100 percent shred required for INFOSEC

100 percent shred required for INFOSEC
100 percent shred required for INFOSEC 

By 2nd Lt Jeffery Brown
4th Space Operations Squadron

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- When people think of security two 
things that typically come to mind are law enforcement and personal 
security. However, one piece of security that is often overlooked and 
seems so small, but could put lives in danger everyday is information 

Believe it or not, shredding can make a huge difference to safeguard 
unclassified and classified information. The seemingly useless document 
on one's desk could be a coveted bit of information to an adversary. To 
protect information everyone must shred all documents after use.

"Shredding helps to protect our information from falling into the wrong 
hands," said Capt. Michael Sontag, 50th Space Wing operational security 
manager. "Terrorist groups are more focused on getting unclassified 
information because it isn't illegal to gather. When you get many 
unclassified pieces together they sometimes begin to tell a classified 

Air Force Space Command instituted a mandatory 100 percent shred policy 
in March of this year. AFI 10-701 policy it states that; 100 percent 
shred policy. Whenever feasible, all unclassified paper products across 
AFSPC, except for newspapers and magazines, will be shredded prior to 
disposal or removal from the workplace for recycling, preventing our 
adversaries from exploiting the enormous amounts of crucial information 
we generate while accomplishing our various mission areas.

"Each unit should have two different types of classifications on their 
shredders. Each shredder should have marked on them only the highest 
class level acceptable for shredding in that particular machine," said 
Captain Sontag.

When there is an OPSEC incident within a squadron, members should 
contact their respective unit's OPSEC coordinator members. If the issue 
warrants higher level attention then members should contact the wing 
OPSEC manager. For more information on OPSEC or INFOSEC call Captain 
Sontag at 567-6601.

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