13 January 2011
AT Spotlight
By Karen Sims
USAG Antiterrorism Officer
Terrorism is an enduring, persistent, world-wide threat to our Nation and to our Army forces.
The Army community must seek to understand the threat, detect and deter terrorist activities, ward and defend against the full range of terrorist tactics.
Antiterrorism awareness themes seek to focus efforts and instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the Army community and critical resources from acts of terrorism.
Fort Detrick's Antiterrorism Office will be focusing examples of personal protection throughout the quarter; this issue highlighting travel.
Criminal and terrorist acts against individuals usually occur outside the home and after victim's habits have been established. Your most predictable habit is the routine of travel from your home to your duty station or to commonly frequented local facilities.
  • Travel in groups as much as possible. Avoid high-risk areas and demonstrations and vary movements to be unpredictable.
  • Try to be inconspicuous when using public transportation and facilities. Dress, conduct and mannerisms should not attract attention.
  • Avoid public demonstrations; do not be curious.
  • Stay away from controversial meeting places. Patronize reputable establishments. Limit alcohol in any public place.


  • Check the surrounding area for anything suspicious before leaving a building to get into your vehicle.
  • Vary routes to and from work and home if possible. Avoid late-night travel.
  • Travel with companions.
  • Avoid isolated roads or dark alleys when possible.
  • Ride with seat belts buckled, doors locked and windows closed.
  • Be alert while driving or riding. Do not allow your vehicle to be boxed in. Maintain a minimum 8-foot interval between you and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid inner lanes.
  • Know how to react if you are being followed.
    - Circle the block for confirmation or surveillance.
    - Do not stop or take other actions which could lead to confrontation. Do not drive home.
    - Get a description of the car and its occupants.
    - Go to the nearest safe haven.
    - Report the incident to the Provost Marshal Desk Sergeant.
  • Recognize events that can signal the start of an attack.
    - Flagman or workman stopping your car.
    - Fake police or government checkpoint.
    - Disabled vehicle?accident victims in the road.
    - Unusual detours.
    - An accident in which your car is struck.
    - Cars or pedestrian traffic that boxes you in.
  • Know what to do if under attack in a vehicle.
    - Try to draw attention to your car by sounding the horn without subjecting yourself, passengers or pedestrians to harm.
    - Put another vehicle between you and your pursuer.
    - Go to the closest safe haven.
    - Report the incident to the Provost Marshal Desk Sergeant.

Remember, if you see something, say something! Contact the Provost Marshal Desk Sergeant at (301) 619-7114.

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