A message from the USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Office

 

The next few weeks 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.


 

As we approach the holiday season we want to remind everyone to maintain situational awareness.

 

Force Protection Tri-Fold

 

In recent years, terrorists in Europe have plotted against civilian, military and other official targets. Civilian targets have included tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, concert halls, sporting arenas, festivals and shopping malls.

 

Military targets have included installations and Soldiers off-post. Terrorists use simple weapons in unsophisticated attacks. This has been demonstrated in Europe five times this year, with attackers armed with firearms, edged weapons, or vehicles used as weapons. 

 

The USAG Bavaria Commander requests everyone do the following:

 

  • Exercise vigilance when in populated public places or using mass transportation.

 

  • Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.

 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities when requested and during emergencies.

 

  • Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into travel plans and activities.

 

  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.

 

  • Ensure two-way communications is a plan in place if they are separated.

 

Stay Safe.