August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month – vigilance is a year-round commitment

By Lena Hartmayer, Fort Leonard Wood Plans and Operations specialistAugust 21, 2023

John Seman, Assistant Installation Antiterrorism officer, and Lena Hartmayer, Plans and Operations specialist, speak with Commissary shoppers Aug. 11 as part of an outreach event to help recognize Antiterrorism Awareness Month. One of the key messages of the Army wide campaign is that everyone plays a role in protecting their community from acts of terrorism.
John Seman, Assistant Installation Antiterrorism officer, and Lena Hartmayer, Plans and Operations specialist, speak with Commissary shoppers Aug. 11 as part of an outreach event to help recognize Antiterrorism Awareness Month. One of the key messages of the Army wide campaign is that everyone plays a role in protecting their community from acts of terrorism. (Photo Credit: Photo by Angi Betran, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — As we continue full speed through August and the Army wide Antiterrorism Awareness Month campaign, it is important to remember vigilance must continue year-round. Protecting our communities from acts of terrorism begins with you.

We cannot become complacent and lower our guard. Approximately 80 percent of terrorist acts could have been thwarted if key individuals had recognized the signs and reported them.

The Army iWatch program exists exactly for this reason. It is a safe and secure platform for our community to report all suspicious individuals and activities.

When reporting something or someone suspicious, there are key details to remember. Know the time, date and location the suspicious person or activity took place; this is the starting point of any investigation. Explain what you witnessed and provide the best description you possibly can of who was involved. This includes details, such as gender, height, build, hair color, skin color and approximate age.

The Force Protection team would rather you make several reports that result in nothing, than not report a suspicious person or activity and have it result in harm to the community.

Antiterrorism is everyone’s duty to uphold — remain vigilant and remember: if it doesn’t seem right, report it.