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Question:
What should I do if someone from the media questions me about my spouse's unit's deployment?

Answer:
You have the right to speak to the media if you choose to. However, if questions arise about your spouse’s unit and/or any deployments associated with the unit, keep in mind “Operation Security” otherwise referred to as “OPSEC.” According to the Interagency OPSEC Support Staff website at http://www.ioss.gov, “Operations Security (OPSEC) is an analytic process used to deny an adversary information - generally unclassified - concerning our intentions and capabilities by identifying, controlling, and protecting indicators associated with our planning processes or operations. OPSEC does not replace other security disciplines - it supplements them.” In other words, chose your words carefully when it comes to information about the unit's activities. It is best to refer the media to the appropriate authorities (Rear Detachment Commander, the Public Affairs Office, etc.) for questions regarding unit activities. Even if the information you give out does not appear sensitive, you don't want to jeopardize the safety of the unit's Soldiers or their family members. If you do talk to the media, be friendly, honest, and professional. Make sure you understand the questions being asked and stick to the facts when answering them. If you cannot answer a question, do not feel embarrassed to say, “I don’t know” or “I’d rather not answer that question.” Keep the interview centered on topics you are comfortable with, your own experiences and knowledge. You have the right to stop the interview at any point. Remember also, that when speaking about the military – you represent the military. If you ever have any questions or concerns about talking to reporters, contact your local Public Affairs Office for assistance. The Army Family Team Building program offers a class on how to speak to the media. Contact your local office for more information on their schedule of classes.
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