By MG Jeffrey J. Snow
USAREC Public Affairs
August 08, 2016
Each year the month of August is designated as Antiterrorism Awareness Month. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect Soldiers, Civilians and their families from terrorist threats. August is when we officially set aside time to reinforce AT training. As you train, I ask that you keep in mind the incidents of recent past such as the shootings in Chattanooga, Orlando and San Bernardino. I expect all leaders to focus their efforts on heightening awareness and vigilance in order to protect Army assets and prevent acts of terrorism. Here are a few things to always keep in mind:
1. The threat is real. Since, 9/11, there have been approximately 80 confirmed terrorist plots against US assets. Official documents shows that military facilities were the number one target in these plots, followed by New York City and places with mass gatherings.
2. Awareness is critical - Dissemination of threat information, reporting suspicious activity, training and awareness are some of our strongest weapons in the fight against terrorism.
3. See something - Say something! Sometimes odd but seemingly benign situations which go unreported can lead to terrible consequences. Call military police or local civilian law enforcement to report suspicious activity.
4. Social Media - Take time to review both official and personal online social media accounts for posts that could attract the attention of terrorist organizations. Also, take caution when receiving online or telephonic solicitation seeking personal or sensitive information.
I want to ensure the safety and security of all USAREC employees and their families members while ensuring mission success. Antiterrorism training, education and awareness support the entire Army community and are critical to the overall protection of USAREC personnel and assets.
Antiterrorism Awareness Month is designed to reinforce the importance of force protection and the persistent terrorist threat. I expect every commander, leader and supervisor to use aggressive and creative efforts to enhance and emphasize antiterrorism awareness throughout the command and ensure every member of USAREC has completed the online AT Level I Awareness Training within the last year.
The online course is located at https://jkodirect.jten.mil
Our adversaries continue to pursue means to attack our great nation and put
an end to our way of life. Antiterrorism Awareness Month provides USAREC a
chance to contribute to the prevention of terrorism and keep our workforce,
families and centers safe through training and awareness!
Remain Vigilant and Be Safe!
Strength Starts Here!
MG Jeffrey J. Snow