Fort Bragg is vigilant, prepared and practiced against the possibility of any emergency or terrorist attack.
A chat with Don Mollet, anti-terrorism officer, Fort Bragg, revealed the extent to which all of Fort Bragg takes precautions to protect itself and make ready for any emergency event.
Mollet explained that there is a plan in place to protect the installation.
“We are responsible for the plan for the installation … it’s updated and that plan has to be exercised … the plan is signed by the senior commander on Fort Bragg and all tenant organizations on the installation have to comply,” he said. “We manage the AT (anti-terrorism) program for the installation; by regulation it is the senior commander’s program but it is executed by the garrison commander by army command regulation.”
Keeping Fort Bragg safe is a group effort, Mollet explained.
“Anti-terrorism’s whole job is successful if they (terrorists) never accomplish anything.”
Fort Bragg anti-terrorism officers create a plan and work to prevent any threats from coming to fruition. The emergency management officers at Fort Bragg step in should an event occur and require a response. Emergency management and anti-terrorism officers work hand in hand.
“With any plan, once you develop a plan and come up with what you are going to do, you have to exercise it. So, we do annual exercises,” explained Mollet.
In some cases, aspects of these plans are exercised during real world events, such as with Hurricane Matthew last year. This allows the annual exercises to focus more specifically on the aspects of the plans in place that have not been tested.
“Everyone has different components. There are certain AT things that have to be exercised and EM things that must be exercised. (There are) mass casualty pieces that Womack must exercise, everything to DHR (Directorate of Human Resources) doing next of kin notifications. All of those pieces have to flow together,” explained Mollet.
“August is anti-terrorism month and this is so that everyone on Fort Bragg, and this is a large installation, understands their part in protecting against terrorism threats to the installation.”
This includes public awareness campaigns and internally circulated spotlight articles on anti-terrorism.
“It is very successful (if)it is incorporated across all of the agencies across this installation,” Said Mollet.