Fort McCoy News August 22, 2014

Fort McCoy observes Antiterrorism Awareness Month

August is the fifth annual Army Antiterrorism (AT) Awareness Month, and Fort McCoy echoes the importance of overall vigilance that is founded on training and awareness.

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott has proclaimed August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month at the installation 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."

Readers may have seen the AT display with promotional awareness products at the Exchange or Commissary. McCoy's Community Club and building 50 near the dining facility will be the final venues to close out AT Awareness Month.

Online computer-based training and face-to-face training events at the organizational and installation level have been conducted throughout the month.

A final opportunity to attend face-to-face AT Level 1 Awareness training is Aug. 26 at building 905 from 10-11 a.m., and again from 1-2 p.m.

The U.S. Army iWATCH program was launched Aug. 1, 2010. It 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.

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.

Individual knowledge, though critical, is not enough to thwart a possible attack. The iWATCH program requests 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, report it to the police department by calling 608-388-2000 or your local law enforcement office.

For more information concerning AT Awareness month, AT Awareness training, Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR), or to request materials with AT awareness, U.S. Army iWATCH, or SAR themes, call the installation AT Office at 608-388-4719/4504.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy AT Office.)