Army Europe’s Antiterrorism and Force Protection Office is reminding personnel about the importance of taking appropriate actions to ensure personal safety while taking part in off-post celebrations and public events.
Although this is especially important at large commemorative events, festivals and holiday celebrations, it is also an important reminder for daily routines as well.
Current policies prohibit the wear of uniforms off-installation without general officer approval. Leaders at all levels understand these type of events are inspirational and offer effective team-building opportunities.
The off-post uniform restrictions don’t mean personnel stationed in Europe can’t participate in events off-post, it just means they can’t wear their duty uniforms.
The Department of State updated its worldwide travel alert, indicating that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL; Al-Qaida, and other terrorist groups and self-inspired persons continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.
Large events may appear as targets of opportunity for terrorism, so it is prudent for all participants to take appropriate measures to reduce risk for themselves and others.
U.S. Army Europe encourages all service members, civilian and contract employees and their family members to review the Travel Safe website, which highlights travel restrictions, travel alerts and warnings, and contains links for the Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide, and the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP.