By Michael L. HebblethwaiteAugust 16, 2011
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The senior leadership of the Army has proclaimed August 2011 as the Army's Antiterrorism (AT) Awareness Month. This is of special significance as we approach the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon and with the recent killing of Osama bin Laden. Enhancing our Soldiers, civilians, and Family Members' understanding of the nature of terrorism and the potential for retaliatory terrorist attacks on army installations, stand-alone facilities and units is critical to our defense.
An essential part of the USARPAC AT Strategic Plan is to instill a level of awareness in every member of the USARPAC community that each member serves as a part of a protective shield. By building a strong understanding of the threats, we teach our communities how to become less vulnerable to exploitation. Therefore, Soldiers at all levels of command, Family Members and Army civilians are all a part of the solution.
This year's Army AT Awareness Month will embrace AT doctrinal principles and processes across the force (FM 3-37.2); increase resiliency in our Soldiers and Families by understanding the risk and response to insider threats; and reinforce coordination and mutual support between military and civilian/host nation emergency response agencies (police, fire, medical emergency). The following themes were developed to help focus and guide commanders on high pay off tasks that directly support the Army's AT program: Recognizing and reporting suspicious activity and indicators of high risk behavior; Active shooter response procedures; Application of AT doctrinal principles; and Integrating AT into the operations process.
I strongly believe that ensuring protection from terrorist acts is only successful by integrating AT principles with constant AT awareness into all of our activities and missions. Consequently, I encourage all of you, including Family Members and civilian employees, to be ever vigilant
"IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING"
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