It’s that time again, preparing for the new school year! We will be holding our annual Back to School Round Up Event on 27 August 2016 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the PRIDE hangar.
There will be free backpacks and school supplies offered through the Operation Homefront Program, art activities from the Dahl art center (Pokémon art and a sidewalk chalk demonstration), a petting zoo/farm, a magician, face painting, photo booth, jumpy castles, rock wall, sensory tables/games, and many resource tables from various educational resources and universities in the area.
Please come out and bring the family for some fun. Prize drawings will be held at 2:45, must be present to win.
South Dakotans can get free legal advice from experienced lawyers when the South Dakota State Bar Association sponsors the annual Ask-A-Lawyer program May 5-7.
Each call is handled anonymously by experienced attorney volunteers. Last year Ask-A-Lawyer answered over 1,000 calls from East River to West River South Dakota, ranging from family issues to contracts, wills, real estate, and more.
The calls are not intended to be an in-depth analysis of the caller’s legal concerns, but to answer general legal questions and, if appropriate, refer the caller to specific lawyer referral services or a government agency.
Attorney volunteers will answer calls May 5-7 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT and 7-10 p.m. CDT. They will answer calls at locations in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, but can be reached by residents anywhere in the state. West River residents may call toll free 1-877-229-2214. East River residents may call toll-free 1-877-229-2213.
Many of you may have seen news stories this past weekend of a list containing the names, addresses, and photos of 100 current U.S. service members.
The list was compiled with the respective addresses and photos based off of information obtained through social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
In light of these events it is highly recommended you review your current online footprint, particularly in regard to social media sites. Furthermore, have a conversation with your families about Operational Security (OPSEC) and how we all need to be careful about what we post online. There are real threats out there, and it is important that we do what we can do to mitigate our exposure.
Here some easy steps you can take to help ensure your security online:
- Understand your privacy settings. Go look at the current privacy settings you have established on the social media sites you use and remember that the safest setting for any site is “only friends”. In our resource section below are smart cards for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
- Don’t friend people you don’t know. It sounds simple but think about how many people you may be friends with online that you don’t really know. If you don’t know them, then why are you linked in with them?
- Limit the use of applications. Applications can be a great help, but they can also be a liability. For example, a past study revealed that many of Facebook’s most popular applications were transmitting personal user information to outside servers.
- Protect your location. It is important that you do not “check in” and let the world know where you are, particularly at home, your friends’ houses, or at work.
- Don’t overshare. The internet doesn’t forget anything – and nothing really gets deleted – so be careful about what you share. It is much easier to just not share something than it is to get that information back once it has been broadcasted in cyberspace.
As always, force protection is a primary concern. It is important that we all remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to base security forces, Air Force OSI, or the local police.