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August 13, 2010

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Fort McCoy launching new antiterrorism program in August

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, proclaimed August as Antiterrorism Month at Fort McCoy and urges all citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, and businesses to invest in the power of prevention and work together to make the installation a safer, stronger, more caring community.
PHOTO: Joshua May (left) of the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism program talks about antiterrorism issues with Sgt. Maj. Hiron Frazier of the 77th Sustainment Brigade, an Army Reserve unit from Fort Dix, N.J. Photo by Rob Schuette
Joshua May (left) of the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism program talks about antiterrorism issues with Sgt. Maj. Hiron Frazier of the 77th Sustainment Brigade, an Army Reserve unit from Fort Dix, N.J. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

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.

Fort McCoy officially launched a new antiterrorism program on Aug. 1 that enlists the help of Army community members to act as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist acts at Fort McCoy.

The iWATCH program is a modern version of neighborhood watch focused on the threat of terrorist activity.

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

When informed about the indicators of terrorist activity and empowered to help protect our communities against terrorism, the entire Army community (Soldiers, civilians, Family members and contractors) become an extension of our overall protection. The information reported (both on and off military installations) may reveal a piece of a puzzle, which leads authorities to thwart a terrorist plot.

The active element requires individuals to take action and report suspicious behavior or activities to law enforcement for further investigation. An essential component of iWATCH is reporting suspicious activity. iWATCH aspires to ensure everyone knows how to report suspicious activity. If you see something, say so — report suspicious activity to the Police Department by calling 608-388-2000 or your local law enforcement office.

Antiterrorism training, education and awareness displays are scheduled to be set up from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 16-20 at the Commissary, building 1537, and from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 23-27 at ARRTC, building 50.

For more information contact the Installation Antiterrorism Office at 608-388-4719/4505.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)

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