U.S. European Command officials notified servicemembers today to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings during the holiday season, aligning with a worldwide travel alert put out by the U.S. State Department Nov. 24.
Servicemembers, civilians, and family members are encouraged to be extra vigilant around areas of public transportation, such as train stations and airports, as well as celebrations that attract large crowds, such as Christmas markets or New Years Eve festivities involving large crowds of people and fireworks.
U.S. European Commander General Philip Breedlove emphasized these security messages during a recent all-hands call with servicemembers in the Stuttgart area last week.
“We want the same number of people to arrive back at work in
the New Year as we have with us today, ” he said.
That means everyone — servicemembers, civilians, and family members — should be on alert whether they are staying in the local area or traveling throughout Europe.
People should report any suspicious activity to the military police, local police, or your service’s investigative division.
In Europe, people are to dial 1-1-2 in the event of an emergency.
EUCOM continually assesses potential threats to its forces with and
alongside host nation counterparts across the European theater while implementing various measures and security enhancements at facilities across its area of responsibility based upon those assessments.
For alerts and travel restrictions, refer to this page as well as the U.S. State Department at http://travel.state.gov.