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Antiterrorism awareness, training critical

Fort McCoy’s Antiterrorism (AT) Office is working to ensure each member of the community has the requisite skills for personal protection to help avoid terrorist attention. Fundamental to this effort is a basic understanding of threat, upon which can be built effective AT defenses at the individual, Family, unit and installation levels.

Effective AT defense requires installationwide efforts to build reporting systems to manage, direct, and analyze information. Through the informed watchfulness of the collective community, we protect ourselves, our Families, our units and our installation.

The “threat” continues to diversify in terms of perpetrators and adversary typologies, as well as in weapons and tactics. Potential adversarial groups/personnel include members of international terrorist organizations, domestic terrorists, and those officially aligned with or ideologically sympathetic to terror groups. Adversaries can include sovereign citizen groups, radical animal rights activists, any of a variety of hate groups, militias, and anti-war activists. Adversaries include the most-organized and well-funded of organizations to the individual “lone wolf” operating in relative isolation.

Reporting at the lowest levels helps the installation put the threat picture together and to plan for and respond to threats. Each member of the Army community should know what to report and how to report it. For information on the Fort McCoy Suspicious Activity Reporting System and what to report, access the iWATCH Banner on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network.

Community members must possess AT awareness to be successful. Every Soldier and civilian must take the approved web-based refresher each year. For Fort McCoy, Aug. 31, 2011 is the suspense for annual refresher training. This training is located on the Internet at https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at/.

The Fort McCoy AT Office will conduct AT Level 1 training April 12, May 26, and June 28 at building 905 for those who do not have computer access. AT classes will be offered each day at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Each participant will receive a certificate of training from the instructor.

The AT Office can also provide training to Family members, including members of Family Readiness Groups. Every member of the Army community is encouraged to stay informed about local, regional, national, and world news to better understand the threat.

For more information on the iWATCH program, the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Program, or AT training, contact the Antiterrorism Office at 608- 388-4504/4719.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy AT Office).

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