Fort McCoy News August 09, 2013

AT Awareness Month: August at Fort McCoy

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott has proclaimed August as Antiterrorism (AT) Awareness Month at Fort McCoy and "urges all Soldiers, civilians and Family members, government agencies, public and private institutions, and businesses to invest in the power of prevention and vigilance, working together to make Fort McCoy a safer, stronger, more caring community."

The vitality of the Army community depends on the safety of its homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities. People of all ages must be more aware of what they can do to prevent harm from terrorists.

Launched Aug. 1, 2010, the US Army iWATCH program is a modern version of neighborhood watch focused on the threat of terrorism.

It is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourages reporting of suspicious behavior or activity to the Fort McCoy Police or local law- enforcement agencies for investigation.

Individual knowledge, though critical, is not enough to thwart a possible attack.

The iWATCH program requests that individuals report suspicious behavior or activities such as unknown individuals taking pictures of critical facilities, suspicious questioning about Department of Defense buildings, functions, personnel, use of stolen IDs or uniforms, and abandoned packages or vehicles to law enforcement for further investigation.

For suspicious activity reporting relevant to Fort McCoy, call the Police Department at 608-388-2000 or your local law-enforcement office.

In support of Antiterrorism Awareness, generally, and Antiterrorism Awareness Month, specifically, Fort McCoy will disseminate public-service announcements and other Antiterrorism Awareness products to include brochures, posters, and videos.

Fort McCoy will execute Random Antiterrorism Measures throughout August linking these efforts to the Department of the Army-directed themes.

In addition, Fort McCoy will ensure completion of annually required Antiterrorism Level 1 Awareness Training, which is offered for the majority online at https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at and may be completed at one's convenience.

A training class also will be offered at building 905, instructed face-to-face via the Fort McCoy United States Army Garrison (USAG) Antiterrorism Office Aug. 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m.

To request additional training dates, call 608-388-4504.

Antiterrorism Awareness month products and themes were highlighted this week at the Exchange.

The joint Antiterrorism-Directorate of Emergency Services display also will be featured at the following locations and dates this month:
•Building 60 / 88th Regional Support Command (Aug. 13-15)
•Building 1571/McCoy's Community Club (Aug. 20-22)
•Building 50 (IVO the DFAC) (Aug. 27-29).

For more information concerning AT Awareness month, AT Awareness training, Suspicious Activity Reporting, US Army iWATCH, or other antiterrorism-related issues contact the Installation Antiterrorism Office at 608-388-4719/4504.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)