Use force protection awareness during the holidays

By Steven R. Watts
Antiterrorism Officer
Installation Management Command–Europe 

The next two months include a number of holiday celebrations and events that  could be potential targets for terrorism.  In addition to holiday fests and markets, other locations such as sporting events, tourist sites,  restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship and the transportation sector may be at elevated risk.

Everyone should maintain a high level of situational awareness and apply appropriate measures to reduce the risk of a terror attack, such as shopping during non-peak hours, avoiding areas near vehicle access points and minimizing time spent in unsecured areas of airports and other mass-transit nodes.

Report suspicious activity immediately, and ensure two way communication with your unit and family for accountability.

Enjoy the holidays and your time in Europe, but exercise caution and stay vigilant.