|The Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans Training
Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) hosted the second annual Threat
Management Team (TMT) Conference Aug. 12.
Christina Burhans speaks at the
Threat Management Team Conference at Fort McCoy. She attended
the conference as a result of a Department of Homeland Security
grant. (Photo by Val Hyde)
David Cochran, chief, DPTMS Security Branch said the event
highlighted the need to form partnerships with intelligence-, security-,
law-enforcement and emergency-management assets at the local, state and
The purpose of the conference was to facilitate networking, enhance the
knowledge of the TMT members, and continue to build an intelligence
nexus designed to mutually support the fight against terrorism and other
threats at all levels within the southwestern Wisconsin region.
Cochran said the timing of the TMT Conference could not have been better
as the Department of the Army declared August as “Antiterrorism
Awareness Month.” As a result, Cochran’s team has been distributing
“iWatch” products across the installation. These security tips included
active-shooter response, warning signs of terrorism, etc.
Positive feedback from the 2009 conference provided the way ahead for
the 2010 event. According to the surveys handed out and returned, 2010
was another great year. With guest speakers from the FBI, Department of
Homeland Security, and the Northern California Regional Public Safety
Training Authority the subject matter ranged from basic terrorism
awareness to complex discussions on the terrorism screening center,
suspicious activity reporting and the history of the Al Shabaab
terrorist organization in the Midwest.
One speaker, Christina Burhans, attended as a result of a Department of
Homeland Security grant. Burhans’ training focused on community
awareness. More than 40 personnel were trained, and Burhans challenged
TMT Conference attendees to take what they had learned to train 50 more
Cochran said DPTMS holds the TMT Conference to enhance intelligence
support for the protection of the entire Fort McCoy work force, to form
vital partnerships with communities and as an information sharing nexus
made up of professionals from multiple agencies.
Accurate, timely and relevant intelligence is the catalyst to the
installation’s collective safety and security, he said.
(Submitted by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and