Fort McCoy News July 26, 2013

August: Army Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Fort McCoy will conduct antiterrorism (AT) training, education and awareness throughout August. During the month, installation facilities and forces will focus their efforts to heighten awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the community from acts of terrorism.

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By integrating AT doctrinal principles with constant AT awareness, the Army ensures the safety and security of its people (Soldiers, Department of the Army (DA) civilians and contractors, and Family members) while ensuring mission success. As such, AT training, education and awareness support the entire Army community and are a critical part of McCoy's overall protection.

AT Level 1 Awareness Training offers details of personal protection, and is the first fundamental in preventing terrorist attacks.

Army policy requires all Soldiers and DA civilian employees complete AT Level 1 Awareness Training annually, and mandates that such training be offered to defense contractor employees as specified in their contracts.

AT Level 1 Awareness training also is mandatory for Family members travelling on official orders overseas, and is available for Families residing in the U.S., if desired.

AT Awareness Training can be completed online by taking the Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)-approved Level I AT Awareness Training, which is located at https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at/. Additionally, training can be coordinated with the Fort McCoy AT office by calling 608-388-4719/4504.

Fort McCoy uses the iWATCH program to leverage every member of the Army community as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist acts. This program aims to equip all members of the Army community with the knowledge of what constitutes suspicious activity and to disseminate iWATCH materials to the Army community as widely as possible through multimedia means.

During August look for the Antiterrorism Display at different locations throughout the installation and feel free to pick up posters, handouts and ask questions.

AT-related videos also will be available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network (FMCN) and played on Fort McCoy TV6. Consult the FMCN or TV6 for scheduled times or availability.

A simple report of a suspicious observation can lead to action that may stop a terrorist attack.

Indicators to watch for include, but are not limited to, the following:
• People drawing or measuring important buildings.
• Strangers asking questions about security procedures.
• Briefcases, suitcases, backpacks, or packages left behind.
• Vehicles left in no parking zones in front of important buildings.
• Intruders in secure areas where they do not belong.
• Chemical smells or fumes that seem out of the ordinary for the location.
• People purchasing bomb- or weapons-making material.
• People asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP travel.

Everyone can help keep the installation safe by reporting suspicious activities at Fort McCoy to the Police Department by calling 608-388-2000, or to the local police force if off post. All emergency situations should be reported to the nearest local 911 emergency number.

South Post Military Family Housing residents should report suspicious activities to the Fort McCoy Police at 608-388-2000.

Soldiers renting or who own their own homes should contact their local city or county police.

In addition, the Fort McCoy Family Housing Office provides residents with handbooks and verbal briefings with emergency contact information during their move into military housing

For more information about the Fort McCoy AT Program, call 608-388-4719/4504.

 

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(Submitted by Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)