By Sgt. Kevin Frazier, IMCOMAugust 22, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea (Aug. 22, 2012) -- The Department of the Army has designated August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month, which provides Army-sponsored programs that are designed to enhance awareness to prevent and protect service members, families, and civilians from acts of terrorism. This is done by embedding anti-terrorism concepts through training, education, and key leadership emphasis.
As part of AT Awareness Month, the 65th Medical Brigade, Yongsan, conducted Random Antiterrorism Measures training at Lombardo Field, Aug. 2. The training consisted of vehicle search procedures to help the service members readiness in recognizing indicators of suspicious activities that could be potential threats on acts of terrorism.
"It's important that every Soldier know how to take the necessary measures to deter against a terrorist attacks targeted against their installation regardless of their [military occupational; specialty]," said Sgt. 1st Class Dale Edward McKee, Eighth Army Antiterrorism noncommissioned officer. "Terrorists don't take a day off, so every Soldier should be trained on preventing attacks."
AT Awareness month is important to raise community to situational awareness to your surroundings.
"It's our responsibility to report any suspicious activity and a good way of doing so is by following the Army's motto of AT: 'See Something. Say Something,'" said Robert J. Daul, anti-terrorism officer for USAG Yongsan.
During the months of July and September the Garrison conducts AT Awareness training that is open to the community, provides displays and informational packets for the community read, and assembles display booths at various community events with an AT Officer there to answer questions.
The next community event is scheduled for Sept. 8 and the next training will be conducted at the movie theater on Sept. 11. Also, to assist the community awareness the training will be conducted in Korean and English to include TARP (Threat Awareness Reporting Program) training in conjunction with Seoul Military Intelligence Detachment.
"It's amazing to see these service memembers that are used to working at the hospital or a Troop Medical Center increase their readiness against antiterrorism," McKee said. "Without being properly trained and knowing how to respond to acts of terrorist, they can hurt themselves, families, and friends.
You can learn more about AT awareness by going to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Official webpage at https://yongsan.korea.army.mil. These sites provide posters, video clips, and information to help educate the importance of recognizing and reporting suspicious activity that may be associated with anti-terrorism acts.