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July 27, 2012


August: Army observing Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Fort McCoy will conduct antiterrorism (AT) training, education and awareness throughout August as part of Army AT Awareness Month activities.

During this month, installation facilities and forces will focus their efforts by heightening 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 (DA) civilians and contractors, and Family members) while ensuring mission success. As such, AT training, education and awareness support the entire Army community and are a critical part of its overall protection.

Antiterrorism Level I Training

Antiterrorism Level I Training will be available at the following Fort McCoy locations, dates and times:
• Building 905, Aug. 2 from 9-10 a.m.
• Building 905, Aug. 6 from 9-10 a.m.
• Building 905, Aug. 21 from 9-10 a.m.
• Building 905, Aug. 28 from 9-10 a.m.

Army policy requires all Soldiers and DA civilian employees complete AT Level 1 Awareness Training annually and mandates that such training be offered to DA contractor employees as specified in their contracts. AT Level 1 Awareness Training also is mandatory for Family members travelling on official orders overseas, and is available for Families residing in the U.S., if desired.

AT Awareness Training can be completed online by taking the Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff-approved Level I AT Awareness Training, which is located at https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at/.

Additionally, training can be coordinated with the Fort McCoy AT Office, which can be contacted at 608-388-4719/4504. AT Level 1 Awareness Training provides details of personal protection, and is the first fundamental in preventing terrorist attacks.

In order to leverage every member of the Army community as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist acts, Fort McCoy has adopted the iWATCH program. This program aims to equip all members of the Army community with the knowledge of what constitutes suspicious activity and to disseminate iWATCH materials to the Army community as widely as possible through multimedia means.

Throughout August look for the AT Display at different locations on the installation and feel welcome to pick up posters, handouts and ask questions. AT-related videos also will air on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network (FMCN) and on TV-6. Consult 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.
Indicators to watch for include, but are not limited to the following:
• People drawing or measuring important buildings.
• Strangers asking questions about security procedures.
• Briefcases, suitcases, backpacks, or packages left behind.
• Vehicles left in ‘No Parking’ zones in front of important buildings.
• Intruders in secure areas where they do not belong.
• Chemical smells or fumes that seem out of the ordinary for the location.
• People purchasing bomb- or weapons-making material.
• People asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or 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 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.

Servicemembers living in Tomah should report to the Tomah Police at 608-374-7400.

Soldiers renting or who own their own homes should contact their local city or county police.

In addition, 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 AT Program at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4719/4504.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)

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