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October 22, 2010

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Antiterrorism theme emphasizes
Personal Protection Measures

Directed U.S. Army antiterrorism themes seek to focus efforts and instill Armywide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the Army community and critical resources from acts of terrorism.
The theme for first quarter, fiscal year 2011 is Personal Protection Measures. A dynamic threat environment demands the utmost vigilance and discipline. Existing protective measures must be refined to prevent or substantially mitigate any threat.
Personal Protection Measures to be aware of include:

General Security
• Guard information about yourself and your job.
• Limit discussion and accessibility of any information (written or verbal) that may provide insights for targeting.
• Always use secure means when passing sensitive information.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Write down license numbers of suspicious vehicles; note description of occupants and report to authorities.
• Avoid established or predictable patterns.

Personal Security
• Instruct your Family and associates not to provide strangers with information about you or your Family.
• Be cautious about giving out information regarding Family travel plans or security measures and procedures.
• Consider removing your name and rank from your home/military quarters.
• Avoid the use of your name and rank on answering machines.

Home Security
• Brief Family members on your residential security and safety procedures.
• Ensure Family members learn a duress word to use in case of emergency and ensure the word is on file at your office.
• Advise associates or Family members of your destination and anticipated time of arrival.
• Use peephole viewers before you open any door.
• Ensure sufficient illumination exists around your residence.

Commuting/Local Travel
• Look for evidence of tampering under and around your vehicle.
• Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up at all times.
• Alter routes and avoid choke points.
• Plan safe locations along your route.
• Consider wearing civilian clothing when riding on mass transit.
• Consider removing or avoiding car markings that identify you as senior ranking Department of Defense personnel unless required.
• Always remove installation stickers if you are selling or disposing of your privately owned vehicle.

Official and Unofficial Travel
• Ensure your Antiterrorism Level I training is current.
• Outside the Continental U.S. (OCONUS) travel — Receive Area of Responsibility specific-threat briefing from your Antiterrorism office.
• Select an inside hotel room (away from the street-side window), preferably on the fourth-10th floors.
• OCONUS Travel — Know the location of U.S. Embassies and other safe locations where you can find assistance.
Everyone in the Fort McCoy community can assist in keeping the installation safe by reporting suspicious activities 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. You also can go to the Fort McCoy Corporate Network or Extranet and complete a suspicious activity report by clicking on the iWATCH banner.
For more information about the Antiterrorism program at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4719/4504.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)

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