U.S. Army Europe and Africa "Stay Safe"

Safety, security and anti-terrorism resources for our community.

Threat Situation Statement
Unclassified Threat Situation (as of January 19, 2024)

This unclassified threat statement informs DOD elements and personnel under the U.S. Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF) Force Protection area of responsibility (AOR) on the current threat situation.

USAREUR-AF continues to stress the importance for DoD personnel to apply prudent security measures and asks commanders to remind personnel to remain vigilant, increase their awareness of their security environment, report suspicious activity, and take proactive steps to improve individual and organizational security. This unclassified threat statement informs DOD elements and personnel under U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s (USAREUR-AF) Force Protection responsibility on the current threat situation.

Activities associated with inspired ("lone wolf”) terrorists and hostile-nation intelligence collection remain significant and enduring collateral threats to U.S. and DOD-affiliated personnel. Additionally, situations both within and outside of the USAREUR-AF Area of Operation (AO) influence the security environment, such as the Israeli/Hamas conflict, international military operations in the Middle East, Quran desecrations, and continued Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.

Although off-installation uniform wear is permitted to a limited extent, personnel must review local policies and gain an understanding of local restrictions and why they are in place. Commanders and Servicemembers must consider the security environment when deciding whether to wear uniforms off-post due to the increased risk. USAREUR-AF enacts local restrictions out of an abundance of caution, considers multiple factors such as criminal, terrorism, or intelligence threats, and errs on the side of caution when insufficient information is available to make an informed risk-based decision. Current policies are available on U.S. Army Garrison webpages or from unit Antiterrorism Officers.

Transnational terrorist groups, state-sponsored terrorists, and those inspired by their propaganda continue to threaten Europe, Africa, and U.S. interests worldwide. Terrorists often target mass transit, tourist venues, sporting events, places of worship, police, and military forces. Lone wolf actors – those operating without direct guidance from violent extremist organizations (VEO) – act on their initiative and timelines, sometimes in response to events taking place outside of Europe or Africa. Unsophisticated plots by lone wolf terrorists and VEOs are difficult to detect, can occur with little or no warning, and may attempt to attack targets of opportunity, including, but not limited to, demonstrations, sporting and cultural events, religious observances, markets, and other public gatherings.

As noted, recent events such as Quran desecrations in Sweden and Denmark, perceived anti-Islamic sentiments, and military actions conducted by Israel against HAMAS have heightened the potential risk of terrorist attacks. Threats against U.S. facilities and personnel based on the recent violence in the Gaza Strip can continue to increase based on the duration and severity of the Israeli military response, as well as any escalation of the conflict by outside groups such as Lebanese Hezbollah.

Ongoing geopolitical events can result in scheduled and unscheduled demonstrations and protests. Despite intentions, demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn hostile and possibly escalate into violence without warning, representing a collateral risk to DOD-affiliated personnel. Political issues, human rights, and other global and emerging issues are potential influencers driving public demonstrations and protests.

Threats posed by violent actors in Africa differ from those in Europe; however, just as when traveling in Europe, personnel should get updated threat information for specific areas prior to traveling in Africa. Extreme levels of poverty, underdevelopment, cultural and religious fractionalization, overcrowding, and environmental vulnerabilities have led to destabilization and permissive operating areas for violent actors, with more than 20 VEOs with constantly shifting objectives and allegiances operating in at least 12 African countries. Pockets of extremism present lethal threats to U.S. equities in specific locations across the continent. At the same time, risks related to crime, abduction, disease, and undeveloped healthcare systems can be regionally significant and create risks for DOD personnel.

Personnel must stay current with media coverage of local events, remain aware of their surroundings, and keep in regular contact with their unit, colleagues, family members, and friends while traveling. DOD personnel should monitor local news outlets, the Armed Forces Network (AFN), and the Alerts and Messages page of U.S. Embassy and Consulate websites in the countries where they live and travel to remain aware of changes in the security environment. As a reminder, USAREUR-AF requires enrollment in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free service allows personnel living or traveling overseas to enroll their presence with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and receive important information about security conditions at their duty or destination country. Personnel can find more information at https://step.state.gov/.

 

enlightenedDownload the Anti-terrorism Travel Awareness Trifold (As of 6 Nov., 2023) This guide will assist in your travel planning.

Alert Emergency Notification System

 

 

In the event of an emergency or crisis, U.S. Army Europe and Africa relies on a mass notification system called Alert. Alert is installed on all U.S. Army Europe and Africa government computers. You can also register to receive Alert messages on personal devices or email:

WE CARE APP

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European and Military Police Emergency Numbers

In the event of an emergency in Europe, you can contact the local emergency services or Military Police.

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