Fort McCoy News July 25, 2014

August declared Army AT Awareness Month

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

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 overall protection.

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

AT Level 1 Awareness Training also is mandatory for Family members traveling on official orders overseas, and is available for Families residing in the United States if desired.

AT Awareness Training can be completed online by taking the Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff-approved AT Level I Awareness Training. The former training site was shut down as of June 30. The training now resides on the Joint Knowledge Online website at Enroll in course #JS-US007-14 to receive the training. Additionally, training can be coordinated with the Fort McCoy AT office, by calling 608-388-4719/4504. This AT Level 1 Awareness Training offers details of personal protection, and is the first fundamental in preventing terrorist attacks.

To leverage every member of the Army community as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist acts, Fort McCoy has initiated the iWATCH program. 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.

Throughout August look for the antiterrorism display at different locations on the installation, and feel free to pick up posters, handouts and ask questions. Additional AT Awareness materials and videos will be available on the Fort McCoy Extranet and TV6.

A simple suspicious activity report 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 in the Fort McCoy community can help keep the installation safe by reporting suspicious activities on 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 9-1-1 emergency number.

Military personnel residing in military Family housing on South Post 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, Fort McCoy Family Housing provides residents with handbooks and verbal briefings with emergency contact information during their move into military housing.

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

(Submitted by Fort McCoy AT Office.)