Members of the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to remain
vigilant to help protect the installation against any potential
This includes informing the proper authorities if they see
suspicious activities. Installation personnel also should know the
current threat levels on both a local and national level.
While there continues to be no credible information at this
time warning of an imminent threat to the homeland, the Department of
Homeland Security's strategic threat perspective is that "we are
in a period of increased risk."
Fort McCoy currently is operating under Force Protection
Condition (FPCON) ALPHA. FPCON ALPHA applies when there is an
increased general threat of possible terrorist activity against Army
personnel or facilities.
The nature and extent of this terrorist threat remains
unpredictable, so personnel are reminded to remain vigilant and report
suspicious behavior or activities. Examples of such activities are:
(unauthorized or unidentified) personnel seen photographing,
observing, or asking questions about military operations or security
procedures; unidentified vehicles parked or operating in a suspicious
manner in the vicinity of Fort McCoy or the training ranges; abandoned
packages or suitcases; and repeated or adamant attempts to elicit
information regarding Fort McCoy operations or units training or
mobilizing at the installation.
The National Intelligence Estimate cited heightened activity
overseas and is very mindful of recent terrorist-related arrests in
There also has been an increased trend in propaganda tapes and
messages coming from Al Qaeda and affiliated networks over the past
Therefore the U.S. government's national threat level remains
at Elevated, or Yellow. The current threat level, including for
airline travel, can be found at the Web site http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/homeland/.
The threat for all domestic and international flights is High,
or Orange. Policies remain in place that allow airline passengers to
have only small amounts of liquids, aerosols and gels in their
carry-on baggage. To access up-to-date information on items permitted
or prohibited on airlines, passengers and other interested personnel
should visit the Web site http://www.tsa.gov.
Any suspicious activity at Fort McCoy should be reported to the
Law Enforcement Desk by calling (608) 388-2266.
All military personnel and Department of Defense civilians in
the Fort McCoy work force are reminded to complete the annual
Antiterrorism Level I Awareness Training requirement. This training
may be accomplished via the Internet at: https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at/.
Personnel who take the training can send their course
completion certificate to their supervisor/administrative personnel or
to the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Officer at Dan.Skowronski@us.army.mil.
(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Command