By Mike Primm (Command Antiterrorism Officer)June 11, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The senior leaders of the U.S. Army have proclaimed August as the Army's Antiterrorism Awareness Month.
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has an inherent responsibility to protect its Soldiers and civilian workforce, as well as the families at local installations, mission locations, and within local communities.
The overall intent is to instill and sustain command-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the command's work force in all global locations and critical resources from acts of terrorism. Every member of the command should be leveraged as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist acts.
The key to this implementation is educating all personnel of the indicators of terrorist planning and the procedures to report these suspicious activities through local provost marshal offices. The Army AT Awareness Month will be executed with the greatest degree of latitude delegated to commanders at the lowest levels.
The following themes have been developed for Antiterrorism Awareness Month and are intended to help focus and guide commanders and managers on high pay off tasks that directly support the Army's Antiterrorism Program:
1. Recognize and report suspicious activities - including implementation of Army iWATCH and eGuardian threat reporting;
2. Antiterrorism exercises; and
3. Antiterrorism measures in contracting.
Antiterrorism products are available online at the Army Antiterrorism Enterprise portal on the Army Knowledge Online website at https://west.esps.disa.mil/army/sites/APP/OPMG/OPS/antiterror/ATEP/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx. Products include proclamation letter for Antiterrorism Awareness month, strategic talking points, AT Level I briefings, lesson learned vignettes, active shooter response information, posters, brochures, and public service announcements. They can be tailored by adding contact information for the Army's iWATCH program.
For more information, contact the Force Protection Office (719) 554-2192 in Colorado Springs, Colo., or (256) 955-2141 in Huntsville, Ala.