Kentucky wins Army-wide award for best OPSEC program

Jan. 24, 2012 | By kentuckyguard
Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos courtesy Kentucky Army National Guard J2 Directorate [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="An award-winning team: 1st Lt. Joshua Witt, Sgt. 1st Class Debra Faris, Sgt. 1st Class Sonny Carter and Col. Charlie Harris were recognized as running the second highest rated OPSEC program in the United States Army."]DSC_0326 FRANKFORT, Ky. – It’s official.  The Kentucky Army National Guard has boasting rights to a world class operational security program.  Don’t believe it?  Just ask the United States Army! Kentucky’s J2 directorate received second place in the 2011 United States Army Operations Security Award in the Organizational Achievement Award Category.  They came in just behind the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT), based at Peterson Air Force Base, Col. “We can accept that,” said Col. Charlie Harris, director of Kentucky’s J2 shop.  “We figure it’s probably good that the space and missile command has a top-rated security program, too.” [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Sgt. 1st Class Sonny Carter and Sgt. 1st Class Debra Faris check for the bits and pieces that could put military operations -- and lives -- at risk."]DSC_0364 Nominees came from every corner of the Army's security world, both overseas and in the continental United States, from the active duty, Army Reserve and National Guard. "Winning this award says a lot about the Kentucky Guard's commitment to operational security and the burden of responsibility that we all carry," said Harris.  "We're proud of the work we do here at the J2 shop, but it's not just us. Everyone in the chain of command, from our senior leadership down to our most junior private, has a stake in good security practices, and we couldn't do it without their support and compliance." [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption=""In the end is lives are at stake," says Sgt. 1st Class Debra Faris, J2 NOIC. "Like the old saying goes, loose lips sink ships.""]DSC_0375 Kentucky's OPSEC program was judged in several areas, including critical information list, red hash notes, an organizational inspection program, operational security integration into state training and missions, and training contractors. "In the end is lives are at stake," said Sgt. 1st Class Debra Faris, J2 NOIC. "Like the old saying goes, loose lips sink ships.  It just takes a little bit from here, a little bit there to complete the puzzle and that puts lives at risk." "The Kentucky Guard is it!" Faris said.  "I've been active duty, reserve and the Guard.  This award is just another affirmation of what we do best, and that's taking care of our Soldiers." This is the second year in a row that Kentucky has received the prestigious award.

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