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Today's Focus:

iWATCH ARMY

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Simply taking a few percent off the top of everything on a one-time basis will not do. These savings must stem from root-and-branch changes that can be sustained and added to over time. What is required going forward is not more study, nor do we need more legislation. It is not a great mystery what needs to change. What it takes is the political will and willingness, as Eisenhower possessed, to make hard choices - choices that will displease powerful people both inside the Pentagon and out."

- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, speaking about cutting down duplicative overhead, bloat and needless spending in the Defense Department

Gates calls for significant cuts in defense overhead

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I will remember my first step into Red Square and knowing that I am one of the first 75 Americans taking that first step. This is the first time that Americans get to step on Russian soil for a Victory Day parade. This event may help us bond together with better understanding between our two peoples."

-Spc. Robert Ervin, part of the 75-Soldier, first active-duty U.S. Army unit which carried the American flag and represented the United States, to march in Russia's commemoration of the end of World War II.

U.S. Army Europe Soldiers marching into history in Moscow

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

May 2010

Mental Health Month

Asian Pacific Heritage Month : See Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Army Web sitec

May 7: Military Spouse Day

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

iWATCH ARMY

What is it?

iWATCH ARMY is a modern version of neighborhood watch focused on the threat of terrorist activity. iWATCH ARMY is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourage reporting of suspicious behavior or activity to Military Police or local law enforcement agencies for investigation. The Headquarters Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG,) is leading this effort. OPMG's Antiterrorism Branch has developed the iWATCH ARMY initiative and media awareness products (including posters, brochures, websites, and public service announcements) to educate the Army community.

Why is it important to the Army?

When informed about the indicators of terrorist activity and empowered to help protect our communities against terrorism, the entire Army-community (Soldiers, DA civilians, family members and contractors) become an extension of our overall protection. The information reported by members of the Army community (both on and off military installations) may reveal a piece of a puzzle, which leads authorities to thwart a terrorist plot.

What is the Army doing?

On April 15, 2010, the Provost Marshal General and Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, directed the Army-wide implementation of iWATCH ARMY. Army commands have until 1 August 2010 to implement the initiative within their organizations and communities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

As antiterrorism awareness and iWATCH ARMY products and tools are developed to support Army units and communities, they are posted and available for download from Army Knowledge Online -- Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP). iWATCH ARMY products should be distributed throughout the Army community.

On Feb. 16, 2010, the Department of the Army announced intentions to conduct antiterrorism training, education and awareness throughout the month of August 2010. The purpose of AT Awareness Month is to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect Army critical resources from acts of terrorism. In support of AT Awareness Month and iWATCH ARMY implementation, the OPMG has coordinated for distribution of AT awareness and iWATCH ARMY products down to the installation, stand-alone facility, and unit levels. The products will be distributed during the month of July in preparation for AT Awareness Month.

Implementation of a revised terrorist threat reporting system known as "eGuardian" and the development of an Antiterrorism Field Manual (FM 3-07.2) continue.

Resources:

Requires site registration: Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal

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