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 Home                  Mission Statement - 2011

Mission: Recruit, train, mobilize, and deploy U.S. Military veterans in a Unified-Incident-Command anytime the scope of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, pandemic, or community crisis overwhelms or exhausts "Public" sector response assets. Focus on "Economy of Force" during each operational period through the systematic deployment of Homeland Security "Public-to-Private" partnerships. Stand U.S. chartered veteran organizations mission ready to deploy "Private" sector Critical Incident Response Teams (CIRTs) and Visual Intelligence Persons-Environment Recon (VIPER) squads.  learn more 

Strategic Action Plan (SAP)

Merge Public and Private sector Homeland Security mission statements to enhanced interoperability. Learn more

Promote member benefits in Posts, Leagues, and chartered organizations. Click here for a list of Door County Veteran' organizations.  learn more 

Develop.. Homeland Security Public-to-Private Partnerships through veteran organizations. learn more

Mobilize.. Veteran' VIPER Squads and Critical Incident Response Teams (CIRTs).  learn more

Provide.. Veterans with Incident Command and Control training to include Staging Area (SAM) and Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) management.  learn more

Attention Door County veterans! This is a Homeland Security R&D website. Use it as a direct link to your Door County Veteran Service Officer website www.wicvso.org, link to your post' website, and a tool to roll-call, recruit, train, and deploy post' members during any large scale community crisis.      
Call To Action:   Historically, veteran' posts have been able to focus on social gatherings and fund raisers to support community projects and veterans in need.
Unfortunately, increased terrorist' threats of another attack on US soil coupled with an urgent need to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan, sends the clear message that it's time we "assemble-the-troops," "baton-down-the-hatches," "lock-and-load," and train to be "mission-ready" to protect and defend our homeland.
Roll-call! Page down to the next green table...

Welcome! I use this site to: 

  • field test "Private Sector" Homeland Security response protocols taught through my Risk Management Learning Center.  www.RMLearningCenter.com.

From 9-11-01 through 9-11-09 this site was used to:

  • Enlist and motivate post' members VFW Click Here
  • Teach the Incident Command System
  • Mobilize veterans and field test "Private Sector" response protocols during terrorist attacks, disasters, pandemics, or crises that overwhelm or exhaust "Public Sector" response assets. 
  • Join our Special Operations Task Force and learn to map our theater of operation. Click here

For something to think about... Click here 

Door County citizens are rightly proud... of their emergency government', law enforcement', and firefighting professionals. Advanced training, well maintained equipment, and their performance under pressure has gained them the respect of fellow first responders around the state.  Unfortunately, equipment and training doesn't guaranteed the... route to the incident will be clear nor that they'll be a terrorist' secondary target. Also troubling, the public sector is faced with budget cuts and staff turnover due to retirements and troop deployments overseas. Volunteer departments are particularly hard hit... because they depend on younger personnel willing and able to keep up with fast changing firefighting, communication, military, and first responder' technology.       
  • To protect and defend our homeland, veterans need to... capture and secure their military experience, rebuild their Post' armory, study current military protocols, drill to international performance standards, and stand mission-ready to deploy under a "unified" private sector incident command. All Door County veterans, I repeat, "All Door County veterans should consult with our Door County Veteran Service Officer at www.wicvso.org and join a veterans' post close to their home.

Special Operations: Effective 9-11-09 I launched a campaign to recruit... members for all seven Door County posts. You'll find links throughout this web site to our County Veterans Service Officer's site www.wicvso.org, as well as individual post sites such as my VFW post 8337 site at www.VFWPost8337.com and the Door County U.S. Marine Corp League Detachment 1130 site at www.doorpeninsulamcl1130.org.

Note: We'll also provide links to our Basic and AIT learning centers for International Risk Managers. It is important to emphasis, however, that your best source of training might be found at your post level. Many of Door County's finest law enforcement, emergency government, and fire fighter personnel are post members. Post Commanders should keep an updated log of all certified law enforcement, emergency government, firefighter, and first-responder personnel in their ranks. "They should be your first choice when forming a "Unified" command and first choice when selecting drill instructors.   

In addition I'll use this site to encourage veterans to use local law enforcement, emergency government, and fire department websites using direct links as well as links through www.co.door.wi.gov as well as...our state representatives sites.  Considering the terrorist, natural disaster, and pandemic threats we're facing, veteran posts should include Incident Command System training and Homeland Security briefings at their monthly meeting and post monthly Homeland Security updates in their newsletters.  

Our Primary Homeland Security Mission!


The primary mission is...to recruit, train, and deploy Door County veterans under a "Unified" Incident Command anytime Door County stands in harms-way! We used a similar strategy used by emergency governments after the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and a pandemic worst-case scenario.
  1. Step 1: We conducted threat assessments to identify county' vulnerabilities. We also benchmarked the ability of Door County veterans to respond during a terrorist attack, natural or man-made disaster, pandemic, or community crisis if its scope overwhelmed or duration exhausted "Public Sector" response assets.
  2. Step II: We conducted field and table top tests during Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor and Fall Festival in Sister Bay, to benchmark Private Sector' contingency plans, and assess Public-to-Private partnerships deployed during the Ellison Bay gas explosion, severe weather emergencies, ordered evacuations, and requested housing-in-place during the H1N1 pandemic.
  3. Step III: We adopted the same Incident Command System taught to Public Sector' law enforcement, emergency government, and fire fighter personnel to the "Private Sector," writing Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) response protocols for veterans and standardized Risk Management performance standards for our already in place cadre of International Credit Union Risk Managers.
  4. Step IV: We now need to rebuild, better equip, and retrain veterans through their respective veteran posts and chartered veteran organizations.
  5. Step V:  The final, and in some ways most difficult challenge for both Public and Private sectors of society is to maintain common focus and commitment to our national security. With each troop deployment we suffer a draw-down of trained personnel from both Public and Private sectors of society. In addition we suffer from an attrition of  experienced personnel due to an aging population, voluntary and involuntary retirements, and health issues. Consequently, if veterans and their respective veteran posts are to maintain the needed level of ready-ness we need to have an on-going community wide recruiting programs, updated training regiments, and internationally accepted Private Sector response standards.


We must never forget!

We must never apologize for defending our freedom!

Rich Woldt  - US Army  -  Viet Nam  (November 1968 - January 1970)

Past Commander  VFW :Post 8337 Member: AMVET Post 51 and American Legion Post 527

Click here to reach VFW Landing Zone Lambeau!

Click Here to reach VFW Post Websites

Click here to learn more about Door County Veteran' Post's and the Marine Corp League.

Click here for Military Honor' Protocols.


Learn to use the...

County Veteran Service Officer website... www.wicvso.org,

FBI public-to-private partnership website...  www.InfraGard.net

Door County Government sites..  www.co.door.wi.gov,

RMLC R&D websites:

 www.juststolen.net and international homeland security resource sites www.ASIS067.com, www.ACFE.com, www.COPs007.com www.RichWoldt.com

Click Here to reach VFW Post Websites

Click here to learn more about Door County Veteran' Post's and the Marine Corp League.

Learn to use the...

County Veteran Service Officer website... www.wicvso.org,

FBI public-to-private partnership website...  www.InfraGard.net

Door County Government sites..  www.co.door.wi.gov,

RMLC R&D websites:

 www.juststolen.net and international homeland security resource sites www.ASIS067.com, www.ACFE.com, www.COPs007.com www.RichWoldt.com

Local Fire Department web sites:



Roll-Call and Recruiting:

Recommended Homeland Security web links are highlighted in green!

Join and take advantage of Homeland Security programs offered through...   

The American Society of Industrial Security: Go to... www.asis067.com

The Certified Fraud Examiners: Go to... www.ACFE.com.

FBI's public-to-private InfraGard: Go to... www.InfraGard.net

Learn from and use the many excellent....

Door County Government web sites: www.co.door.wi.gov,

Other Homeland Security sites I recommend include:  www.juststolen.net -- www.patriotguard.org -- State Representative Gary Bies

Veterans who are credit union members should use our Risk Management Learning Center... at www.RMLearningCenter.com Join and support your  World Credit Union Movement through a cadre of International Credit Union Risk Managers embedded at every level of the public and private sectors of society. "The Unified Incident Commands we field tested through this site were designed to simultaneously mobilize veteran' Posts by districts and Credit Unions by chapters anytime a crisis overwhelms or exhausts public sector response assets.

The 10 year mission of this site includes recruiting, training, and mobilizing a "Private Sector" international cadre of military/credit union veterans before the next terrorist attack on US soil.

Note: Page down or click here to learn more:

This "Homeland Security" R&D site is owned and management by Risk Management Learning Center faculty! . Learn more 

10 Year Mission Statement learn  more.

2001 to 2010

Our 10 year site mission is to explore cost effective ways to form "Private Sector" Unified Commands and mobilize US military veterans anytime an incident's scope overwhelms or it's duration exhausts public sector' responding assets. Tutorials, white papers, and research support documents are housed at www.RMLearningCenter.com.

This will help you benefit from the growing list of homeland security find many excellent Through this site you'll find public and private sector homeland security resources including law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency government,  and a host of private secsites, private sector VIPER, CIRT, ICS, CARVEL plus Shock, as well as International Risk Management private Sector Basic Training. This site is also used to mobilize a private sector "unified" command if or when public sector response assets are overwhelmed or exhausted. To navigate click on learn more icons.

Rich Woldt - Past Commander Liberty Grove VFW Post 8337

Veteran goals in 2009 include: Increasing post' membership and veteran participation to homeland security, support of our troops, and public to private partnerships.  
  • Homeland Security: Wisconsin deployed 3200 national guard troops overseas leaving behind families who'll need our support and communities who'll need our response if and when they find themselves in harms way. Door County veterans need to:
  1. Form VIPER and CIRT squads... and stand mission ready to respond to the next natural or man-made disaster, terrorist attack, pandemic, or community crises that overwhelms public sector first responders.
  2. Make sure all members know how to...establish a Unified Incident Command, conduct a CARVEL plus Shock threat assessment prior to community events, and how to benchmark their family emergency preparedness and contingency plans semi-annually.
  3. Know how to access...Door County Emergency Government, Law Enforcement, and Fire Fighter web sites through our Door County Government site at: www.co.door.wi.gov, as well as directly access our County Veteran Service Officer site www.wicvso.org, and public-to-private partnership sites www.InfraGard.net and www.juststolen.net and international homeland security resource sites www.ASIS067.com and www.ACFE.com.
  4. Establish liaisons at and mutual aid agreements with... fellow veteran organizations such as Rolling Thunder www.RollingThunderwi3.org and The Patriot Guard Riders www.patriotguard.org as well as local clubs such as the TITAN MCC and North East Wisconsin Bikers Association (NEWBA).
  • Public to Private Partnerships: Throughout history, governments have emphasize the need to form cost effective and mission ready militias and Homeland Security partnerships to defend and protect our citizens. Throughout history governments have emphasized the need to form volunteer financial cooperatives to create economic opportunities, stabilize the economy during depressions, and rebuild the economic infrastructure after a community crisis.
  • It stands to reason that...
  • Veteran organizations such as... the American Legion (AL), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Marine Corp League, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and American Veterans (AMVET) are all well positioned and mission ready to support and mobilize veterans returning from service.
  • The world credit union movement is... positioned better than any other organization, anywhere in the world, anytime in history to come to the aid of victims in need, create jobs where there's unemployment, provide credit in a depressed economy, or rebuild an economic infrastructure around a defined "fields of membership (FOM)" or common bond. FYI... In the late 70's and early 1980's we organize a credit union using Door County as a common bond. The Door County Community Credit Union was chartered at the Lull-Abi Motel in Egg Harbor in the mid 80's to provide consumer credit loans to anyone living or working in Door County. The Door County Community Credit Union subsequently merged into the Pioneer Credit Union which is part of the Brown County Chapter of Credit Unions which is a Member of the Wisconsin Credit Union League, which is a member of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA Inc.) which is a member of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). For more information go to my RM Learning Center at: www.RMLearningCenter.com.
  • In 2009 we'll... train US veterans to be a defense force and the world credit union movement to be an economic development force anywhere in the world and at anytime a credit union member or veteran's family stands in harms way.

Richard Woldt - Commander VFW Post 8337/CEO-The Risk Management Learning Center

Salute to Fallen Veterans  learn more     

Note: Effective 1-1-09 this site will focus on training all veterans through their respective posts, forming mutual aid agreements with veteran organizations throughout the US, and basic training for all Door County based veteran organizations, Door County veterans are directed first to www.wicvso.org. for all their veteran needs and support. This site and www.VFWPost8337.com, www.cops007.com, www.asis067.com, and others owned by me are private sector homeland security research sites focused primarily on forming public-to-private international homeland security partnerships.    Rich Woldt CEO RMLC
Veterans are embedded at every level of the public and private sectors of society. I use this site to train veterans in Basic Risk Management procedures, Incident Command and Control (ICS) protocols, and CARVEL plus Shock threat assessments. We'll use this site to form Strategic Homeland Security Partnerships (SHLSP), record Mutual Aid Agreements, and field test "Private Sector" emergency response operations and Private Sector Critical Incident Response Teams (PS-CIRT) protocols.
When the scope of a crisis overwhelms or its duration exhausts public sector first responders, we'll...
  • focus the world credit union movement on maintaining and rebuilding the economic infrastructure of effected communities.
  • set up "Private Sector" emergency operation centers, and "Private Sector" staging areas and mobilize cost effective unified commands deployed through veteran organizations.
  • Click here to read Basic Training R&D

Our 2009 training will focus on Operational Risk Management, Incident Command and Control (ICS), CARVEL plus Shock threat assessments. focus will remain on safeguarding against terrorist attacks, responding to natural disasters, and deploying "social distancing" protocols during a pandemic.  

Veterans and Credit Union Risk Managers should contact their local Emergency Government, Sheriff's Department, Fire Department, and Credit Union Risk Manager for the latest updates in the Incident Command System!  WOCCU members should also go to www.RMLearningCenter.com and their local CUNA Mutual Group Representative! 


Welcome to Door County Veterans . com

2008 Mission Briefing (Click Here)

I launched this Homeland Security R&D site on the first anniversary of the WTC terrorist attacks. This HLS project studied local, regional, national, and international private-to-private and public-to-private emergency response and recovery partnerships formed during Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan, the tsunami, the bombings at the WTC and Federal Building in Oklahoma City, as well as U.S. wildfires, earthquakes, biological waste spills, BLEVEs, floods and tornados requiring mass housing-in-place or mass evacuations. During 2008 we will continue field test and fine tune private sector response protocols, promote standard private sector' mutual aid agreements, update RM and HLS private sector tutorials, and update our "International Risk Management Performance Standards" for veteran organizations, WOCCU members, and Asian' financial cooperatives.  Veterans, click here to learn more. Credit Union Risk Managers, click here to learn more.

Please read the rest of this page before attending any of our Risk Management or Homeland Security workshops.  Pay particular attention to "Step 1: Forming HLS Partnerships and Establishing HLS Liaisons at all levels of the public and private sectors. Page down or click here to learn more...

We use this site to benchmark the "private sectors" ability to respond to and meet victim needs during a large scale community crisis.

And, "We use this site to merge private sector' crisis management systems into a unified incident command the private sector can deploy when public sector first  responders are overwhelmed by the crisis' scope or exhausted by its duration!" learn more

Basic Training -  "Private" Sector Incident Command & Control!

A Salute to Veterans and The World Credit Union Movement!

This site was launched to support a five year Homeland Security R&D project conducted by faculty at the Risk Management Learning Center (www.RMLearningCenter.com). I salute and thank the many U.S. veterans and veteran organizations who volunteered their time, completed surveys, and supported our field testing operations. I owe a special thank you to the U.S. State Departments of Emergency Management and the Wisconsin law enforcement associations who mentored this project from day one.

I  thank the world credit union movement, and salute the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), CUNA and Affiliates, and CUNA Mutual Group for their leadership during the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks, the tsunami, and every hurricane, flood, tornado, and earthquake since they founding in 1934. And, I salute the credit unions chartered specifically to serve law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency governments, our U.S. military and members working in transportation, telecommunications, and the utilities industries so important to our national economic infrastructure.

NOTE: Our cadre of International Credit Union Risk Managers will be using this site to access our Homeland Security R&D files. Credit Union Chapter Leaders, veterans and Post Commanders will use this site to access our Homeland Security and Incident Command and Control "Basic Training" manuals as well as our Risk Management tutorials and links to project updates. Chapter leadersYou can also reach our business development sites through my personal web site at www.RichWoldt.com 

Rich Woldt - CEO The Risk Management Learning Center


United States Veterans Join Forces with the International Credit Union Movement

HLS Joint Command: Veterans and International Credit Union Risk Managers: Go to www.RMLearningCenter.com and click on "Faculty" icons for your links to CPP, and CFE certification continuing educations. You can also go to www.ASIS067.com or www.ACFE.com directly. Tell them I sent you. Also, go direct to www.InfraGard.net and www.juststolen.net to file incident report for the FBI and law enforcement.

The Role Veterans Play During A Large Scale Community Crisis

Following are excerpts from our Door County Veterans' Operation Logs. Use them to reach case studies, white papers, and Incident Command reports based on crisis in Door County. (Note: Case studies are based on periods of highest population concentration, in communities with limited ability to house-in-place or evacuate.) 

  • Staging Area Management - Based on Hasenjager barn fire in Jacksonport Wisconsin. (ASIS Chapter 067 Projects) learn more
  • Biological Attacks During Fall Festival (RMLC Library) learn more
  • Pandemic Scare During Pumpkin-Patch Festival (RMLC Library) learn more
  • Fighting Wild Fires During a Terrorist Attack (RMLC Library) learn more
  • The Role the Door County Community Credit Union Played During Katrina!
  • The Role Veterans Play during Amber Alerts! (RMLC Library) learn more
  • The Role Veterans Play during a Mass-Evacuation! (WP) learn more
  • The Role Veterans Play during a Terrorist Attack! (WP)  learn more
  • An Overview of Federal Emergency Response Team Training (ASIS Chapter 067 Speakers & Presentations) learn more
  • Basic Homeland Security Training for Veterans (RMLC Curriculum 2008) (Credit Union Risk Managers and CEO's! I recommend you sponsor a Risk Management session at your next credit union chapter meeting.) learn more
  • The Benefit of Embedding Veterans as Liaisons on the Frontlines! learn more
  • A Major League Thank You to our Public Sector First Responders! learn more

Veterans promote HLS Mutual Aid Agreements

TO: All Door County Veterans! During Phase IV and V, we'll sign mutual aid compacts at the national level through the National Headquarters for the VFW, American Legion, AMVETs, and Marine Corp Leagues. We've already formed a mutual-aid network of International Credit Union Risk Managers through the World Council of Credit Unions and the CUNA Mutual Insurance Group. The role Door County continues to play in the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast is a role model of projects we're currently managing through the Caribbean. Door County's private sector can be vary proud of you and your fellow veterans around the world. Future operations and deployments will be managed through the VFW web site network. Go to www.VFWPost8337.com to enlist.   Rich Woldt

U.S. Veteran' Missions & Goals

Our mission? We update Risk Management (RM) strategies for mobilizing the private sector during a terrorist attack, man-made or natural disaster, pandemic, or large scale community crisis. Our goals include speeding up the RM process to more quickly and accurately identify the crisis type, measure the crisis' scope along with the potential for scope creep, and deploy an appropriate and timely risk specific "private" sector unified command.

This HLS project assumes all public sector emergency response unites are in place, adequately staffed, properly equipped, trained and standing mission-ready to respond the vast majority of the time. This site specifically is focused on the role played of the private sector during the first minutes of a life threatening incident and when public sector first responders are either overwhelmed by the scope or exhausted by the duration of the crisis.

Rich Woldt - Commander VFW Post 8337 - Liberty Grove Wisconsin USA 

Missions?  Our mission is to better define the emergency response and recovery role played by the "private" sector during a terrorist attack, natural or man-made disaster, pandemic, or large scale community crisis. Especially those requiring mass housing-in-place or evacuations of more than 2,000 men, women, and children.

We promote the same four phase project development strategy recommended by the Department of Emergency Government for the public sector (law enforcement, fire departments, emergency governments, etc.).

  • Phase I: We benchmark "private" sector contingency and business resumption plan writing, their risk analyses and pre-event self-risk assessments, their written emergency response protocols and their crisis management systems of choice.
  • Phase II: We identify "private sector" common-denominators within U.S. communities to span the gap between segments of the private sector as well as bridge the gap between private and public sector first responders.
  • Phase III: We create templates for enlisting, equipping, training, assembling, and systematically deploying private sector assets within the first 72 hours of any worse case scenario.
  • Phase IV: We establish International Risk Management performance standards for private sector emergency response and recovery volunteers.

Private Sector - Homeland Security Liaisons:

It's a fact! "No one has all the right answers and there are no silver bullets!" Consequently, we establish "closed-loop" feedback systems using veterans and veteran organizations in the United States and the world credit union movement through its credit union chapters, leagues, national and international credit union trade associations. This provides our RM project teams with liaisons embedded at all levels of the private, public, and international segments of society. Adhering to the "concertina" principle of unified command and control, liaison teams expand and contract to meet the needs of the community, region, national, or international community they serve. Following are examples of our liaison templates.  

Click here to view U.S. veteran' "Public Sector" Liaisons!

Click here to view U.S. veteran' "Private Sector" Liaisons!

Click here to view International Risk Management Liaisons!

Tutorial Drafts: These tutorial drafts are used during RMLC workshops. They are not to be copied or distributed without written permission of an RMLC faculty member.  If the links do not work, contact your credit union director of education for assistance.   Rich Woldt


US veterans through their posts and veteran organizations and credit union members through their credit unions, chapters, and trade associations were selected to bridge the gap between industries as well as between any group, club, society, or organization representing a social or business segment of the private sector. InfraGard was selected to bridge the gap between the private and public sectors. While other international private security associations such as ASIS and the FSPA were heavily involved in establishing g international private sector emergency response performance standards, InfraGard consistently was identified as the organization best positioned to coordinate the formation of any public-to-private homeland security partnerships.                   Rich Woldt - VFW Post 8337
Posted 4-1-08:  Effective immediately, www.GuardianVets.com will be used as our primary HLS R&D training site. I know it's under construction but we're already using it as a tutorial in the international credit union movement. This will complete the integration of sites supporting our  U.S. veterans and our WOCCU/International Credit Union Risk Management projects.

www.VFWPost8337.com will be used specifically for basic and advanced RM training for veterans. Everyone, should download the VFW tool bar and become familiar with the HLS training as well as the "radio" functions. We're working to broadcast Door County League Baseball via that radio system.  Use the links below to access our public, private, and international liaisons. Note, these are templates. The actual persons in each liaison post will change over time.        Rich Woldt 

This page is set up to be printed as a handout during basic training. If read on line the links should hotlink you to appropriate public sector web sites. Note: I attempt to color code our R&D sites to help researchers track their input. Gray usually is dated status reports from me. Green has something to do with Homeland Security, red and yellow are used to guide students, and white is usually the most current updates. Rich Woldt - VFW Post 8337 Liberty Grove

Welcome to www.DoorCountyVeterans.com.

This is a U.S. Veteran' Homeland Security research and development site managed by The Risk Management Learning Center at: www.RMLearningCenter.com. We launched it as a teaching tool for the "private" sector. Its focus is on what the "private" sector can do during any community crisis who's scope overwhelms or duration exhausts public sector first responders. This site was created to answer the call from the Department of Homeland Security to design, develop, and deploy a "private" sector response during the next terrorist attack, man-made or natural disaster, pandemic, or large scale community crisis.

This site is constantly under construction but not often updated. I use it to HLS tutorials and research papers for veteran and veteran organizations in the private sector. For example, click here to reach project R&D files for our veteran liaison project. During this project we created a local, district, state, national and international network of HLS liaisons we'd use to form a unified command comprised of US veterans and the world credit union movement. The project included creating functional public-to-private homeland security partnerships focused on combating terrorist threats and preparing the private sector for the next man-made or natural disaster, pandemic, or large scale community crisis requiring either mass housing-in-place or a mass evacuation.

Veteran' HLS Partnerships depend on Veteran' HLS Liaisons!:


Building cost effective and efficient public-to-private sector HLS partnerships required us to build an internet based network of domestic and international public and private sector liaisons. Click on one of the following buttons to reach the liaison templates we created for Door County. Note, these are templates we'll use in our RMLC tutorials. The actual person in each position will depend on the private sector organization using the template.

Click here to view U.S. veteran' "Public Sector" Liaisons!

Click here to view U.S. veteran' "Private Sector" Liaisons!

Click here to view International Risk Management Liaisons!

Click here to view our five year Homeland Security Mission Statement!

Click here to preview "Private Sector" Homeland Security tutorial template!

Click here for "unified" command  briefing from Hurricane Ivan in Jamaica!

Click here for briefing on 1st responder protocols!

Click here for briefing on contingency planning!

Click here for briefing on mass-evacuations controllable crime scenes!

Future tutorials should be downloaded from www.RMLearningCenter.com

Always go to your Door County Director of Emergency Management for the latest Door County Homeland Security training, handouts, posters, etc. Go to www.co.door.wi.gov

  • Homeland Security projects and programs promoted at this site are strictly for the private sector of society. All tutorials and templates are designed to be used anywhere in the world, by any company, business association, club, society, or group of any size or organizational structure. Credit unions should go to www.RMLearningCenter.com for credit union specific HLS and Risk Management training and tutorials.


This site has been parked which means you can now go to individual post sites or www.wicvso.org for what I call a link to the world of veterans. For example, go to www.vfwpost8337.com and join the VFW. While there, download the VFW toolbar and complete the Door County Veteran' Roll Call. That site will link you to Door Co. law enforcement, fire fighter, and emergency government sites as well as our veteran' liaisons in the public, private, and international sectors. Until further notice this site will be used as a pass-through site for veteran posts chartered in Door County.

Log into www.wicvso.org, introduce yourself to your County Veteran' Service Officer - Scott McFarlane and as Scott says, "Get the benefits you deserve! You've earned them!"

Remember: Rebuilding our economy starts at home so:

  • Shop locally
  • Support business within your community, and
  • When you're looking to invest or for a home in or near Milwaukee Wisconsin area go to:  www.Kevinwoldt.com and talk to my brother!


Rich Woldt

Past Commander VFW Post 8337

Cell # 608-712-7880

We'll never forget nor be caught off guard!

All Veterans and Post Commanders:  I've formed a global response to the next terrorist attack. Click here to join our mutual aid "pack", and learn more about our Homeland Security, VIPER, and CIRT Basic Training.  Go to www.VFWPost8337.com to:
  • Download the VFW tool bar!
  • Take tours listed in left column
  • Join the post of your choice
  • Get involved! 

Scott McFarlane Door County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO)Place www.wicvso.org in your favorites

A three member "Veterans Commission" appointed by the Door County Board of Supervisors hires a "Veteran's Service Officer" to administer veterans affairs in Door County. There is also a "Veteran's Council" made up of two representatives from each post. Go to www.wicvso.org for more information.

There are four American Legion posts in Door County (Post 72 in Sturgeon Bay, Post 372 in Maplewood, Post 527 in Sister Bay, and Post 402 on Washington Island), three Veteran of Foreign War (VFW) posts (Liberty Grove Post 8337, Fish Creek Post 9290, and Sturgeon Bay post 3088), one AMVET Post 51 in Sturgeon Bay, one Marine Corp League Detachment 1130 in Sturgeon Bay and the Cooties Post 43 in Sturgeon Bay. (Yes, I know the Cooties have not been seen for awhile, but they're out there somewhere so be ready to party the next time one crosses your path).

Rich Woldt   Lifetime VFW Member

Mutual Aid Agreements 2009 Homeland Security Private Sector Partnerships

We've reduced the time it takes to assemble private sector' CIRT and VIPER squads, form Unified Commands and establish private sector' Emergency Operations Centers (EOC's) and Staging Areas.
  • We updated our private sector EOC, Staging Area, and on-site Incident Command Post (ICP).
  • We've updated our private sector deployment protocols to include "best practices" from RMLC post crisis surveys between 2001 and 2009.
  • We've established an on-line mustering/roll-call and command system to merge veteran' and International CURM response and recovery assets.
  • We continue to build liaisons with national biker organizations such as Rolling Thunder www.RollingThunderwi3.org and The Patriot Guard Riders www.patriotguard.org as well as local clubs such as the TITANs and NEWBA.and 

 Note: For security reasons credit unions not already logged into these programs are asked to go through either their league, chapter, or CMG representatives to be properly identified and qualified to join. At a minimum credit union, league and chapter liaisons must have been accepted into InfraGard.       


We're a "Home-Rule" Society


Let it be done!

The USA is a "Home-Rule" society. We're responsible and accountable for our own  law and order. When our community grows, we collectively elect County/Shire Riffs and hire Police/Garda Chiefs to enforce our laws. To help ensure our health safety, we assemble and train fire fighters and empower one to take command when our community stands in harms way. As a community we hire, equip, train and retrain emergency response teams appropriate to risks created by our society and unique to each community. When "single commands" escalate to "unified," when the crisis scope overwhelms or the duration exhausts, public-to-private partnerships respond to rescue victims and rebuild communities.

Terrorist Target Characteristics:

Terrorist' target characteristics include concentrated populations, a high initial body count, vulnerable secondary targets, vulnerable communication links, and global media attention. Combat strategies include recruiting embedded liaisons, triggering attacks off any community crisis, and franchising operations to extremists.

Our "Private" Sector Veteran' unified command starts with 12 positions commanded by the Post Commander closest to the incident scene. Our "Private" Sector Credit Union unified command starts with 12 positions commanded by the Chairman of the Board of Directors from the credit union closest to the incident scene. Both have only one Incident Commander and both adopt to the incident scope and potential for scope creep (Concertina Principle).

Public Sector Homeland Security Strategic Initiatives

After the terrorist' attacks of 9-11-01 our Public Sector launched a four year project to hire, equip, train, and deploy public sector response assets based on incident type, scope, and potential for scope creep. When Hurricane Katrina systematically overwhelmed our Public Sector a call went out from the Department of Homeland Security to mobilize a Private Sector response following the same Incident Command System required of Public Sector' Law Enforcement, Emergency Governments, and Fire Fighters.

International Private Sector Incident Command and Control Performance Standards that evolved since 9-11-01, the tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina include:

  • A 72 hour stand-alone protocols for companies with more than 500 employees.

  • Improved "High-rise evacuation protocols.

  • Upgraded Contingency Plans, Business Continuity Plans, Business Resumption Plans, and Management Succession Plans,

  • Expanded Executive Protection protocols to include CEOs, Boards of Directors and their family members.

  • Branch Banking protocols to include liquidity management programs during mass housing-in-place and mass evacuations.

  • Formation of Public-to-Private Sector Partnerships following Incident Command System and National Incident Management System policies, procedures, and protocols.

  • P-to P Partnerships must be based on a worst case scenario that includes a 9-11-01 scope terrorst' attacks, natural and man-made disasters, pandemic, and a large scale/level 3 community crisis.

  • Private Sector ICS performance standards include:

  • Operational Period #1: Stabilizing victims, defining the incident type, estimating the incident scope, predicting the potential for incident cope creep, and speeding public sector response personnel and assets to the scene.

  • Operational Period #2: Set up incident appropriate "Private Sector" Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), Staging Areas, and Mobile Command Centers three miles from ground zero.

  • Operational Period #3: Mobilize a Veteran - Credit Union Movement Unified Command focused on victim recovery and community reconstruction.

Benefits from this project include:
  • To ensure a coordinated response during the next terrorist attack, natural or man-made disaster, pandemic, or large scale community crisis, we adopted the Incident Command System (ICS) to the private sector and adopted NIMS as a private sector emergency response vocabulary.
  • To improve communications we created a network of public/private sector liaisons capable of 24/7 "closed-loop" secured communications, and flexible enough to adjust to any and all  unified command structures.
  • To better support public sector first responders when the incident scope overwhelms their ability to respond or incident scope creep exhausts their response and recovery assets, we created private sector supply lines to reinforce both public sector personnel and their response/recovery assets.
  •  To reduce confusion and improve communications during the next crisis, we've improved private sector EOC and Staging area floor plans, simplified private sector incident plan writing, introduced GPS into private sector logistics, established standard claims settlement and claims adjusting procedures for the private sector Incident Command - Chief of Finance.


Thank You Door County!

Your support and cooperation during this 5 year RMLC Homeland Security project will not be forgotten.

"Effective and efficient Public to Private Homeland Security Partnerships work when they operate separate and distinct from each other until one reaches out to the other and requests a "Unified" response properly focused on the best interests of victims and their community in harms way"

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Rich Woldt CPP, CFE, CEO ----     The Risk Management Learning Center


Question?  I'm often asked, "How does this study relate to what the US public sector is already doing?"

Answer: Our public sector first responders i.e. law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency governments, etc. are our first line of defense. After Katrina, it became obvious that at some point our first line of defense can and will be overwhelmed by the scope or exhausted by the duration of the crisis. The order went out from the top levels of the public sector to launch an initiative focused on mobilizing the private sector if and when they're needed. This study was an answer to that call. 

Question?  What role did Door County play in this five year Homeland Security Study?

Answer: Because I was born and raised in Fish Creek and have now retired in Sturgeon Bay, it was convenient to use use Door County as a role model for the world. While Door County represented less than 1/10 of one per cent of the counties/parishes/shires studied, it was convenient for collecting visuals for Risk Management case studies, tutorials, and videos. In the study, Door County was pooled with Pitkin County (Aspen) Colorado, Jamaica, Ireland, So. Korea, Hawaii, and coastal regions of the United Kingdom. Why? All pose similar Risk Management challenges. For example, all have similar population concentrations that fluctuate based on international tourism. Door County is on a peninsula and Aspen is in a valley. Consequently, emergency response protocols are similar. Both need to focus heavily on housing-in-place during the first operational period, preparing shelters to stand-alone for the national standard 72 hours. If a mass evacuation is ordered, both counties and communities pose the same terrorist threats, transportation bottle necks, and pandemic' "social distancing" challenges. Door County is unique because communities on the west side of the peninsula along highway 42 face distinctly different risks than communities along highway 57. And, in my top ten list of reasons I used Door County in this study, I've been involved with law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency government in Door County since the 1950s.

Each study group was benchmarked annually, comparing where they were to where they were expected to be based on benchmarks set by US emergency government and homeland security performance standards. Door County residents can be proud of our public sector. Note: to avoid any bias, everyone studied was given a coded number so benchmarking judged only the performance and not the person.

Benefits from this project include:

  • To ensure every man, women, and child in the private sector is on-board before the next terrorist attack, natural or man-made disaster, pandemic, or large scale community crisis, we developed a series of private sector "basic training" tutorials and field tests to benchmark the private sector's readiness to respond.
Without a doubt the most enjoyable part of this Homeland Security R&D project was having an opportunity to learn from Public and Private sector professionals who willingly and without reservation shared their knowledge and experience. I will always cherish the time we shared. I will always look forward to the next time our paths cross. I'm confident, whether we meet during the next tornado, gas explosion, toxic waste spill, wildfire, flood, pandemic or terrorist attack we'll together step-up-to-the-plate and work together like a well oiled machine under a community "unified" command!


I owe a special thank you to Door County's Public Sector for the role they played during our field testing of "private sector" emergency response and recovery protocols.


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Rich Woldt - VFW Post 8337 Commanding 

A message to all our elected officials!

Now is NOT the time to cut back on missile defenses or limit our ability to collect intelligence needed to stop the next terrorist attack.

If you have read this far. Thank you!

Now it's time to either fish or cut bait. It's time to stand up for what you believe or continue to stand in the shadows and wait for someone else to fight your fight.

It is my opinion, and I'll admit it's not an opinion shared by all veterans or veteran organizations; in my opinion, our current Commander in Chief and his socialist Czars are leading us into another Viet Nam style war. His failure to listen to his Generals or act decisively, his apologetic, egocentric baring, and his naive approach to North Korea and Iran, and his blind willingness to close offshore prisons and consolidate international and domestic terrorist populations are all guaranteeing the war on terrorism will soon be fought on US soil.  

If you voted for him, you have my sympathy as I'm sure you're embarrassed and disappointed. Fortunately, no one needs to know who you voted for, unless you tell them.

I placed this final thought at the end of my home page because to manage this site I needed to stay politically neutral. Now however, in good conscience I must divert my energy to "telling it like it is."

My final instructions to my fellow Door County Veterans is "Carry on" as you see fit!

Rich Woldt ---

Viet Nam Vet and Proud to carry on our fight for freadom!


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Posted 1-1-08

VFW Post 8337' Homeland Security

Research and Development (R&D) Site

Mission Accomplished

 Please read before using this site!

This web site was launched as part of a Department of Homeland Security R&D project focused on building more effective and efficient "public-to-private" partnerships in the war on terrorism. To conform with HLS public sector' dictates, the Incident Command System (ICS) was adopted as the incident  management system to be taught in the U.S. private sector and NIMS terminology was adopted as the incident management vocabulary. For this web site, Public sector law enforcement was represented by Wisconsin's County Sheriffs and Sheriff's associations, Wisconsin's Chiefs of Police and Chiefs of Police associations. The Wisconsin National Guard and all US military personnel mentored by Major General (Retired) Al Wilkening appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to lead the States citizen and volunteer emergency preparedness efforts and Brigadier General Donald P. Dunbar, Adjutant General of Wisconsin (effective 9-1-07). General Dunbar is responsible for the federal and state missions of the Wisconsin National Guard and the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Government. He is also the governor's Homeland Security Advisor and chairs the governor's Homeland Security Council. Specific to this web site study only, public sector emergency management was represented by public sector personnel under the direction and control of Johnnie Smith the Director of Wisconsin Emergency Management. That did include all Wisconsin Fire Chiefs and Emergency Metical Technicians (EMTs,) hospital and Department of Health and Social service agencies and their "professional" associations.

It is critically important to underscore that at no time did this study judge or criticize the performance, training, or dedication of an individual or department representing the public sector. To avoid bias, all public sector employees studied were given a coded number so only by having access to our key-codes would researchers know the identify of those being critiqued. In addition, this study involved over 300 counties/parishes in the US so the impact Door County's public sector statistically had on project conclusions was negligible at best. Although many visuals documenting HLS protocols came from Door County, statistically Door County's public sector represented less than 1/10 of one per-cent of the public sector agencies involved in the RMLC International Homeland Security study.   

The "Private Sector" represented in the study included credit unions belonging to WOCCU (The World Council of Credit Unions), chartered volunteer organizations and their respective U.S. State and Federal associations, US military veterans and their chartered posts, and chartered U.S. State and Federal veteran' associations.

From a world credit union standpoint, this study resulted in the "International Credit Union Risk Management" performance standards we teaching at www.RMLearningCenter.com and the emergency response and recovery protocols that will be taught through a "Basic Training" program under development at www.VFWPost8337.com.

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