August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month and the Arizona National Guard is reminding its members to be aware and vigilant. As part of this observance, personnel at all levels should watch for suspicious activity and report it in support of our collective national security. To report suspicious activities contact your local law enforcement agency, security personnel at your installation, or the Arizona National Guard’s Joint Operation Center at 602-267-2583. (Image provided by army.mil)

PHOENIX -- August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month and the Arizona National Guard is reminding its members to be aware and vigilant.

The purpose of Antiterrorism Awareness Month is to instill heightened awareness and vigilance to protect critical assets and personnel by preventing acts of terrorism. 

“It is important to understand your role and how you can contribute to keeping our facilities and personnel safe,” said James Krempasky,State Antiterrorism Force Protection Officer for the Arizona National Guard. “Soldiers, Airmen, civilian personnel and their families must be aware of potential threats, learn to detect possible terrorist activities, and know how to report suspicious activity.” 

Awareness of terrorist threats and an understanding of personal protective measures are paramount. The four focus areas for this year include: 

(1) Recognizing and reporting suspicious activity 

(2) Participating in antiterrorism training 

(3) Countering insider threats 

(4) Becoming familiar with the risks associated with the use of social media. 

As part of this observance, personnel at all levels should watch for suspicious activity and report it in support of our collective national security. Recent activities around the world, which have included the use of social media as a threat mechanism against Soldiers and their Families, emphasize the need for sustained antiterrorism awareness.

 “Being cognizant of you social media presents is a tops priority at the individual level,” said Army Staff Sgt. Monette Wesolek, Arizona National Guard Chief Public Affairs Non-commissioned Officer. “Managing social media account settings and limiting those that have access to your personal profile can reduce your risk.”

 Antiterrorism officials remind unit members to remain current with required training such as the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program, Antiterrorism Level 1, and Information Assurance Training. It is also important to be familiar with directives covering Operations Security within your unit. 

 To report suspicious activities contact your local law enforcement agency, security personnel at your installation, or the Arizona National Guard’s Joint Operation Center at 602-267-2583.