iWATCH program combats terrorism
July 22, 2010
FORT RILEY, Kan. - See something, say something - iWATCH, iReport, iKeep us safe - is the motto for the new iWATCH program, an Armywide initiative aimed at promoting heightened awareness and vigilance against terrorism.
The iWATCH program, which replaces the former Vigilant Citizens program, will be introduced during Antiterrorism Awareness Month in August.
The purpose of the program is to promote antiterrorism awareness across all commands and leverage every member of the Army community as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist acts.
The program also is designed to establish suspicious activity reporting procedures at the local level.
Reportable activities can include: Surveillance - recording or monitoring activities, taking pictures or making drawings; elicitation - suspicious or unknown persons asking you personal or mission specific questions; or testing security - an increase of "false alarms," or any attempts to measure reaction time from first responders, according to Brian Larson, antiterrorism officer for Fort Riley's Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.
"Terrorism is an enduring, persistent, worldwide threat to the armed forces," Larson said. "Fort Riley must sustain a strong defensive posture to prevent terrorist acts and protect the installation's critical assets - people, critical infrastructure and sensitive information."
In addition to the iWATCH program, Antiterrorism Awareness month will focus on four major themes: Antiterrorism training, education and awareness; suspicious activity reporting; antiterrorism roles and responsibilities for leaders and staff; and enhancing antiterrorism preparedness through emergency response planning.
Activities planned throughout the month include:
- Antiterrorism Awareness Level One briefing for Family members from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at Picerne Military Housing's Forsyth Neighborhood Center.
- Antiterrorism Awareness Level One annual briefing for Department of the Army civilians Aug. 4, at the Civilian Personal Advisory Center, Building 319, Main Post. Those who have not taken the online course at https://atlevel1.dtic.mil.at can attend the one-hour class at either 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
- Antiterrorism Awareness Month and iWATCH brief at the Family Readiness Group Muster at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13
- Antiterrorism and iWATCH display booth from 3 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13, at National Night Out.
- Antiterrorism Awareness Level One brief from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18, at the McClellan Place Neighborhood Center.
- An antiterrorism awareness and Ready Army display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24, at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Post Exchange on Trooper Drive.
Additionally, an iWATCH page, including a link to report suspicious activities, will be set up on the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley homepage by Aug. 1.
To report suspicious activities, call the Fort Riley Police Department at 785-239-MPMP (6767); Antiterrorism office at 785-239-6303 or 239-6044; the 902nd Military Intelligence Detachment at 785-239-2268; or 1-800-CALL-SPY (225-5779).