Base officials: New Air Force media rules won’t affect MacDill transparency

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TAMPA ‘ New restrictions on media engagement shouldn’t impact the flow of public information from MacDill Air Force Base, officials say. “We don’t anticipate any change in transparency,” said Air Force Capt.

Base officials: New Air Force media rules won’t affect MacDill transparency
Mar 14th, 2018 11:05 UTC ‘

Base officials: New Air Force media rules won’t affect MacDill transparency

TAMPA ‘ New restrictions on media engagement shouldn’t impact the flow of public information from MacDill Air Force Base, officials say.

“We don’t anticipate any change in transparency,” said Air Force Capt. Jessica Brown, chief spokeswoman for the 6th Air Mobility Wing, the base’s host unit.

Earlier this month, the Air Force issued new rules imposing limits on how and when public affairs officials can talk to the media. The memo, first reported by Defense News, comes amid concerns over competitors like China and Russia finding out what the U.S. military is doing.

“As we engage the public, we must avoid giving insights to our adversaries which could erode our military advantage,” the memo said.

MacDill is home to two Air Force wings, two major military commands, dozens of other units and pumps billions into the local economy. With nearly 20,000 employees and residents, the base is a vital part of the community. Restricting the flow of information has raised concerns from at least one organization representing journalists.


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