Awareness about operations security, or OPSEC, for Department of Defense employees, military members, and others is critical to mission success. During August and Antiterrorism Awareness Month, DOD personnel are reminded to remember OPSEC. (U.S. Army Graphic Illustration)
Awareness about operations security, or OPSEC, for Department of Defense employees, military members, and others is critical to mission success. During August and Antiterrorism Awareness Month, DOD personnel are reminded to remember OPSEC. (U.S. Army Graphic Illustration) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Operations security, or OPSEC, training enables one to identify critical threats, protect information and strengthen antiterrorism measures.

“OPSEC is a pillar of the Army Protection Program, along with antiterrorism,” said Terry Koch, command security manager, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, or USAICoE.

OPSEC awareness protects information, mission-essential vulnerable areas, facilities, programs and systems. Koch volunteered to instruct OPSEC as a former security officer assigned to the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade. He has instructed Soldiers, civilians and contractors here twice a year since 2013.

“OPSEC measures can eliminate an adversaries’ ability to act,” he said.

“OPSEC training is for all civilians, military and contractors,” said Ann Moree, security manager, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “OPSEC training and AT Level I classes are conducted in-person for newcomers attending garrison Team Member Orientation.”

OPSEC training is unclassified but is sensitive information. Classes conducted here are helpful to learn what might cause harm.

“OPSEC Level II is an advanced course for media administrators, OPSEC officers and security managers,” Moree said.

The Security Management Office can arrange the OPSEC II course to accommodate special groups, such as Family Readiness Group members needing the mandatory certification to maintain a government media page on Facebook.

“OPSEC Level III is training OPSEC instructors,” she added.

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Fort Huachuca is home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command and more than 48 supported tenants representing a diverse, multiservice population. Our unique environment encompasses 964 square miles of restricted airspace and 2,500 square miles of protected electronic ranges, key components to the national defense mission.

Located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is an Army installation with a rich frontier history. Established in 1877, the Fort was declared a national landmark in 1976.

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