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US soldiers deployed abroad won’t be allowed to bring personal cellphones

82nd Airborne Division soldiers deployed abroad won’t be allowed to bring personal cellphones, due to OPSEC. Mobile or electronic devices could reveal their locations

US soldiers deployed abroad won’t be allowed to bring personal cellphones or any electronic devices that could reveal their locations. It has been reported by CNN. This, due to the operational security (OPSEC). The first unit to adopt those new rules is the 82nd Airborne Division, but soon others could follow the footsteps. The division spokesperson, Lt. Col. Michael Burns, explained that the decision was made in part because the elements of the 82nd that are deploying are part of a rapid response forces and it’s not clear where they may eventually be sent. “We are not going to put our soldiers at risk,” he underlined adding that the division is trying to keep families fully informed about the deployment and that phone centers would be established for soldiers to make calls eventually.

Photo Credits: 82nd Airborne Division

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