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Fort Hood Force Protection Chief Dan Spencer discusses antiterrorism during a preparedness seminar Tuesday at Howze Auditorium. The Force Protection Office will be facilitating antiterrorism training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday in August.

Over the past decade, the United States has faced multiple threats upon its people.  In light of the evolving shooting incidents and increasing attacks, many great people have gone to great lengths to ensure that we learn how to better prepare ourselves to be more vigilant and more proactive, with our own security than ever before.  

Terrorism is a persistent and enduring threat to the Army and the nation. Attacks by terrorists and violent extremists continue to take place at open-access events, mass gatherings, outside the perimeter of secured events, or other locations more commonly associated with crowded places.  It is vital that everyone remain engaged in their safety, increase vigilance and increase the safety awareness for yourself and that of your family members. Report suspicious behavior. Practice good operation security. Practice what you’ve learned. Speak out.  On Fort Hood, call 288-COPS (254-288-2677), off post, call 911.

An event doesn’t have to be organized and have security policies implemented for it to be a safe, fun and a memorable experience.  While many larger cities have the resources to provide adequate security for large celebrations or parties, smaller cities and towns may not. The more you travel and get to know a city, the more you’ll be able to develop your instinct.  Events with proactive safety measures are much more secure than those without them.  

If possible, try to research the following factors before deciding whether or not to attend an event. If that’s not an option, consider them once you’re there – and, if something’s telling you to leave, always, always trust your gut instincts.  Educate yourself by using today’s resources: the web, news, word of mouth, readily available pamphlets, etc. Know your surroundings before you go.  Know what to do in case of an emergency.  Know how to protect yourself and your family.

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month. The Fort Hood Force Protection Office will be facilitating a series of training opportunities opened to all military, civilian and contract employees and their family members to receive training on Threat Awareness Reporting, Special Events, Antiterrorism Level 1, OPSEC, Ready Army Emergency Preparedness and Threat Information Sharing and Suspicious Activity Reporting. Training will be every Tuesday in August from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Times will vary for each of the six subjects. The training will be conducted at Howze Auditorium.   

Together, we can mitigate being a target of terrorism and enjoy all of the great benefits we are offered here in America. Remember, the “See Something Say Something” campaign.  Remain vigilant, if you see something suspicious on post, call 288-COPS (254-288-2677), and off post, call 9-11.