Antiterrorism Awareness Month and iWATCH ARMY Implementation
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
Senior leaders speaking about the Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report
"The dedicated effort behind this report sends a clear message to our force that we take the resiliency of our Soldiers and families very seriously. This effort is part of our culture to look closely at ourselves, and to make continuous improvements in our capability – but most importantly, to reduce the number of Soldiers we lose to suicide."
- Secretary of the Army John McHugh
"This comprehensive review exposes gaps in how we identify, engage, and mitigate high-risk behavior among our Soldiers. After nearly a decade of war we must keep pace with the expanding needs of our strained Army, and continuously identify and address the gaps that exist in our policies, programs and services."
- Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"I was involved in Scouting. And it's a great opportunity to work with people. The kids get to see the Army is not just about war fighting. They get to see the Army is huge and does a lot of things. And the correlation between the Boy Scouts and the Army is great -- a lot of the basic traits the Boy Scouts learn is basic Soldiering skills in some areas: woodsman, courtesy, respect, citizenship -- and even music."
- Sgt. 1st Class Tony Abatecola, with the Rhode Island National Guard's 88th Army Band, whose unit is supporting the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree as the Boy Scouts of America celebrates their 100th anniversary
Soldiers mentor Scouts at 2010 National Scouts Jamboree
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
July 27: 57 th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement
July 27: Army Medicine Birthday
Anti Terrorism Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
Aug 26: Women's Equality Day
Aug 31: End of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Transition to Stability Operations
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
Antiterrorism Awareness Month and iWATCH ARMY Implementation
What is it?
The Army's antiterrorism (AT) program protects personnel, information, property, and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorism. To prepare for long-term AT success we must embed AT awareness, training, leader development, and education across the force. That level of awareness and vigilance is our most certain defense against terrorist attack.
Why is it important to the Army?
When aware of the indicators of terrorist activity and empowered to help protect our communities against terrorism, the entire Army-community acts as "sensors" and becomes an extension of our overall protection. The information reported by members of the Army community may reveal a piece of a puzzle which leads authorities to thwart a terrorist plot.
What is the Army doing?
Two of the Army's most significant AT initiatives for 2010 include an AT Awareness Month in August 2010 and implementation of iWATCH ARMY effective Aug. 1, 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.
iWATCH ARMY is a nation-wide modern version of the neighborhood watch program 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.
In support of these initiatives, the Department of the Army's Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) developed products and tools to support the field. These products are available on the OPMG Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP) on AKO Web site and select products were distributed down to the installation, stand-alone facility, and unit levels.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The OPMG (AT Branch) will establish an AT information booth in the Pentagon from Aug. 2-4, 2010, as part of AT Awareness Month. Other efforts include:
• Distribution of additional iWATCH ARMY awareness products
• Production of a new iWATCH ARMY public service announcement
• Creation of a new iWATCH ARMY website
• Publication of an Antiterrorism Field Manual (FM 3-07.2)
• Implementation of a revised terrorist threat reporting system -- "eGuardian"
• Publication of the Unit Antiterrorism Officer Handbook
Requires site registration OPMG Army ATEP Web site
STAND-TO! edition; Aug 21, 2009: Anti-Terrorism Awareness
STAND-TO! edition; May 10, 2010: iWATCH ARMY
Related articles: Be on lookout with iWATCH
iWatch promotes community awareness
ABOUT THE ARMY
- Army releases report on suicide, high-risk behavior (The U.S. Army)
- Pentagon report places blame for suicides (New York Times)
- Army suicides linked to risky behavior, lax discipline (USA Today)
- Soldiers' suicide rate tied to access to problems at home (Wall Street Journal)
- Army private transferred to Virginia amid WikiLeaks probe (CNN)
- Army eyes expanding gaming efforts in training (Army Times)
- Army Chaplain Corps still rolling along after 235 years (The U.S. Army)
- Biden says no plans to nation-build in Afghanistan (Yahoo)
- Strategy: Fight hard but be a good guest (USA Today)
- Taliban exploit openings in neglected province (New York Times)
- 3 U.S. troops die in deadliest month of Afghan war (USA Today)
- Afghan women and the return of the Taliban (Time)
- Pakistan general balances all sides of conflict (Washington Post)
- Obama signs $60 billion Afghanistan war spending legislation (Bloomberg)
- Panel suggests changes in long-term defense planning (The U.S. Army)
- Gates assails WikiLeaks over release of reports (New York Times)
- Only 20 percent of eligible vets received retroactive stop-loss pay (Stars and Stripes)
- Computer evidence ties leaks to Soldier (Wall Street Journal)
- As many as 6, 600 Arlington graves mixed up (New York Times)
- Gates says Pentagon to help death-benefits inquiry (San Francisco Chronicle)
- July is deadliest month of Afghanistan war for U.S. (BBC)
- North Korea U.N. talks go ahead after U.S. military drill (BBC)
- Opinion: It's no secret what Pakistan's been doing with the Taliban (The Guardian)
- Pakistanis 'less wary' of Taliban (Al Jazeera)
- Video: Endgame in Afghanistan: 'It's taken a year to move 20km' (The Guardian)
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