Antiterrorism awareness matters every day

By Carly P. Garrett, CECOM G35 Force Protection CellAugust 3, 2023

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Terrorism continues to pose a continuous and evolving threat to Army readiness. The Army workforce must understand the potential impact such threats could have on CECOM’s sustainment mission. To help raise awareness, the Department of the Army designates August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month. The focus for the 2023 ATAM includes recognizing and reporting suspicious activities and taking preventive measures against terrorist activities. Emphasis is placed on domestic terrorism, insider threat, operations security, active shooter, and the iWATCH Army program.

During August, the CECOM G3/5 Protection Team is implementing various ATAM activities and campaigns throughout CECOM’s offices. Personnel may have noticed ATAM awareness materials in different formats throughout CECOM. On Aug. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m., an AT Stand-down for Soldiers and civilian employees will be held in the Mallette Training Facility and on MS Teams. The AT Stand-down will satisfy Level 1 AT Awareness Training requirements.

The AT Stand-down will provide AT and OPSEC awareness in addition to active shooter training. While we hope such training is never needed, it is crucial to be prepared in case such an unfortunate event occurs. Being well-informed and trained increases our ability to respond effectively and protect ourselves in such an event.

It is important to remember that AT efforts should be a year-round commitment. An aware and informed community is essential in recognizing and reporting suspicious activities, which can ultimately help detect, deter, and prevent a terrorist attack. By continuously participating in AT awareness efforts, our community becomes one of the most powerful tools in the fight against terrorism.