I want to be very clear: Hazing is simply intolerable. It undermines our values, tarnishes our profession and erodes the trust that bonds us.
- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a message on his Facebook site and Twitter, after the Army brought charges this week against eight Soldiers allegedly involved in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen.
Dempsey: Hazing, bullying 'intolerable' in military
Impressions of a small group of Soldiers, from the North Carolina Army National Guard's 1452nd Transportation Company, who were part of the final convoy to leave Iraq- closing the gate on a conflict that has lasted almost nine years.
It was just surreal. I was actually on the very last mission out of Iraq. - Sgt. Alan DuBois
Being on the last convoy was important to me because it means that we made sure that all of our brothers and sisters in uniform made it safely back home. - Sgt. 1st Class Antuane L. Simmons
When we reached K-Crossing [the Khabari Al Awazem Crossing], it wasn't a transition point. It was now the site for a conclusion. - Pfc. Jordan Miller
My first deployment in Iraq was scary, but I loved serving my country. I'm happy to be one of the ones closing Iraq. It's definitely an accomplishment for me. - Sgt. Schjuana Suggs
I'm so proud to have been a part of this historic crossing. -Sgt. Daniel SaintSing
N.C. Guard Soldiers cross into military history
Antiterrorism Theme - Suspicious Activity Reporting
What is it?
The Army antiterrorism theme for the second quarter, fiscal year 2012 (2Q/FY12) -- Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) - promotes Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the Army community and critical resources from acts of terrorism.
Why is it important to the Army?
Terrorism is an enduring, persistent, worldwide threat to our nation and our forces. Army forces (including installations, stand alone facilities and operational units) must be capable of deterring, preventing, and defending against the full range of terrorist tactics.
What is the Army doing?
As part of the continued emphasis on SAR, a priority for the Office of the Provost Marshal General and the Criminal Investigation Command is to operationalize eGuardian as an effective threat reporting system. In accordance with Department of Defense Instruction 2000.26, Suspicious Activity Reporting (Nov. 1, 2011), the eGuardian system is the authorized DOD law enforcement SAR system. eGuardian collects suspicious activity threat information that has a potential link to terrorism and shares the information with other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Threat information within eGuardian is also useful to commanders responsible for the protection of Army installations, units, and stand alone facilities and can help inform their decisions about random antiterrorism measures and force protection condition levels.
Areas to focus on to support the upcoming theme include: expanding the outreach for iWATCH Army as a community watch program, educating the entire Army community on the indicators of suspicious activity and how to report, and educating commanders and staffs on the use of eGuardian suspicious activity information.
A variety of antiterrorism awareness products and tools to support the theme is available on the Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (see link below). Examples include iWATCH Army brochure and poster series, iSALUTE (Army counterintelligence reporting program) brochure and poster, SAR and insider threat posters, tips for commanders, individual protective measures pocket card, and terrorist attack vignettes (series). New products developed to support the 2Q/FY12 theme include:
&bull eGuardian information and users guide
&bull eGuardian information poster
&bull eGuardian SAR categories pocket card
&bull iWATCH Army SAR poster
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
&bull The 3Q/FY12 antiterrorism theme will focus on antiterrorism measures in contracting.
&bull The Army Worldwide Antiterrorism Conference is scheduled for Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, 2012.
Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal and iWATCH Army
STAND-TO!: iWATCH Army
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