By Lee Porterfield
Special to GUIDON
August 2019 marks the 10th annual observance of Army Antiterrorism Awareness Month.
The purpose of Antiterrorism Awareness Month is to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance and to prevent and protect Army-critical resources from acts of terrorism.
Force Protection is a much broader approach to recognizing and acknowledging the wide spectrum of threats to our community. That includes everything from the weather, criminal activity to disgruntled employees and potential terrorist targeting. As risks and vulnerabilities are identified, mitigation measures are developed and placed.
During this month there will be a series of articles highlighting key points for awareness of goals, objectives and measures for increasing awareness. A key element we want to highlight this month is the importance of community involvement. We also rely heavily on each of you.
Your personal situational awareness not only improves the safety of you and your family, but also can impact the entire community.
If something is out of place and doesn’t look right, report it, and let the professionals take it from there.
What Activities Do I Report?
— People drawing or measuring important buildings.
— Strangers asking questions about security forces or security procedures.
— A briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind.
— Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones in front of important buildings.
— Intruders found in secure areas.
— A person wearing clothes that are too big and bulky and/or too hot for the weather.
— Chemical smells or fumes that worry you.
— Questions about sensitive information, such as building blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know.
— Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper
See Something, Say Something
Report it immediately, even if it just doesn’t look right.
Call the Fort Leonard Wood Department of Emergency Services at 573.596.6141.
(Editor’s note: Porterfield is an Antiterrorism/Force Protection operations specialist.)