On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in death and extensive destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism.

In February 2010, the Department of the Army proclaimed Antiterrorism Awareness Month would be held in August of each year as a reminder of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and to enhance awareness to prevent and protect people and information from terrorism.

August will mark the fourth annual observance of Antiterrorism Awareness Month.  The intent is for the Fort Bragg community to focus on conducting antiterrorism training, education and awareness, and reviewing plans throughout the month.

The major tenet of Antiterrorism Awareness Month is the IWATCH Program.  IWATCH is similar to the Neighborhood Watch Program – see something (suspicious), say something.

Every member of the Fort Bragg  community plays an important role in preventing terrorist acts by identifying and reporting information that can contribute to preventing a terrorist attack.  In order to do so, we must be able to recognize the indicators of suspicious activity and how to report the information.

The installation will kick off Antiterrorism Awareness Month by handing out 90-REACT cards at all access control points; establishing and operating an information booth at the North Post Exchange, conducting an essay contest for school age youths, and using Facebook, Ready Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps website, Bragg TV and the Fort Bragg Radio Station to promote the event.

For more information on the antiterrorism awareness or the IWATCH Program visit: http://www.myarmyonesource.com/familyprogramsandservices/iwatchprogram/default.aspx  or http://www.bragg.army.mil/directorates/readybragg/Pages/default.aspx.

Antiterrorism Awareness Contest All essays must be submitted by close of business, Aug. 30. Mail entries to Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security, ATTN: Protection Branch, Fort Bragg, NC 28307 or email entries to calvin.a.mckenzie.civ.@mail.mil.

Essays should focus on antiterrorism awareness, specifically, how can you help the community protect itself against terrorism; must be the original work of the student (parents may assist); may be handwritten or typed and contain a minimum of 150 words.

Entries must include contact information. AAFES $50 gift card, school supplies, first place ribbon with medallion, and a certificate. AAFES $25 gift card, school supplies, second place ribbon with medallion, and a certificate. AAFES $25 gift card, school supplies, third place ribbon with medallion, and a certificate.