By Lauren Finnegan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Public AffairsJuly 31, 2019
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- The Joint Base Lewis-McChord community is fortunate to live in a safe environment where threats of terrorism aren't an everyday occurrence. However, that doesn't mean service members, civilians and family members can be any less vigilant.
Although Joint Base Lewis-McChord is considered a safe environment where threats of terrorism aren't necessarily an everyday occurrence, that doesn't mean service members, civilians and family members can be any less vigilant.
The JBLM Garrison hosts Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month throughout the month of August, with focused anti-terrorism education and operations security training to increase awareness and encourage cognizance throughout the base.
"The further we get from 9/11, there's no question we've gotten complacent," said Kirk Johnson, the JBLM emergency management training coordinator. "Every day we seem to put the threat further and further away from our mind, when actually the need for vigilance is high. Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings and know what's going on and really fight that complacency."
The training is a yearly requirement for all service members, civilian personnel and contractors assigned to JBLM. While there is an online option that will also satisfy the training requirement, Johnson urges the base community to attend one of the in person trainings instead.
"It doesn't matter whether you're in Iraq or whether you're in Washington state, all aspects of the online training are the same," Johnson said. "We've done a good job here of taking the topics (the Army) has assigned, and then tailored it specifically to JBLM. We want the folks who are attending to understand, although we're safer here, there are still threats going on."
All of the trainings will include Anti-Terrorism I Awareness and OPSEC Level I, while two of the iterations will include an optional active shooter training portion.
All trainings will be held at 10 a.m. on the following dates and locations:
- Aug. 1, Carey Theater
- Aug. 7, French Theater, includes active-shooter training
- Aug. 13, Carey Theater
- Aug 21, McChord Field Theater
- Aug. 26, McChord Field Theater
- Aug. 28, French Theater, includes active-shooter training
The online option for all Common Access Card holders is hosted on the Joint Knowledge Online Learning Management System at http://jkodirect.jten.mil.