Army personnel encouraged to
know force-protection measures
|Ever since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001,
members of the Department of Defense (DoD) community, including military
and civilian employees and family members, have been on a heightened
sense of vigilance to help thwart potential terrorist attacks.
With the recent shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, Department of the Army
leaders are re-emphasizing the importance of reviewing force-protection
measures to help prevent and mitigate potential acts of violence,
including workplace violence against servicemembers, civilians and/or
family members and to help ensure their physical safety.
Everyone in the Fort McCoy community should know how to identify and
report potential force-protection incidents, said Tom DesJardins of the
Fort McCoy Anti-Terrorism Office.
Installation work force personnel should ensure they are up-to-date with
their anti-terrorism awareness and security training, which are required
on an annual basis.
More information about these topics can be found on the Fort McCoy
Everyone in the federal community should know signs of the activities
that may be indicators of potential terrorist threats or attacks.
The 10 key indicators of terrorist-associated insider threats to the
• Advocating violence, the threat of violence, or
use of force to achieve goals that are political, religious or
ideological in nature;
• Advocating support for international terrorist
organizations or objectives;
• Providing financial or other material support
to a terrorist organization or to someone suspected of being a
• Association with or connections to known or
• Repeated expression of hatred and intolerance
of American society, culture, government, or principles of the U.S.
• Repeated browsing or visiting Internet Web
sites that promote or advocate violence directed against the United
States or U.S. Force, or that promote international terrorism or
terrorist themes without official sanction in the performance of duties;
• Expressing an obligation to engage in violence
in support of international terrorism or inciting others to do the same;
• Purchasing bomb-making materials or obtaining
information about the construction of explosives;
• Active attempts to encourage others to violate
laws, disobey lawful orders or regulations, or disrupt military
• Family ties to known or suspected international
terrorist or terrorist supporters.
Soldiers or civilians who become aware of such activities should report
them to their supervisors or chains of command.
The Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department
coordinates first-line security efforts and law-enforcement response on
the installation. These efforts include installation access-control
procedures and random antiterrorism measures, such as the use of
increased surveillance and civilian working dog searches at the entrance
gates to protect the work force.
Everyone in the Fort McCoy community can help keep the installation safe
by reporting suspicious activities on Fort McCoy 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.
For more information about force- protection/anti-terrorism programs at
Fort McCoy, people can call Force Protection Offices at
Military personnel residing in military family housing on South Post
should report suspicious activities to the Fort McCoy Police at
Woodridge Housing residents 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. Fort McCoy Family Housing provides
residents with handbooks and verbal briefings with emergency contact
information during their move into military housing.
The Fort McCoy Employee Assistance Program at 608-388-2441/5955/2315 can
provide workplace violence prevention conflict resolution and stress
management training to supervisors and employees.
(Compiled from information from the Fort McCoy Anti-Terrorism Office,
Military Family Housing Office, Police Department and Employee