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NEWS | March 28, 2018

Base Security Responsibility - “All working as a team”

By J. Dwayne Gunther JB Charleston Antiterrorism Program Manager

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - Everyone is a critical weapon in the defense and security of Joint Base Charleston.

You may ask, “How?” It’s quite simple. Keep your ears and eyes peeled to anything suspicious around our installation and your work centers. Use your intuition, if it doesn’t feel right or seem right, if something is out of place or is something you don’t normally see, report it!

In direct response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States Air Force implemented an aggressive program called, "Eagle Eyes." The program is an antiterrorism initiative enlisting the eyes and ears of military members and citizens. This program is managed by the local Air Force Office of Special Investigations and, with the assistance of everyone within Joint Base Charleston, the main program goal is to WATCH, REPORT and DETECT.

While traveling to and from work, around the installation and local community or while out with the family, your "eyes and ears" are instrumental force multipliers to Joint Base Charleston security and first responders. All reports are taken seriously and are shared immediately with appropriate law enforcement agencies and military commanders for rapid assessment and investigation.

Here are some areas that might be considered suspicious:

People who:

· Are overly interested in security procedures for an event

 · Attempt to solicit sensitive event or participant information through personal contact or by telephone, mail or email at a level beyond mere curiosity

 · Attempts to access a secured area by circumventing established entry control points

 · Present false or misleading credentials

 · Are video recording or monitoring activities, taking notes, using cameras, maps, binoculars in an unusual or surreptitious manner which would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person

 · May be mapping out routes, playing out scenarios with other people, monitoring key facilities along the event route, timing traffic lights or traffic flow or other suspicious activities

 · Loiter, park or stand in the same area for an extended period of time with no reasonable explanation

 · Make expressed or implied threatening comments/threats of violence against the US or individuals

 · Significantly alter appearance from visit to visit (shave beard, change hair color, style of dress)

 · Wear outer garments not appropriate for the weather/seasons


 · Vehicle(s) parked near an event location for a long period of time; or in restricted zones

 · Vehicle(s) appearing to be weighted down; have protruding or visible wires; fresh paint; missing plates

 · Unusual chemical smells or odors

 · Ownerless or suspicious bags or packages left unattended

 · Missing event badges, uniforms, or identification

 · Damaged or tampered with infrastructure surround the event; manhole covers, wires, hoses, lighting, etc.

Your inputs are critical in the defense of Joint Base Charleston, your neighborhood, community and, most importantly, our country.

To make a report, please contact the Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600 or call 911.

You can also help us when making a report by remembering the term “SALUTE” which means size, activity, location, uniform, time and equipment.

All personnel must actively participate in base defense – “See Something, Say Something!”