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August 12, 2011


Antiterrorism Month highlights prevention, vigilance at McCoy

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser has proclaimed August as Antiterrorism (AT) Awareness Month at Fort McCoy and “urges all Soldiers, civilians and Family members, government agencies, public and private institutions, and businesses to invest in the power of prevention and vigilance, working together to make Fort McCoy a safer, stronger, more caring community.”

AT education, awareness displays available through August

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

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

• McCoy’s, building 1571, Aug. 16-17.

• Building 50/51 Aug. 22.

• Commissary, building 1537, Aug. 23.

Visitors can pick up posters and handouts and ask questions.

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

The vitality of the Army community depends on the safety of its homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities. People of all ages must be more aware of what they can do to prevent harm from terrorists.

Launched Aug. 1, 2010, the U.S. Army iWATCH program is a modern version of neighborhood watch focused on the threat of terrorism.

It is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourages reporting suspicious behavior or activity to the Fort McCoy Police or local law enforcement agencies for investigation.

Individual knowledge, though critical, is not enough to thwart a possible attack. The iWATCH program requests individuals to report suspicious behavior or activities, such as unknown individuals taking pictures of critical facilities, suspicious questioning about Department of Defense buildings, functions, personnel, use of stolen IDs or uniforms, and abandoned packages or vehicles, to law enforcement for further investigation.

For suspicious activity reporting relevant to Fort McCoy, report to the Police Department by calling 608-388-2000 or contact local law enforcement offices.

For more information concerning AT Awareness month, AT Awareness training, Suspicious Activity Reporting, or to request materials with Antiterrorism awareness, U.S. Army iWATCH, or Suspicious Activity Reporting themes in the Fort McCoy community, contact the Antiterrorism Office at 608-388-4719/4504.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)

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