Brooks encourages ‘One Team’ to practice antiterrorism awareness in August

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments


Gen. Vincent K. Brooks
U.S. Army-Pacific

August marks the Army’s Antiterrorism Awareness Month, and while we raise our focus and emphasis during this sixth annual observance, I also encourage every member of the “One Team” to maintain a constant state of vigilance year-round. I am proud of achievements, contributions and sacrifices in the continuous efforts to combat and defeat the threat of terrorism worldwide — specifically in our homeland. We cannot rest from our successes because we must be ever diligent in our efforts to protect our Army Family and our Nation.



To do this we have learned that every member of the team plays a role in this important mission.

Our leaders, Soldiers, civilians and families should know their role in supporting each of the Army’s three focus areas for this year:

  • Recognize and report suspicious activity through the iWATCH Army Program.
  • Conduct AT training and focus on the evolving threat such as active shooter, homegrown violent extremists, and cyber threats.
  • Actively incorporate protection principles into Family Readiness Briefings, especially on the risks associated with the use of social media.

I charge every member of the USARPAC team to remain vigilant; if you see something suspicious, report it. Actively take measures to protect yourself in the cyber and social media environment.

The strength of our defense is our ability to work together as a team to protect our people and our installations. Through your efforts, we will succeed in our goal of preventing terrorist attacks, and remaining a safe and strong Army.


One Team!


Army continues its AT vigilance

Army News Service
News Release

August marks the Army’s sixth annual observance of Antiterrorism Awareness Month to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to protect Army communities from acts of terrorism. The terrorist threats faced today are as complex as they have been at any time in the nation’s history. These threats are persistent and constantly evolving as evidenced by the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Army’s antiterrorism program protects personnel, information and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorist activities.

Why is it important to the Army?

Awareness of terrorist threats and an understanding of unit-level and personal protective measures remain paramount. The focus areas for Antiterrorism Awareness Month includes recognizing and reporting suspicious activity, participating in antiterrorism training, countering insider threats and becoming familiar with the risks associated with the use of social media.

What is the Army doing?

In light of recent terrorist activities around the world, leaders at all levels should emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity and the need for sustained antiterrorism awareness involving the use of social media and protecting personally identifiable information. In addition, the senior leadership of the Army encourages all leaders to make continuous improvements within antiterrorism plans and programs in order to guard our communities against persistent terrorist threats.

In support of an active AT awareness campaign, the Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) develops products and tools to support the field. These products are available on the Army OPMG Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal.

In addition, to commemorate the attacks of 9/11, the Office of Provost Marshal General (Antiterrorism Branch) is establishing an antiterrorism information booth in the Pentagon, Aug. 18-20, to share information with members of the Army staff as well as other Pentagon tenants.

Army Hawaii commands are encouraged to conduct similar community outreach efforts to help spread the message about the threat the military personnel face and the protective measures.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army’s antiterrorism awareness theme is training for antiterrorism officers and leaders. Training is critical to the Army’s antiterrorism readiness and the hallmark of our ability to assess, detect, defend, warn and recover from acts of terrorism. The training, whether at the individual or collective level, is fundamental to our preparedness and defense against the terrorist threat.

Focus areas

  • Increasing community awareness of the risks associated with social networking sites and the available protective measures
  • Antiterrorism Awareness Level 1 Training, which is required annually
  • Antiterrorism training for regionally aligned forces
  • Training for community members and emergency-response forces in active-shooter response
  • iWATCH Army training for contractors and family members

The Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP) provides extensive information and resources for the entire Army community.

New products and tools

The Department of the Army’s Antiterrorism Branch posted the following:

  • Social Media for Antiterrorism Awareness and Community Outreach (Volume 1)
  • Precautions for the Use of Social Networking Sites for Antiterrorism Awareness and Community Outreach (Volume 2 produced in both FOUO and UNCLASS formats)
  • Social media toolkit established on ATEP
  • Antiterrorism Coordinator Guide
  • Summary product highlighting the Washington Navy Yard active-shooter lessons
  • Updates to active-shooter and suspicious-activity reporting products
  • Vignettes on Charlie Hebdo and Tunis museum attacks

As terrorist adopt new tactics, such as the ISIL has with recent threats via social media, the Army must train and educate the community to counter those threats.

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