BANGOR – Loose lips sink ships. With today’s technology that statement takes on a new, far-reaching meaning.
When called to the Middle East in response to last week’s drone strike on an Iranian general, the commander of the 82nd Airborne decided his paratroopers would leave their cellphones, laptops and gaming systems at home.
Maine National Guard leaders say soldiers who were sent overseas to Poland in April with the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion left with their phones.
Combat commanders make the decision about what those deploying can bring.
“Commanders, in general, have options available to them … to ensure troop safety and mission accomplishment,” Maj. Carl Lamb, Maine National Guard public affairs officer, said Thursday. “Operational security and force protection are two of a commander’s many priorities.”
Experts say, with geolocation and data collecting technology, people oftentimes can be easily located when they use their smartphones to connect to the internet or send texts.
Maine’s 286th is scheduled to return stateside in February.