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February 22, 2013

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EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE: Vigilant Triad 2013
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

PHOTO: Fort McCoy firefighters examine the outside of the installation’s Official Mail Room. Photo 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.
PHOTO: A Fort McCoy employee role plays a Soldier affected by suspected case of food-borne illness. Photo by Anita Johnson 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.
PHOTO: An Official Mail Room employee answers questions about an incident of a letter leaking a white powder. Photo by Anita Johnson. 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.

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