Below, please find answers to questions about:
- GENERAL INFORMATION
- CONTENT PLACEMENT REQUESTS
- COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONTACT REQUESTS
- CONTACTING A SERVICEMEMBER/GOVERNMENT AGENCY
- PHOTO REQUESTS AND PERMISSION TO USE CONTENT
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THE TENSION is an independently and privately produced current events blog covering military and national defense news. The site has no affiliation with and is not funded by the U.S. government, the military, any political organization nor commercial interest. I am not a member of the armed forces nor am I employed by the U.S. government.
CONTENT PLACEMENT REQUESTS
I sometimes receive requests to publish commercial or charitable content or to highlight topics of interest. I will consider your request if you fully detail your proposal, including copy and artwork, in e-mail with CONTENT PLACEMENT REQUEST in the subject line to: email@example.com
COMMENTS, QUESTIONS & CONTACT REQUESTS
In an effort to encourage timely participation and prevent comment spam, I restrict on-site comments for articles over a week old.
I often receive messages with comments, questions or tips; I sometimes receive questions from members of the press. In the past I have taken much time and great effort to respond thoughtfully to reader questions and comments. However, after repeated instances of failing to receive even an acknowledgement of my responses, I have decided to reevaluate the practice. I will only consider responding to your comments or questions if you fully detail the nature of your inquiry in e-mail with COMMENT REQUEST in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I sometimes receive requests to call by telephone. You should not expect me to contact you by telephone. I enjoy my privacy and wish to remain doing so. My interest in publishing this blog is solely as a part-time pastime. If you enjoy the blog, thanks for reading. The best way to show your appreciation is by making purchases through affiliate advertisers or by clicking through Google ads located on the sidebar. I will, however, consider your request if you fully detail the nature of your inquiry in e-mail with CONTACT REQUEST in the subject line to: email@example.com
CONTACTING A SERVICEMEMBER/GOVERNMENT AGENCY
I receive many requests from individuals who wish to send e-mail, a holiday greeting or a care package to a particular servicemember. I sometimes receive requests for various defense agencies' contact information.
I cannot provide e-mail address and/or contact information nor forward messages for servicemembers or agencies.
The U.S. Armed Forces News Service (USAFNS) has provided an "E-mail Our Troops!" Web page with information that should help with your servicemember contact request. Please visit the following URL: http://www.usafns.com/email.shtml
When you visit the page, be sure to scroll down to read the details, instructions and guidelines.
To contact the U.S. Department of Defense and related agencies, please visit the following URL:
For information regarding prisoners of war and missing servicemembers, please visit the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) at the following URL:
PERMISSION AND IMAGERY REQUESTS
THE TENSION is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Except where otherwise noted (see below), content is free to reference and link with attribution.
I source much of the blog's content and imagery directly from U.S. Department of Defense and related digital media distribution channels. With few exceptions, textual and digital media content on the blog has been provided in the public domain for press and non-commercial use. For a particular story or photo, I cannot provide information or attribution other than what has been published, nor can I grant permission to use, reproduce or incorporate primary sourced content or imagery.
I often receive requests for copies of photos and multimedia content posted on the blog. In the past I have taken much time and great effort to fulfill these requests. However, after several instances of failing to receive even a reply acknowledging receipt of a request, I have decided to suspend the practice. I will not fulfill requests for imagery or multimedia content, nor will I provide information or attribution other than what has been published.
The U.S. Defense Department responds to press and commercial media requests and queries through the Press Operations Center located at the Pentagon: Phone: (703) 697-5131
Visit the DoD press resources Web page at the following URL: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/press-media.html
Newswire imagery appearing in some blog posts represents a 'fair use' of copyrighted content. In many cases, these types of images are thumbnails linked to newsphoto sources on the Web. The link may or may not be intact. For a particular newsphoto, I cannot provide information or attribution other than captioned, nor can I grant permission to use the imagery.
Readers can help support the blog by making purchases through affiliate advertisers or by simply clicking through Google ads located on the sidebar.
At this time, the blog runs no prepaid commercial or political advertising. However, advertisers are welcome to inquire. If you would like to place an advertisement or promote a media product on the blog, please e-mail your request and payment details with ADVERTISING REQUEST in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to discuss something other than what I already covered above, I will consider your request if you fully detail the nature of your inquiry in e-mail with IMPORTANT REQUEST in the subject line to: email@example.com
Because the blog's general mailbox processes a high volume of junk mail along with blog comments, it is sometimes difficult to sort legitimate e-mail from spam. I apologize that I will not always send a personal reply.