GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is heating up and more people are spending time outdoors. But community members are reminded to maintain appropriate force protection vigilance.
During this time of heightened awareness, Col. Mark Colbrook, commander of USAG Bavaria, encourages everyone to take extra steps in helping to provide for the safety of our community members. Here are four things you need to know.
1. SERVICE MEMBERS CANNOT WEAR THEIR UNIFORMS OFF-POST, EVEN DURING LUNCH
Uniform wear off U.S. Army installations is restricted to and from work while traveling in a private, government or rental vehicle. Uniform wear is prohibited when traveling by motorcycle, bicycle or by foot. Uniforms are not permitted on any form of public transportation.
2. YOU CAN WEAR YOUR ARMY PT UNIFORMS NEAR NETZABERG
Brig. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, is the General Officer for Force Protection at U.S. Army installations in Bavaria, which include Ansbach, Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Illesheim and Vilseck. In April, Cavoli announced that service members conducting physical training up Netzaberg hill outside gate 20 could wear their PT gear. Service members can now wear their Army PT uniforms from gate 20 on Tower Barracks to the intersection of Henry Kissinger Strasse turn-around point, but not anywhere else off post.
3. REDUCE YOUR VISIBLE SIGNATURE
Remove decals and stickers from vehicles which can readily identify you as an American. Do not wear civilian attire distinguishing you as American. Reduce visible signatures in housing areas by not displaying American affiliated flags or banners. Wear civilian clothing when traveling by commercial means and do not carry items such as luggage or backpacks that could imply DOD affiliation. Do not wear the Army uniform when picking up personnel at civilian airports.
4. REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
U.S. Army Europe’s iWatch program is designed to help keep communities safe from terrorist or criminal activity by reporting actions and behaviors that appear suspicious. Use iWatch to submit a report at www.ireport.eur.army.mil/.
These recommendations are not in response to a specific threat, but are due to force protection concerns throughout the European Command area of responsibility.
For more on how to protect yourself, or to report suspicious activity, visit www.eur.army.mil/vigilance.