the world to see and people are watching,” he said.
Furthermore the people listed on that kill list were all mainly apart of airstrikes against the Islamic state. With multiple harrier squadrons and the f-35 in Yuma Captain Negrete said our local Marines could be at risk.
“What we don’t want is to have our marines put information out there that may put their families in danger. You don’t know who’s going to have access to it,” he said.
MCAS Yuma wants their Marines and anyone close to them to know it’s not just about you when you post.
“If you’re not aware of what you’re posting out there, there’s a high potential that you could put either you or your entire operation at risk including your fellow Marines and your family in danger, ” Captain Negrete said.
Corporal Gershaneck echoed his warnings adding “What you post is essential to your security and the security of your friends”.
MCAS Yuma says the same rules that apply to local Marines apply to everyone for more information on what could potentially make you a target visit Marine Corps Social Media Guidelines.