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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Heard a rumor about deployments? Concerned about what happened in a base fire?

There’s a new 24-hour “rumor-control” phone line that base residents can call to get the straight scoop from official sources.

The 35th Fighter Wing public affairs office activated the “Straight Talk Line” about a week ago to assist its staff with spreading the word in the event of an emergency, disturbance, incident or crisis on base, according to Capt. Teresa Sullivan, a base spokeswoman.

No one particular rumor or event prompted the phone line’s creation, Sullivan said.

The number — DSN 226-RUMR (7867) — hasn’t yet been used to address any situation, yet, she added. But in the future, a message might be posted on the hotline if the base was tasked with a short-notice deployment, or in the event of a widespread power outage or a missing person case, Sullivan said, citing some hypothetical examples.

Activating the hotline will be at the discretion of the 35th Fighter Wing commander, Sullivan said. When directed public affairs staffers will research a specific subject and record a message with the most accurate information available. At all other times, callers will hear a general recording. Base residents will be notified of a current message via the Commander’s Access Channel, Channel 13 and EDGE Radio 1575 AM.

The hotline is a one-way communication tool and isn’t intended for people to leave messages, Sullivan said. But if someone has a question that’s not answered or a rumor that’s not addressed on the hotline, they can call the commander’s action line at DSN 226-3700. Comments left there go to the wing commander for him to respond to by phone, e-mail or on the base’s Internet home page at:

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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