August campaign to combat terrorism
August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month. The purpose of the monthlong awareness program is to instill and sustain installationwide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the Fort Riley Army community and critical resources from acts of both international and domestic terrorism, according to Chris Hallenbeck, installation antiterrorism specialist.
Terrorism is an enduring, persistent, worldwide threat to Army forces and Army Families, he said. Radical extremist ideologies and separatist movements continue to have an anti-western and anti-U.S. orientation, which threatens the nation.
“Our Army must sustain a strong defensive posture to prevent terrorist acts and protect Army critical assets – people, critical infrastructure and sensitive information,” Hallenbeck said. “Even though we promote antiterrorism awareness at Fort Riley continuously, we have set aside the month of August to introduce new (antiterrorism) awareness products, information and threat indicators to our installation community.
“In conjunction with the iWATCH program, we want to leverage every Soldier, civilian and Family member of the Fort Riley community as a sensor to help identify, report and prevent a potential terrorist act toward our community,” he said.
According to Hallenbeck, the iWATCH program started with the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2010, the Army adopted it as its antiterrorism program and officially began using it in 2011.
“This year, we want to create more Family involvement,” Hallenbeck said.
To aid in achieving the program’s goals, each week of Antiterrorism Awareness Month will have a different theme.
The first week’s theme, Aug. 1 to 5, is “Recognizing and Reporting Suspicious Activity and/or persons using the iWATCH reporting methods.”
Booths about iWATCH will be set up at the Fort Riley Exchange and at National Night Out. Promotional items, like footballs and pens will be available, as will posters, flyers, coloring posters and word searches for children. Housing areas will have iWATCH displays, and iWATCH business cards and flyers will be distributed on post.
The second week, Aug. 8 to 12, focuses on “Recognizing and Reporting Methods and Indicators of Soldier and Civilian High Risk Behavior.”
During the week, Family readiness groups will be briefed and a semi-annual AT representative seminar will take place. More iWATCH posters and flyers will be distributed.
The third week, Aug.
15 to 19, covers “Active Shooter Response Procedures.”
“People think of active shooters simply being in the workplace, but they can be anywhere – shopping malls, churches, schools, college campus or public events, where a large population of people would gather,” Hallenbeck said.
Employees, new employees and FRG members will be briefed on the week’s topic. Interested Family members may contact Hallenbeck at 785-239-6303 to have their names added to the roster for the briefings, he said.
An iWATCH information booth is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Exchange.
The topic for the fourth week, Aug. 22 to 26, is “Application of Antiterrorism Doctrinal Principles.” Members of post directorates and partner agencies will have the opportunity to attend a seminar, and each directorate’s antiterrorism representatives will receive new antiterrorism tools.
The last week of the month, Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, deals with “Integrating Antiterrorism into the Operations Process.” Employee and FRG member briefings are scheduled about the week’s topic. Antiterrorism awareness displays will be set up throughout various facilities on post, including the main PX, Commissary, post gymnasiums, Family housing neighborhood centers and other MWR locations, according to Hallenbeck.
“We want everyone to understand that suspicious activity is often recalled after an event, so we must train ourselves to be on the lookout for things that are out of the ordinary and allow our suspicions to be recognized,” he said, “so if something or someone is suspicious, then we need them to report that to us or the Fort Riley Police Department.”
Hallenbeck said the antiterrorism office received several reports following last year’s antiterrorism campaign.
Beginning Aug. 1, those reporting suspicious activities can report them anonymously through the iWATCH tab on the 1st Infantry Division webpage. Visit www.riley.mil/Unitpage.aspx?unit=iWatch. Reports also may be made by sending information to email@example.com. or by calling the Fort Riley Police Depart at 785-239-MPMP (6767); Installation Antiterrorism Office at 785-239-6303; or the 902nd Military Intelligence Detachment at 785-239-2268.
For more information, call Hallenbeck, 785-239-6303, or Brian Larson, 785-239-6044, at the Fort Riley Antiterrorism Office.
By Melony Gabbert
1st Inf. Div. Post
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