As members of the S.C. National Guard, we have been entrusted by the American people to defend freedom and our way of life. Since the attacks on our homeland by terrorists on 9-11, thousands of National Guard members have mobilized around the world to fight an enemy that has no boundaries. The Global War on Terror is on-going and ever-changing, and events around the world continue to ignite conflicts and terrorist acts.
Recently, there has been an increase in the use of social media by terrorist organizations to recruit new members, promote their tactics, or post threats to westerners. All service members must ensure information posted on social media does not provide information that could violate operational security or divulge personal information.
Be aware that internet use and social media posts may be visible to everyone, even with privacy settings. The enemy is always watching. Ensure family members and friends understand the impacts of digital technology and use of social media and your role as a member of the military.
If any service members or their loved ones believe that they have been contacted by a terrorist organization on social media or during internet use, it should be immediately reported to the chain of command. This includes any emails, threats, comments or requests from unknown sources that appear to have links to terrorists or have suspicious origins.
We must keep our service members and our citizens safe. We must remain vigilant. If you see something, suspect something, say something.