By George E. Roper
USAG Antiterrorism Officer
It's "Antiterrorism Awareness Month" for the United States Army and you may be asking yourself what that means for people who work at Fort Detrick, Forest Glen, and the rest of our community. It means installation and unit Antiterrorism Officers will be preparing you for long-term success to guard against possible terrorist attacks against our soldiers, civilians, family members, and installations.
We use this month to instill heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect Army critical resources from acts of terrorism. The Army's antiterrorism program protects personnel, information, property, and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorist activities.
To prepare for long-term success the Army must embed AT awareness, training, leader development, and education across the force. That level of awareness and vigilance is our most certain defense against terrorist attack.
Antiterrorism awareness empowers everyone to take prevention measures and serve as "sensors" which extend the overall protection posture of the force. This year AT awareness month focuses on high priority areas such as suspicious activity reporting, integrating AT into the operations process, and active shooter response.
Some of the Army's most significant AT initiatives for this year include continued implementation of "iWATCH Army", development of AT doctrine, and the execution of the second annual AT Awareness Month.
"iWATCH Army" is a nation-wide modern version of the neighborhood watch program focused on the threat of terrorist activity. "iWATCH Army" is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourage reporting of suspicious activity to Military Police or local law enforcement for investigation.
In support of AT awareness month the Department of the Army developed numerous AT products and tools to help support us. These products are available through the Installation Antiterrorism Officer and will available at various locations on Fort Detrick and Forest Glen throughout the month of August.
Look for the installation antiterrorism officer from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the following locations - Fort Detrick Commissary, Aug. 10; the lobby of Building 1520 on Aug. 17; on Forest Glen, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research lobby on Aug. 9, and the lobby of Building 500 on Aug. 16, to ask any questions and receive information regarding our famous antiterrorism program.