Local Marines Prepare for Online Threat of Islamic State

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.




About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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