Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven
W. Nott (at podium) briefs reporters from simulated media organizations
during the Vigilant Triad 2013 exercise. The exercise, which was held
Feb. 13, was part of a Department of Defense effort to refine and
improve emergency response to natural and man-made incidents. The Fort
McCoy incidents included Soldiers and civilians getting sick from a
suspected case of food poisoning and suspicious mail being delivered to
the installation’s Official Mail Room. The day’s events resulted in the
mock press conference, in which Nott also answered reporters’ questions
about the incidents.
Photos by Anita Johnson
Fort McCoy firefighters Station
Chief Todd Swansby (left) and firefighter/emergency medical
technician Andrew Lesky examine the outside of the
installation’s Official Mail Room for traces of a white powder
that had leaked from an envelope delivered to the facility. No
potential or further threats were reported from the incident
that was part of exercise play.
Cindy Mussman (left) of the
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security role
plays a Soldier affected by suspected case of food-borne
illness. She is interviewed about the circumstances surrounding
the incident by Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy Directorate
of Emergency Services. Jackson decided to send the Soldiers and
civilians affected during the incident off post for treatment of
their simulated symptoms, which included nausea and vomiting.
Laurie Bjerke of Fort McCoy’s
Official Mail Room answers questions from Roger Tillman of the
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security about
an incident of a letter leaking a white powder being delivered
to the facility as part pf exercise Vigilant Triad 2013.