The Navy says precautions are in place to protect 36 sailors whose names and addresses were posted appeared on an Islamic State group supporter's website this week, a revelation that provoked concern and outrage among military members and their families. should continue to observe existing operations and personal security guidelines, the director of Navy staff said Thursday. wrote in a message posted Thursday to the Navy's blog.

Investigators haven't found evidence of planning or imminent threats to the sailors named, mostly aviators, said according to Vice Adm. Scott Swift, the director of Navy staff. Should law enforcement or intelligence uncoverfind a credible threat, information will be passed along, he added.

Any sailors who are determined to be under threat will be notified, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty confirmed to Navy Times.

Those threats and any response or relocation will be handled by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she said.

For now, officials are advising sailors to stick to what they already know about existing operational security rules, which advise sailors to not share their addresses, ship movements or other personal information on public sites. and person PSEC.

"The guidance shared with Sailors in their sustained and cyclic training remains valid ... stay aware, stay vigilant and be prudent about the information you share," Swift wrote in the Thursday message, posted to the Navy's official website.

That includes tightening privacy settings on social media accounts, as well as not stating any military affiliation on public pages. Refraining from wearing military paraphernalia in public and removing stickers or decals from cars has also been suggested.

Still, many service members have a defiant attitude toward the threats, taking to social media to tell the extremists to give it their best shot.

Military members and their families "continue to show pride with a 'bring it' attitude towards anyone who wants to challenge America," Marine wife Kristine Schellhaas told Marine Corps Times. "I don't think IS is seeing success with their scare tactics overall in the military community."

Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.

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