Homeland Security is not for places far away or for others to be concerned about. Mount Pleasant is home to several places that could be potential terrorist targets. They include; the Kensico Reservoir, the Kensico Dam, radio towers, water transmission lines, shopping centers, hospitals, schools, and the list goes on and on.
It is important for everyone to take an active role in securing our country and our town. Never hesitate to report suspicious activity. What may seem innocuous to you may be valuable information for law enforcement; simply call 911. Be prepared to provide the police dispatcher with important information such as physical descriptions, vehicle makes, models or colors and the nature of the activity. Headquarters will send a police response based on predefined response plans or based on the information received from the caller. NEVER take action on your own, wait for the police to arrive.
The following links will bring you to the home pages of the United States Military and to the nations Homeland Security page. Here, you can see the alert level that that the country is currently at. It also has informative links providing you with important information.
On August. 1, 1907, the U. S. Army Signal Corps established a small Aeronautical Division to take "charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all kindred subjects." The next several decades saw vast improvement in flight technology and the established the need for a branch of the military dedicated to air defense and combat. The National Security Act of 1947 created the Department of the Air Force.
The U. S. Air Force emblem, newly designed in 2000, retains the distinctive wings and star which honor Air Force hero Hap Arnold and the Army Corp heritage, respectively. The wings, called “stripes of strength,” honor the men and women of the Air Force; the sharp angles emphasizing swiftness and power. The sphere and star represent the modern challenges of vigilance around the globe and into space. Three diamonds signify the core values of integrity, service and excellence. The modernized design elements blend to form an eagle, a valiant symbol of America’s greatness.
On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress formed an army to preserve the “liberties of America.” Since then, the United States Army has become a technologically-advanced strategic force that has served Americans both in peacetime and in war.
The official emblem for the U. S. Army bears a Roman cuirass (armor representing strength and defense) resting below a vertical unsheathed sword, called an esponton. The sword, musket and other military implements represent the readiness of the Army to defend. An early American flag faces the Army flag, emphasizing their role in the establishment of the United States. The helmet is known as a “Phrygian Cap”, or “Cap of Liberty.”
Even the colors of the emblem represent the Army’s mission. Blue stands for loyalty and truth, red for courage, white for deeds worth remembering, and black for determination. The gold in the seal reflects the army’s core values of achievement, dignity and honor.
Even before America was a country, the Marine Corps was formed and had a crest. The "foul anchor" (an anchor with a wrapped chain) that labeled Marines in the Revolutionary War remains part of their emblem today. Many versions of the emblem were worn until June 22, 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an Executive Order approving the official seal for the United States Marine Corps.
The globe of the Marine Corps emblem displays the Western Hemisphere, which together with the American bald eagle, symbolizes a dedication of service to the American people. On the very top of the emblem are the words that denote Marines all over the world, "Semper Fidelis", meaning “Always Faithful”.
The original Continental Navy was established on October 13, 1775 when Congress required two armed crafts to search for ships supplying arms to the British Army. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the Naval fleet had grown to over fifty ships, and established itself as an integral part of American defense.
Several naval emblems represented this nautical branch of service, until Executive Order 10736 was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 23, 1957 designating a single Navy emblem. The design was produced by a board of heraldic experts and historians, and displays a three-masted ship with a “Luce-type” anchor, an American bald eagle, clear skies and peaceful seas. The use of sky, land and water in the design symbolizes the Navy’s ability to support operations in the air and land, as well as a well-deserved reputation for dominance at sea.
The United States Coast Guard first began maritime duties in August 1790 when Congress passed Alexander Hamilton's "Revenue Act." Known originally as the Revenue Cutter Service, the Coast Guard gradually assumed the responsibilities of four other agencies: the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Lifesaving Service.
An official emblem for the organization was established in August 1799, when Secretary of the Treasury Oliver Wolcott announced that the distinguishing ensign would consist of "16 perpendicular stripes, alternate red and white, the union of the ensign to be the arms of the United States in a dark blue on a white field." The 16 stripes symbolized the number of States in the union when the emblem was adopted.
Today’s Coast Guard is a “military, multi-mission, maritime service” protecting the American public, environment and economic interests. The modern emblem bears the color red to signify the sacrifice of blood, blue for justice and white to symbolize the unending quest for purity and integrity.