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Europe-based Family Readiness Groups have been told to move their Web sites to more secure, official Web sites, such as Army Knowledge Online and a special Army Web site dedicated to the groups.

The new policy, announced this month, aims to provide better information and operational security for the family-support groups.

According to the policy letter, anyone posting on the group’s Web sites must inform unit public affairs personnel before doing so.

Nicole Stickney, the family readiness program manager for U.S. Army Europe, said the plan, which she helped author, is simply another step in USAREUR’s continuing push to make information more secure.

She said she had heard no criticism of the policy from members of any group.

“I don’t anticipate any opposition to this,” she said. “I think everyone is going to see that we have the best intention in mind for our families.

“This just reinforces the direction we were already going in.”

Officials said the move will make the sites safer and more open to those who need the information.

“Family readiness group Web sites provide a place for families to find support and assistance online,” USAREUR commander Gen. David D. McKiernan said in a prepared statement.

“These Web sites not only provide a means for families to communicate with the chain of command, they provide access to Army resources and offer a better understanding of military life for both immediate and extended family members.”

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