GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Be empowered, not impaired. Be aware, not afraid.
That’s the logic of the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s antiterrorism officer here, who is reminding community members to stay alert and report suspicious activities.
“I worry that complacency is a vulnerability to our overall security,” said Rik Bertrand, USAG Bavaria’s antiterrorism and force protection officer. He added that he does not want the population to live in fear, but to stay alert to their surroundings.
Terrorism and crime continue to exist and threaten our Army community. Terrorists can attack anywhere and at any time. These acts create fear and destroy our trust in others and in civic institutions, threatening the community’s health, prosperity and quality of life.
The vitality of our community depends on how safe we keep our homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. The military police and other security professionals cannot be everywhere always; therefore, they depend on community members to help keep us safe.
Every person on our installation plays a part in the fight against terrorism. How can you prevent crime and terrorism – make yourself a harder target.
Another great tip, according to the U.S. Army Europe iWatch page www.eur.army.mil/iWatch, is know your neighbors. By familiarizing yourself with your community and surroundings, you will notice when people, vehicles, or objects are out of place.
Observing suspicious activities is only part of the solution. Reporting those activities is just as important.
The recent winner of the U.S. Army Antiterrorism Installation Award, Mr. Pete Huller, recommends all members of the Army community to stay alert and report.
“If you see something unusual and ask yourself if you should report that, the answer is always ‘Yes’,” said Huller.
The overall success of our security programs must include every individual being vigilant of suspicious activities and reporting observations. A single report can lead to actions that may stop a terrorist attack. You can make a report and learn more about antiterrorism and force protection at www.bavaria.army.mil/FP.
By increasing awareness, vigilance and reporting, we can minimize the threat of terrorism. If every individual recognizes and reports suspicious activities, we will succeed as a team…the Army team.