Safe social media practices boosts AT efforts

During Antiterrorism Awareness Month U.S. Army Europe hopes to raise awareness by focusing on the Army theme, “Developing safe social media practices.”

Antiterrorism tactics include measures taken to detect, deter and defend against potential or actual terrorist plans or actions. Terrorism has always been a threat to the U.S. forces community, and perhaps a greater threat to military communities outside the United States, he said.

“There continues to be threats within Europe, and what is most important to understand is that terrorism can happen anytime and anywhere,” said Robert C. Balcerzak, deputy chief of USAREUR’s Antiterrorism Division, adding that U.S. service members can be in danger even when they are not the terrorists’ intended target, Balcerzak added.

There are many resources available to help service members and their families stay safe. Throughout the month, antiterrorism tips for avoiding dangerous social media behavior and using good practices when using such networks will be posted on the USAREUR antiterrorism team’s Facebook page,, and Twitter feed,!/USArmyEurope.

And while AT officials will focus on a special theme during the month, officials remind everyone to always stay vigilant and report suspicious activity to authorities.

Also, visit and!/StaySafeAntiterrorism for more information and resources for combating terrorism and reporting suspicious activity. (Submitted by U.S. Army Europe Antiterrorism Division)