Fort McCoy News April 12, 2013

McCoy Antiterrorism Office, staff get DA-level awards

Fort McCoy's Antiterrorism (AT) Office received top honors in its category during a recent Department of the Army (DA) competition.

The installation's program manager and program specialist received runner-up and honorable-mention recognition, respectively, at the DA level for all categories.

PHOTO for Antiterrorism awards article
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott (left) and Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Bissonette (right) recognize members of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security with Army-level Antiterrorism awards. Accepting the awards, left to right, were Brad Stewart, director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; Tom DesJardins, installation Antiterrorism Program manager; and Joshua May, installation antiterrorism specialist.
Photo by Anita Johnson

The AT Awards Program recognizes significant achievements in the AT field and those who work behind the scenes to protect DA personnel, Family members, facilities and installations.

"These individuals have worked diligently to heighten awareness of military and Family members to the nature and dangers of terrorism, while also deterring and preventing terrorism through aggressive defensive measures," according to the Department of the Army Headquarters narrative for the awards.

Tom DesJardins, Fort McCoy AT Program manager, said Fort McCoy won for the best AT Program in Category C.

The category is the third of the four DA categories, with Category A being the largest installations and Category D being the smallest installations competing, he said.

DesJardins was the runner-up as the program manager for all levels. Joshua May, Fort McCoy AT specialist, was named to the DA honor roll for his work in the installation program.

The judging covered fiscal year (FY) 2012, DesJardins said. Among the major events at Fort McCoy for the judging period were the implementation of the Antiterrorism Month program and training, the annual training session and three best-practice awards from the Installation Management Command (IMCOM).

These were the development/use of the protection management action plan, the development of high-risk target books and the overall preparation for the higher headquarters assessment visit.

The IMCOM Central Higher Headquarters Assessment conducted at Fort McCoy in April 2012 identified 10 positive findings in support of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy AT Program, and didn't note a single vulnerability or concern with terrorist operations benchmarks, he said.

The Fort McCoy Antiterrorism officer manages the Random Antiterrorism Measures Program (RAMP), which provides total installation AT coverage, DesJardins said.

"The success of the installation Antiterrorism Program is attributed to the behind the scenes work of the Protection Working Group (PWG) and support of the Protection Executive Committee (PEC)," DesJardins said.

The PEC is the corporate leadership body chaired by the garrison commander that develops and refines AT Protection Program guidance, policies and standards based upon an All-Hazards approach. The PWG synchronizes installation AT activities, tracks AT projects, reviews installation lower and higher command regulations for compliance and standardization, tracks AT resource requirements, and identifies funding sources to make required enhancements.

The Antiterrorism Office also advises the installation work force about the current threat conditions.
DesJardins said a threat group comprised of the Antiterrorism Office and installation representatives meets and makes recommendations to the garrison commander about force-protection measures and conditions for the installation.

May was recognized for his role conducting face-to-face AT training with all newcomers as well as conducting AT Level 1 training during the Antiterrorism Month in August.

"He also develops the required foreign travel briefings for personnel traveling overseas and conducts facility vulnerability assessments on the installation," DesJardins said. "Mr. May has been instrumental in the recent success of the installation AT Program."

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