By Mary Staab, Chief, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security
Every well-functioning organization has as its center an operating activity focused on coordinating and/or understanding all the work needed to ensure efficient and effective operations.
Fort Meade garrison is no different. That mission for Fort Meade is exercised by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. DPTMS is involved in almost everything that takes place on Fort Meade that the garrison supports.
DPTMS is Fort George G. Meade’s G-2/3/5/7 (intelligence/operations/civil-military operations/training) organization.
Our most significant super power is bringing staff and partner organizations together for accomplishing whatever the task at hand might be. We are small in numbers relative to what we are responsible to accomplish. Our small, people-numbers size necessitates flexibility and cross-leveling between functions.
We balance mission and program support and how they are frequently intertwined and coordinated. On a daily basis, we receive, analyze and distribute tasks for action and track the completion of all operations orders received from our higher headquarters.
We routinely author task orders for the assortment of requirements — scheduled events and ongoing missions for which the garrison has primary responsibility. We run facilities such as McGill Training Center, the Fort Meade Museum, the Visual Information Office and the Training Support Center, and maintain the services offered through those facilities.
DPTMS staffers are responsible for executing daily base operations missions, making and testing plans for contingencies, and responding to real-world events.
One of the most important recurring tasks is the management of the installation calendar. Each month has established themes and the corresponding events that celebrate or focus on the reason for the monthly branding.
We are in the month of August — the Army’s Antiterrorism Awareness Month. DPTMS authors and champions the Installation Antiterrorism Program, but each and every one of us is responsible for whether or not the program is viable.
From the units that craft their plans to correlate with the garrison’s plan to the individuals on post who are the eyes and ears of the community, the plan is only as good as those who are keeping an eye out for what belongs where and reporting what is out of place.
It is only through the people who live, work and visit Fort Meade and their vigilance that installation safety and security are ensured.
I recently met someone at a social event who asked about what I do. We chatted about Fort Meade and the variety of things DPTMS supports. Surprisingly, the individual I was talking to mentioned seeing something out of place.
At this point, it is second nature that I questioned what he did. He responded that there were lots of other people who, just like him, had driven by what should have raised alarm, and that he expected that they reported it.
My response — and what is and should be ingrained — is that if you see something, say something. Don’t ever assume someone else is going to take action. Always do your part. It is far better for multiple calls to be received than for something to happen as a result of no one calling.
Be engaged, be aware of your surroundings, and always take the time to say something if you see something.