Vigilance – important all year long!

Throughout the  year, your Anti Terrorism Office continuously provides tips for traveling inside and outside of Germany. They have provided a full roster of public awareness programs, campaigns and special training events. They also work closely and train in regular exercises with our host nation partners.

We continue to face persistent and unpredictable threats throughout Europe.  Personnel and community members are encouraged to review and practice individual and family protective measures especially when visiting high population areas such as tourist attractions, fests, sporting venues, concerts, etc.  The Department of State has warned us that extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets.  In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks.  U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations, in particular during the travel season when large crowds may be common.  It is also important to ensure you are registered in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and AtHoc to stay informed and that you are aware of how to report suspicious activity to U.S. or  host nation law enforcement personnel.

To learn more about regular Force Protection activities in the Ansbach community, visit the links below, and follow the advice to assure the safety of you and your family members all year long:

Important links:

AtHoc sign-up for CAC users: AtHoc sign-up (use Internet Explorer)

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): https://step.state.gov/step

Stay Safe (U.S. Army Europe Antiterrorism on Facebook):  Stay Safe

Vigilance advice: Vigilance in Europe

 

Find photos of joint endeavors of U.S. and host nation law enforcement and first responders throughout the year:

Host nation first responders joined forces with U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach personnel for their annual emergency exercise on Urlas Kaserne Sept. 30, 2017:  Joint exercise

The Directorate of Emergency Services hosted a table-top exercise with on- and off-post law enforcement, fire and intelligence agencies at the Von Steuben Community Center June 22, 2017: Table top exercise

U.S. Army investigative and emergency personnel and local German police personnel worked together on a combined functional exercise at Soldiers Lake April 11, 2017:  Lake exercise

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