Fort McCoy News Aug. 14, 2015

August declared Antiterrorism Awareness Month

U.S. Army senior leaders have proclaimed August as Antiterrorism (AT) Awareness Month. The intent is to instill and sustain communitywide heightened awareness and vigilance to protect all Army critical resources and personnel from acts of terrorism.

To focus efforts for Antiterrorism Awareness Month, Headquarters, Department of the Army (DA) has advanced the four themes guiding Army commanders and their support elements, synchronizing the multitude of efforts around high-payoff tasks directly supporting the Army's Antiterrorism Program. The four themes are:

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• Recognize and report suspicious activity, including implementation of the U.S. Army iWATCH, iSALUTE, and eGuardian threat-reporting programs. The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) hosted the Threat Management Team meeting Aug. 13. This annual event is critical for networking internally and externally with federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies, emergency managers, and intelligence agencies. Sharing information is one of the most-important components of a robust suspicious-activity reporting program.

• Provide AT training across the Army community, including evolving threats — such as active shooters, homegrown extremism, and insider and cyber threats — and response procedures, such as Random Antiterrorism Measures. Annual basic AT Level 1 training, education, and awareness for Soldiers, DA civilians, and applicable contractors also will be completed in August.

• Identify insider and cyber threats, including concerns about vetting contractors and access to the installation. Fort McCoy will focus on vetting contractors' access to the installation, the use of the AT/operational security (OPSEC) coversheet, and the importance of AT Level 1 and iWATCH training for contractors.

• Create awareness of the potential benefits and dangers of social media applied to AT awareness and community-outreach efforts. Fort McCoy will focus on educating about the risks associated with the use of social-media applications and preventative measures to protect personal identifying information and operations security. DPTMS hosted an OPSEC Mobile Training Team event Aug. 10-12 in support of security awareness and the potential dangers of social media.

As Fort McCoy continues to implement Antiterrorism Awareness Month locally, there will continue to be heavy emphasis on education and awareness to engage and empower the community to protect the critical assets of the installation, including its personnel. To support such efforts, the Fort McCoy AT Office is highlighting multimedia and face-to-face engagement efforts. These efforts include AT displays at high-traffic areas; awareness videos on TV-6, the command information channel; and AT Level 1 awareness training.

The training is available at Joint Knowledge Online and via face-to-face training from a qualified Antiterrorism Level II-trained and -certified individual. Two more face-to-face training sessions will be conducted at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 and 27 at building 2113. These classes are open to the entire Fort McCoy community.

The Fort McCoy community can assist the effort by taking security training briefings seriously and applying key principles in their daily lives. In addition, be willing to report, know what to report, and how to report it. 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:

• 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 or high-traffic buildings.

• Intruders in secure areas.

• Chemical smells or fumes that seem unusual for the location.

• People purchasing bomb- or weapon-making materials.

• 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 to the Fort McCoy Police Department by calling 608-388-2000 or to local police if off post. All emergency situations should be reported to 911.

Military personnel residing in South Post Family housing should report suspicious activities to the Fort McCoy police. Soldiers renting or who own their own homes should contact their local city or county police. In addition, Fort McCoy Family Housing provides residents with handbooks and verbal briefings with emergency contact information upon moving into military housing.

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

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)