Veterans share a common mission:

Door County Veterans are committed to protecting and defending the United States of America." Three VFW posts, four American Legion posts, one AMVET post, and our Marine Corp League Detachment 1130 assemble at least monthly to ensure members are mission ready to deploy when county residents stand in harms way.                Rich Woldt

Door County vets have launched two "Special Operations" to land all our Vietnam vets safely on the ground inside Landing Zone Lambeau and make sure our 5 Vietnam vets Killed in Action are properly honored throughout the four days at LZ Lambeau.





Special Operations - Boots-on-the-Ground

* To order a wreath to be placed at the WALL for our KIAs call Parmentier Florist, 1369 9th Street, Green Bay, WI, at 920-494-2254

* To order LZ Lambeau bike and pole flags call Fly-me-Flag at 920-435-FLAG (3524) or go to:



5 Basic ICS Principles to Remember:

  1. There is only ONE (1) Incident Commander per organization.
  2. The ideal command structure has three (3) to seven (7) direct reports; never more than twelve (12).
  3. Remember the "Concertina" effect!  The "Unified" command structure expands and contracts with the incident's scope and potential for scope creep.
  4. The first person to the scene must "take command," establish a "Single" command to determine the incident' type, scope, and potential for scope creep; and based on the facts, requests an appropriate "Unified" command be deployed.
  5. Public-to-Private Homeland Security Partnerships will form more easily, respond more quickly, and perform more efficiently when all segments of both public and private sectors of society speak the same Incident Command and Control System language.
Mission Boots-on-the-Ground: Door County residents will locate and land all Door County Vietnam Veterans with family members of the five (5) Killed-in-Action (KIA) inside Lambeau Field Saturday Night, May 22, 2010.   

Doors open 5:30 p.m. - Show begins at 21:30 (7 p.m.)

Mission Rubber-hits-the-Road: Five Door County veterans were Killed in Action (KIA) during the Vietnam War. On Friday, May 21 the Northeast Wisconsin Bikers Association (NEWBA) will lead a one-way memorial ride from Northport to LZ Lambeau; symbolic of our five who never made it home. At the southern county line bikers will split like the Blue Angels' maneuver; one squadron of at least five will head for Timber Rattler Stadium to meet up with the 1244 Rolling Thunder riders coming from La Crosse, a second squadron will head for LZ Lambeau to form a "flag line" through which the 1244 will ride, and a third squadron will lead the remaining bikes and vehicles to Pioneer Credit Union parking lot at 825 Morris Ave. two clicks due south of Lambeau Field.  Attention bikers: Click here for the most current information on this ride.    
I recommend everyone go to both and before any deployment!      

Consider the following "Best Practices" practiced by WOCCU member (The World Credit Union Movement)  click here for more "Best Practices"

Credit Unions/Banks, Door County Business Community, schools, students, scouts, clubs, associations, etc., following are ideas you might consider: Note, The Wisconsin credit union movement has mobilized to support "Welcome Home Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans to LZ Lambeau."

Contact your credit union and credit union chapter leaders to learn more about their support. For example:

Use any of their night depositories to make donations and ATM to make withdrawals!

  • Donate to help cover LZ Lambeau and Moving WALL expenses: Make checks payable to: VFW 8th District Quartermaster and send it to VFW District 8 Commander Steve Conto, 1031 Elmwood Drive, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952.
  • Donate to support Door County Veterans in need: Make checks payable to: The Veterans Service Council, and mail to Door County CVSO: Scott McFarlane, Government Center, Attn:  Veterans Office, 421 Nebraska St. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2225
  • Promote "Welcome Home Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans" in credit union, bank, business and association news letters and on websites.
  • Forward links for and to your friends, neighbors, business associates, fellow veterans, and family of those Killed in Action. Forward a link to all your sponsors, dependencies, regulators, Chapter and League Officials.
  • Use the professionally created promotion materials from the website and the not-so-professionally created posters and tri folds from my website.
  • Other Ideas:
    • Flying the LZ Lambeau flag high and proud and wearing your credit union, bank, and company colors during LZ Lambeau.
    • Go to to purchase flags and for other decal ideas.  Click on Ticketing Info icons and purchase tickets for those who may not be able to afford to attend the Saturday night ceremonies.
    • Schedule Wednesday, May 19 as a day to learn more about the history and our country during the Vietnam War. Click on: The Vietnam War  and Portraits and go to the Home - LZ Lambeau links for a Vietnam history lesson.
    • Review the LZ Lambeau Schedule Events Calendar and consider ways to support our  Motorcycle Honor Ride. For Example encouraging employees to be outside when our riders go past your building.  all the events scheduled to include.


Schools and Youth Groups: Consider all of the above, and:

  • Fly the LZ Lambeau flag high and proud in front of your school.
  • Wear your school colors during the LZ Lambeau weekend.
  • Go to to purchase flags, decals, and other logoed items.
  • Click here  for a "white" pdf handouts to forward and post in schools, local businesses, etc.; and here for a pdf copy in green. Please forward and post these ASAP in churches, bars, restaurants, everywhere around the world.
School officials and scout leaders should coordinate support efforts with Mike "Shorty" Zindars at   414-640-9474 or email him at   

Click here for a tri-fold "Event Schedule" for Door County Vets

Our goal is to alert everyone to this once in our life-time event!

Students have an unique and exciting roll to play during LZ Lambeau. Knowing 1,000 times more about cell phones and computers than most Vietnam vets, students are best equipped to come to the aid of vets found wondering around Lambeau Field. I encourage all students to contact Vietnam vets in their family, their neighborhood, their church, etc. and offer to help the vet get on-line to answer the Roll-call survey.

During LZ Lambeau, we may need students as translators.

Refer to our Memorial Ride for our 5 Vietnam vets Killed in Action.  I encourage students to use Wednesday May 19 as a day focused on learning about the Vietnam War and if we can schedule the ride past their school to come out and wave like they've never waved before!  

Schools/Scouts/Youth Groups: Thank you for helping support veterans needing assistance entering and exiting vehicles, moving around LZ Lambeau, and for policing the area. Thank you also for whatever you can do to establish reliable communications between LZ Lambeau organizers, Veterans, and guests. This includes assisting with cell phone calls and texting. School officials and scout leaders should coordinate support efforts with Mike "Shorty" Zindars at 414-640-9474 or email him at







Special Operations - Rubber-hits-the-Road


Veteran Bikers: The Door County leg of the 1244 Memorial Ride which is now up to over 1900 bikes will be led by our Northeast Wisconsin Bikers Association (NEWBA) President Owen "OB1" Burgwin. OB1 will act as Incident Commander and Liaison Officer, TITAN MC has appointed an Operation Chief/Road Captain, as well as Planning and Logistics Chiefs. I'll act as Liaison with all Finance Chiefs for Operation "Welcome Home Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans, Boots-on-the-Ground and Rubber-hits-the-Road.
Note: Our American Flag always goes on the right. Lets put LZ Lambeau flag far left with POW and MIA flags in the middle with club colors.  

Ride Route: Our Planning and Logistics Chiefs warn that the route might change at any time due to road work, accidents, detours, weather, etc. So, monitor this site for any last minute updates and changes.

Our Door County leg of the LZ Lambeau Memorial ride will start in Gills Rock at 0700 Hours Friday May 21, Stop at Danny's Viking Grill in Ellison Bay, leaving the Viking Grill at 0800. The ride will follow #42 past Gibraltar High to Egg Harbor than turn East on "T" winding through the country to the NEWBA Memorial Grounds, than to #57 before Institute so we pass Sevastopol High School, than South into and through Sturgeon Bay so we pass Sturgeon Bay High than on to Southern Door High and on to LZ Lambeau.

Like the "Blue Angles" after leaving Door County, some riders will head "code red" to Appleton to meet up with the 1244 coming from La Crosse, some will head for LZ Lambeau to form a "Flag-line" through which the 1244 will ride, and the rest with other vehicles in the ride will head for the Pioneer Credit Union parking lot at 825 Morris Ave. two clicks due south of Lambeau Field.


Safety Officer Briefing

Most bikers in the ride will be experience bikers who've ridden in formation, however, not all will have ridden their bikes in the past 20 years. Therefore it's critically important for all riders to review DOT riding Rules and Regulations as well as the biker' recognized hand signals. Click here to review your motorcycle hand-signals.

Many riders will be over 50, on medications, and possibly not in the same shape they were in while fighting in Vietnam. Consequently, I recommend the following:

Ride Safe and Be-prepared to stop!

Click here to review your motorcycle hand-signals!

  • Duck tape a sealed envelope with (at least 12 aspirins, band-aids, a list of critical medications you're taking to include dosage and frequency, and personal emergency contact information to include family and doctor phone numbers. Click here to upload and carry our first responder protocols!
  • Carry water and food for a three hour ride.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit, hand sanitizer, and moist towelettes.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Dust mask or cotton tee shirt, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting with duck tape to shelter-in-place during a storm.
  • Moist towels, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench, pliers, screw diver (hex and regular).
  • State road map.
  • "Listen-up during all Road Captain briefings!

               FYI: Wisconsin State Patrol has asked bikers to limit the size of bike flags to the standard flag that fits on your carrier. It's a safety consideration. They will be allowing larger flags on the ride between Appleton and Green Bay. Also. to get into Lambeau Field Saturday night: Due to the Christmas terrorist the security at Lambeau Field is now under Federal security access standards. That means NO chains, NO knives and even military issued can openers, NO chain belts, nothing that can be detached from your jacket and used as a weapon. You'll have one chance to secure it in your bike but you'll lose your place in line. Second time through it will be confiscated and NOT returned.




Information Officer Briefing

First responders rank communications such as staying in touch, knowing where their at all times, and feeling their well informed of what lay ahead, as their top priority during any life threatening mission. It's no different when you leave home to ride with 1244 bikers across Wisconsin.  I recommend the following:
  • Register for the ride from La Crosse! To join Rolling Thunder click here.
  • Register for the Door County leg of the Memorial Ride honoring 5 Door County veterans Killed in Action. Click here to register for our ride leaving Northport Friday morning, May 21, 2010.








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Veterans all speak the now famous Incident Command System language they learned under fire. They need only do a few push ups and refresh their basic training skills to be mission ready before the next terrorist attack. For advanced Individual training to to:, and and get ready to attack!

 click here

Wisconsin is a "Home Rule" state. It's important to know who's responsible for what and how to get help when you're in harms way.
Go to: and identify at least 5 links to educational resources important to our community and forward them to your school Principal, Company President/CEO, Risk Manager, and Contingency Plan Writers.
Go to:   Sign up for a "free" course in how to prepare for a worst case scenario and share what you learn with your friends, family, and fellow students/employees.  


Welcome to Advanced Individual Training (AIT)


Operation "Welcome Home Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans to LZ Lambeau" and "Boots-on-the-Ground" gave us an excellent opportunity to "benchmark" our veterans and veteran organizations and "Field Test" our CIRT (Critical Incident Response Teams), our VIPER (Visual Intelligence of Persons and our Environment Reconnicence) Squads, and our ICS (Incident Command System) protocols. Your now ready for Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

So let's review our goals:

Rich Woldt - Past Commander Liberty Grove VFW Post 8337

Veteran' Goals include:
  • Building strong mission ready veteran organizations across the U.S. that are effectively equipped and trained to come to the rescue of a community standing in harms way!

In my opinion, most VFW, American Legion, AMVET, Marine Corp League, and other chartered veteran organizations are poorly equipped, not adequately trained, and lacking the leadership needed to effectively guard our homeland before, let alone respond during, or recover after the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.    Rich Woldt

  • 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. All veteran' organizations 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:, as well as directly access our County Veteran Service Officer site, and public-to-private partnership sites and and international homeland security resource sites and
  4. Establish liaisons at and mutual aid agreements with... fellow veteran organizations such as Rolling Thunder and The Patriot Guard Riders 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:
  • 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 for all their veteran needs and support. This site and,,, 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 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 ( 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 

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 and click on "Faculty" icons for your links to CPP, and CFE certification continuing educations. You can also go to or directly. Tell them I sent you. Also, go direct to and 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 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, 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. 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

This is a U.S. Veteran' Homeland Security research and development site managed by The Risk Management Learning Center at: 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

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

  • 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 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 for what I call a link to the world of veterans. For example, go to 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, introduce yourself to your County Veteran' Service Officer - Scott McFarlane and as Scott says, "Get the benefits you deserve! You've earned them!"

Call To Action:   Historically, veterans' 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.
As we learn of Obama's failure to listen to his Generals in the field, his willingness to integrate international and domestic terrorists on US soil, his now obvious willingness to enlist without vetting avowed Communists and Socialists into his administration, his drive to disarm US citizens, his appologies for who we are and the fights we've fought for freedom, his efforts to nationalize banks, take over General Motors, and turn health care into a Socialist entitlement obligation of tax payers, we veterans both standing alone and together must be willing to pay the ultimate price for our freedom. We all must take up arms and vow to fight not tomorrow but today. 

The color "Green!" Remember it!

It's used to get your attention during a disaster, terrorist attack, or any large scale community crisis. Watch for flashing "Green" lights at Emergency Operation Centers, Staging Areas, and onboard first responder' and mass-evacuation vehicles. We also use "Green" to highlight Special Operation' protocols, Mutual Aide agreements, Homeland Security alerts, Incident Command tutorials, as well as Visual Intelligence Recon (VIPER) and Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) briefings.   Rich Woldt                                                               

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 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 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 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 and The Patriot Guard Riders 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"

Click here to view veteran' "Public Sector" Liaisons!

Click here to view veteran' "Private Sector" Liaisons!

Click here to view International Risk Management Liaisons!

Click here to view VFW Post 8337 Bulletin Board!

Click here to preview "Private Sector" Homeland Security tutorials!


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.

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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 and the emergency response and recovery protocols that will be taught through a "Basic Training" program under development at

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