Antiterrorism Awareness Month: Be aware of dangers

By Office of the Provost Marshal, Department of the Army

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month in the Army.

This is the Army’s eighth annual observance of this call to action for Soldiers, Army civilians, retirees and family members. The intent is for them to be aware of the dangers posed by terrorism and to be prepared to help combat terrorism.

As the online radicalization and mobilization to violence continues to be on the rise, vigilance and awareness remain critical to countering threats.

Army antiterrorism initiatives address the ability to counter an increase and advancement of terrorist tactics as well as combat violent extremism.

Army communities are expanding information sharing through partnerships with state, local, tribal federal, and international law enforcement and security agencies. Prevention is a cornerstone of the Army’s antiterrorism strategy.

In support of an active antiterrorism awareness campaign, the Office of the Provost Marshal General works continuously with subordinate commands, installations, standalone facilities and operational units to focus on:

  • Recognizing and reporting suspicious activity (including iWATCH Army and iSALUTE)
  • Understanding the threat associated with violent extremism
  • Educating the community on the ownership and use of unmanned aerial systems as well as the risks from adversarial use

To commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the OPMG Antiterrorism Division is establishing an antiterrorism information booth in the Pentagon from Aug. 8-10 to share information with the Army staff, as well as other Pentagon employees.

Army commands and installations are encouraged to conduct similar community outreach efforts to spread the message about the threat we face and protective measures.

Fort Meade officials say outreach efforts include the installation’s annual participation in National Night Out and increased activities in community policing, along with a continual focus on personal and collective antiterrorism efforts.

The antiterrorism community is constantly working on initiatives, threat awareness and community outreach to sustain vigilance and prevent terrorist attacks.

Antiterrorism awareness quarterly themes are approved for planning purposes. The Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal provides a wide range of information and products to support implementation of these themes across the Army:

  • Empowering Antiterrorism Coordinators (1Q/FY18)
  • The Continual Evolving Threat (2Q/FY18)
  • Leveraging the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point (3Q/FY18)
  • Expanding Community Outreach (4Q/FY18)

Terrorism is a persistent threat to the Army. Army communities must be ready to defend against the full range of terrorist tactics.

The safety of Army personnel, civilians and families is of the highest concern both in the field and in civilian life.

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