By Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and SecurityAugust 27, 2010
FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans Training Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) hosted the second annual Threat Management Team (TMT) Conference Aug. 12.
David Cochran, chief, DPTMS Security Branch said the event highlighted the need to form partnerships with intelligence-, security-, law-enforcement and emergency-management assets at the local, state and federal levels.
The purpose of the conference was to facilitate networking, enhance the knowledge of the TMT members, and continue to build an intelligence nexus designed to mutually support the fight against terrorism and other threats at all levels within the southwestern Wisconsin region.
Cochran said the timing of the TMT Conference could not have been better as the Department of the Army declared August as "Antiterrorism Awareness Month." As a result, Cochran's team has been distributing "iWatch" products across the installation. These security tips included active-shooter response, warning signs of terrorism, etc.
Positive feedback from the 2009 conference provided the way ahead for the 2010 event. According to the surveys handed out and returned, 2010 was another great year. With guest speakers from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority the subject matter ranged from basic terrorism awareness to complex discussions on the terrorism screening center, suspicious activity reporting and the history of the Al Shabaab terrorist organization in the Midwest.
One speaker, Christina Burhans, attended as a result of a Department of Homeland Security grant. Burhans' training focused on community awareness. More than 40 personnel were trained, and Burhans challenged TMT Conference attendees to take what they had learned to train 50 more personnel.
Cochran said DPTMS holds the TMT Conference to enhance intelligence support for the protection of the entire Fort McCoy work force, to form vital partnerships with communities and as an information sharing nexus made up of professionals from multiple agencies.
Accurate, timely and relevant intelligence is the catalyst to the installation's collective safety and security, he said.