KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – In an official letter to Army personnel, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth reminded everyone to remain vigilant at home and abroad in the fight against terrorism, the extremism, insider threats and cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
For the more than 6,000 Soldiers, Army civilians, local national employees and contractors assigned to the Army’s 405th Field Support Brigade, their home is overseas – making it extremely important to remain vigilant and maintain a strong threat awareness posture in order to deter, detect and mitigate risks.
August is the Army’s 12th annual celebration of Counterterrorism Awareness Month, and the 405th AFSB took the opportunity to remind its employees of the importance of being aware and vigilant of possible threats every day.
“We want to seize this opportunity – Counter Terrorism Awareness Month – and instill increased awareness and vigilance among all of our staff to help prevent terrorist attacks and protect resources from acts of terrorism and d ‘extremism,’ said Cpt. Ashley Dailey, AFSB’s 405th Chief Protection Officer.
âOur final state? We want our soldiers, army civilians, local nationals, contractors and all their families to understand key concepts, principles, responsibilities, safeguards and procedures for reporting suspicious counterterrorism activity, and we want to strengthen partnerships military, civilian and host nation focused on preventing terrorist attacks, âDailey said.
In his letter, Wormuth said lessons learned from past terrorist and extremist attacks reveal that one or more bystanders observed indicators before the attack but did not report them to law enforcement authorities. The success of Army-wide threat awareness and reporting depends on our entire team knowing what, when and how to report suspicious activity or behavior. Public advice remains one of law enforcement’s most powerful tools in combating these threats.
Cyber ââsecurity is also an important part of Army readiness.
Cyber ââsecurity attacks continuously target critical infrastructure in the United States and partner nations and can negatively impact military missions.
Cybersecurity awareness and training are critical to creating a culture of security, critical to protecting information in telecommuting-centric environments, and essential to ensuring combatant readiness, Wormuth said in his letter. Army leaders at all levels, in all components, must understand cybersecurity and apply its standards of protection in all aspects of military operations.
Being aware of and reporting concerns can help identify and prevent threats to national security and host countries. There are some things anyone can do to help prevent terrorism:
â¢ Be observant and attentive
â¢ Remember details about people, places, conversations and vehicles
â¢ Report problems to authorities – install Military Police, Local Police or Army CID Crime Tips: www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html
How to Report – iSALUTE: www.inscom.army.mil/isalute. When reporting something, remember the acronym SALUTE. Inform the authorities:
â¢ Size (number and types)
â¢ Activity (what is suspect)
â¢ Location (address, neighborhood)
â¢ Unit (which unit they belong to; marks / badges)
â¢ Time (which day and time observed)
â¢ Equipment (weapons, vehicles, communications)
The 405th AFSB is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21th Theater Sustainment Command, of the US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides corporate materiel support to US forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize procurement, logistics and technology; and leveraging the US Army Materiel Command’s materiel business to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website at www.afsbeurope.army.mil and the official Facebook website at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.
(Parts of this article are from an Army News article by Christine Mitchell of the US Army Material Command Public Affairs Office and located at the 405th Army Field Support Brigade)
|Date posted:||08.09.2021 02:55|
|Place:||KAISERSLAUTERN, RP, DE|
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