Many of you may have heard or read in news reports about ISIS terrorists threatening violence against military members and their families at home. As your leader, I truly wish I could share with you these threats are totally false. While there have been no warnings of an imminent direct attack on our forces at home, I do want to remind you that to anyone who answers the call to defend freedom, there will always be an enemy who wants to do us harm and take freedom away.
While we believe the likelihood is not high of a terrorist striking our organization in South Carolina, we must always remain dedicated to caring and defending our nation’s greatest treasure, our military and their families. There are many actions you can take to protect your privacy and ensure personal information cannot be accessed by terrorists and criminals.
When Using Social Media:
-Always think before you post. Always assume everyone in the world will be able to see what you are posting, or tweeting, even if the site limits your posts to your friends and family.
– Limit who can view your social media sites; but do not trust these settings as absolute.
– Avoid posting your home or work address and phone numbers; and any government or military affiliation.
– Avoid providing detailed accounts of your routine.
– Turn off applications that provide your location.
When at home:
– Always lock doors, windows and garages.
– Make sure home entrances are well-lighted, and minimize bushes where intruders can hide.
– Don’t open the door to solicitors or strangers.
– Install solid-core doors, heavy-duty locks and window security systems.
– Hold a family meeting to work out home security plans.
Please remember since the attacks on our homeland on 9-11, we have been actively engaged in the Global War on Terror. Because of the service and sacrifices of thousands of military members, we have kept our homeland secure from another attack. We in the S.C. National Guard are always vigilant and mindful of the threat to our way of life. As family members, your support and strength is what gives us the resolve to serve.
As additional information is provided to us through our Department of Defense channels, we will share them with you. If at any time, you believe you have been contacted by suspicious individuals, report it to your chain of command immediately.
We will remain vigilant, we will remain strong. Our National Guard is committed to defending the homeland and is ready when our great state of South Carolina and our nation needs us.
Thank you as always for your service and sacrifice.
MG Robert E. Livingston, Jr.
The Adjutant General for South Carolina