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Tackling Security Concerns Together

By Del Eulberg, Major General (Ret.), USAF

America’s history is filled with events that have shaped our national identity. We are known for our independence, generosity, and diversity. These traits define how we approach challenges, from waging war and combatting terrorism to recovering from natural disasters, braving economic hardship, and simply helping our neighbors. Our history is built on people of all nationalities coming to America to build a better life for their families. Our very existence as a nation relied upon our ability to come together to fight the British to gain our independence. George Washington led the Continental Army,
which was made up ofvolunteers from all walks of life and from various countries and faiths, to overcome the tyranny of British rule. The 13 colonies came together to do the impossible, and it defined us as a nation. Success was achieved through a willingness to reach out and do what you could for your neighbors. Those involved did not wait for the government to save them or for a contract modification to step forward and meet the challenge at hand. It was a collective effort, with everyone doing what they could. This aspect of our national fabric is easy to take for granted. With media’s constant focus on “individual rights” and “what the government owes us,” it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. Simply put: We are in this together. This is especially true when we think of our security as a community and a nation.

From the rise of ISIS to home-grown terrorism and the senseless killings in Charleston, recent events point to the need for all of us to be vigilant and watch out for one another. This also applies to those families who live on military installations. It is easy to believe that the military police will keep you safe. As good as they are (and we saw how good they are recently when they prevented an armed assailant from entering Little Rock Air Force Base), we remain vulnerable. Military installations as well as government buildings remain “symbolic targets” for those who do not believe in our way of life. We also remain vulnerable to other security threats relating to cyber security. Identity theft as well as theft of our personal information remains a security threat to all of us, as we recently saw with the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach.

This edition of Defense Communities is focused on security and safety, with a number of thought-provoking articles from the military Services and our privatization partners. I hope you enjoy the articles, think about their importance, and share safety and security tips with your friends and family. We should never forget that our strength as a nation relies on our ability to work side by side with our neighbors to get the job done and to keep each other safe. Deployments and humanitarian disaster relief are great motivators to come together; however, we must double down on our efforts to do the simple things ourselves. Regardless of the challenge, I’m confident that we will continue to find a way to come together and tackle our current security challenges, regardless of where they come from. After all, we are Americans and we have a long history of taking on tough challenges together.

Del Eulberg is Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. General Eulberg retired from the Air Force in 2009 as The Civil Engineer, HQ USAF, where he was responsible for installation support for 166 installations worldwide.


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