Antiterrorism Awareness Message
August 6, 2012
August marks the Army's third annual observance of Antiterrorism Awareness Month. Antiterrorism awareness is a critical aspect of our profession, both on and off duty, because the threat of terrorist attack against our Nation and our Army is real and ever-present.
Effective antiterrorism measures integrate a multitude of security programs - law enforcement, physical security and operational security - to ensure the continued protection of our installations, standalone facilities and expeditionary forces. The continued protection of our facilities and our people requires the eternal vigilance of every member of our Army Family and the successful integration of the Antiterrorism Principles - Assess, Detect, Warn, Defend and Recover. This year's Antiterrorism Awareness Month will focus on enhancing community awareness by both leveraging the command information program to educate our Army Family on the dangers associated with terrorism and highlighting the iWATCH Army program, which helps us recognize and report suspicious activity.
We encourage all commands to conduct training or sponsor events that emphasize the importance of the community in the protection of our Army. Leaders should promote antiterrorism principles and the significant role Soldiers, Civilians and Families play in our own safety. Together, we will safeguard our installations, facilities and - most importantly - the people who continue to answer our Nation's call to service. Army Strong!
Raymond F. Chandler,
Sergeant Major of the Army
Raymond T. Odierno,
General, United States Army Chief of Staff
John M. McHugh,
Secretary of the Army