VICENZA, Italy – Antiterrorism is a mission that the garrison takes seriously each day, but in August they make sure the community know just how serious it is.
When going through day-to-day routines, antiterrorism might not be first thing on our minds, but it’s something we should be aware of, said Col. Matthew Gomlak, Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Italy.
“Not many people know that the garrison hires antiterrorism professionals who conduct analysis, surveys, and make specific recommendations to units, organizations, individuals, and our community on different things they can do to keep themselves safe in case of a terrorist event,” Gomlak said.
Things that should trigger situational awareness – a random package, unattended bag, a person asking strange questions, a vehicle parked in an odd location – should be reported, said Dave Perkins, an anti-terrorism expert for U.S. Army Garrison Italy.
“When we pay attention and ensure security measures are complied with, we make it harder for the enemy to conduct their operations,” Perkins said.
When traveling remain on guard. Stay up-to-date on travel advisories and alerts. Be aware of our behavior and clothing that sets you apart from the local people. Make sure someone back at home or in your unit knows where your travel plans.
These are some ideas Perkins and his colleagues shared recently on garrison social media platforms. It’s short and simple, Perkin said, “If you see something, say something.”
Pfc. Vu Tran, a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade thinks he and fellow Soldiers should consider antiterrorism all the time
“Anti-terrorism should not be limited to a month, it should be 365 days a year,” Tran said.