Fort McCoy News July 22, 2016

August: Antiterrorism Awareness Month

August is 2016 Antiterrorism Awareness Month at Fort McCoy.

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. "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 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 terrorism.

Graphic: August begins antiterrorism awareness.

Launched Aug. 1, 2010, the U.S. Army iWATCH program is a modern version of a neighborhood watch that focuses on the threat of terrorism. It's designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourages reporting suspicious behavior or activity to the Fort McCoy Police Department or local law-enforcement agencies for investigation.

Individual knowledge, though critical, is not enough to thwart a possible attack. The iWATCH program requests people report to police any suspicious behavior or activities, such as unknown individuals taking pictures of critical facilities; suspicious questioning about Department of Defense buildings, functions, and personnel; use of stolen ID cards or uniforms; and abandoned packages or vehicles.

To report suspicious activity relevant to Fort McCoy, call the Police Department at 608-388-2000.

In support of Antiterrorism Awareness Month, Fort McCoy will disseminate public-service announcements and other antiterrorism-awareness products, including brochures, posters, and videos. Fort McCoy also will execute random antiterrorism measures throughout August, linking these efforts to Department of the Army themes.

Fort McCoy will ensure completion of of required annual Antiterrorism Level 1 Awareness Training, which is offered online at https://jkodirect.jten.mil/Atlas2/faces/page/login/Login.seam.

As an alternative to online training, classes will be offered at building 2113 Tuesday, Aug. 2; Thursday, Aug. 4; Tuesday, Aug. 23; and Thursday, Aug. 25, from 10-11 a.m. by the U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.

Completion of either the computer-based or face-to-face training will meet the annual Antiterrorism Level 1 Awareness refresher-training requirement.

For more information about Antiterrorism Awareness Month, antiterrorism-awareness training, reporting suspicious activity, U.S. Army iWATCH, or other antiterrorism-related issues, call the Installation Antiterrorism Office at 608-388-4719/4504.

   (Article prepared by Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)