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                 July 22, 2011


August declared Army Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Fort McCoy will provide antiterrorism training, education and awareness events throughout August as part of Army Antiterrorism Awareness Month activities.

The installation facilities and forces will focus their efforts to heighten awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the community from acts of terrorism. By integrating antiterrorism doctrinal principles with constant antiterrorism awareness, the Army ensures the safety and security of its people (Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Family members) while ensuring mission success. As such, antiterrorism training, education and awareness support the entire Army community and are a critical part of the country’s overall protection.

AT Displays scheduled at installation locations

Antiterrorism education and awareness displays will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the following Fort McCoy locations and dates:

• Fort McCoy Exchange, building    1538, Aug. 9-10.

• McCoy’s, building 1571, Aug. 11 and 16-17.

• Commissary, building 1537, Aug. 4 and 23.

• Building 50/51 Aug. 2 and 22.

Army policy requires all Soldiers and civilians to take a Web-based course to learn effective actions to reduce profiles.

This course is called Level I Antiterrorism Training. Training can be completed online at https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at/. Links also are available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network (FMCN) and Extranet. Additionally, training can be coordinated with the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism office. This training also is mandatory for Family members travelling on official orders overseas and is available for Families residing in the U.S. planning to travel overseas. It offers details of personal protection and is fundamental in preventing terrorist attacks.

To leverage every member of the Army community as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist acts, Fort McCoy continues to educate the Army community through the iWATCH program. It aims to provide members of the larger Army community with the knowledge of what to look for and what constitutes suspicious activity and to disseminate iWATCH materials as widely as possible through multimedia means. During August, look for the Antiterrorism Display at different locations on the installation and feel free to pick up posters, handouts and ask questions.

Videos also are planned on FMCN and Fort McCoy TV-6. Consult the FMCN or TV-6 for scheduled times or availability.
A simple report of a suspicious observation can lead to action that may stop a terrorist attack. Some incidents to watch for include:
— People drawing or measuring important buildings.
— Strangers asking questions about security procedures.
— Briefcases, suitcases, backpacks, or packages left unattended.
— Vehicles left in No Parking Zones in front of important buildings.
— Intruders observed in secure areas where they do not belong.
— Chemical smells or fumes that seem out of the ordinary for a location.
— People purchasing bomb- or weapons-making material.

— People asking questions about sensitive information, such as building blueprints, security plans, and VIP travel.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community can help keep the installation safe by reporting suspicious activities at Fort McCoy to the Police Department by calling 608-388-2000 or to the local police force if an incident happens off post. All emergency situations should be reported to the nearest local 911 emergency number.

Military personnel residing in military Family housing on South Post should report suspicious activities to the Fort McCoy Police at 608-388-2000.

Woodridge Housing residents should report incidents to the Tomah Police at 608-374-7400. Soldiers renting or who own their own homes should contact their local city or county police. Fort McCoy Family Housing provides residents with handbooks and verbal briefings with emergency contact information during their move into military housing.

For more information about the Antiterrorism Program at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4719/4504.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)

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