Antiterrorism Awareness Month

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month accross the Army. This month, the Army will promote the antiterrorism (AT) program, which is designed to protect personnel, information, property, and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorism. This month, the Army plans to release a series of informational flyers, posters and programs to focus on terrorism awareness.

Antiterrorism Awareness Month is also an excellent opportunity to educate Army personnel and Army families about the iWATCH initiative. 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 behavior or activity to Military Police or local law enforcement agencies for investigation.

U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg maintains its preparedness against terrorism and attacks through annual training, as depicted above in November 2007. The garrison will focus on anti-terrorism awareness in August.

Army officials recognize the importance of encouring the community to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

“Members of the community are extremely important to the overall safety and security of the installation,” said Maj. Seamus Garrett, USAG Bamberg provost marshal. “In my mind, they are the ‘sensors on the battlefield’ to borrow a phrase often used to describe the value of the individual in helping to protect the community as a whole. Each individual can help put a piece together to develop a picture and to assist us on law enforcement and force protection matters.”

You can read the July 30 edition of the STAND-TO to learn more about the Army’s antiterrorism efforts. You can also check out this story on Army.mil.

What do you do to promote situational awareness in your family or Army community?