The Antiterrorism Office manages installation defense by analyzing, collecting and disseminating threat-related information to the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux community. The AT Office hosts and conducts meetings with civil-military partnership to combat and defend against known threats and weapons of mass destruction. The AT Office also increases antiterrorism awareness with a sound education program, publication of bi-weekly bulletins, press releases and other multimedia media sources.
RISK REDUCTION STEPS
1) Identify the threat & travel requirements. The DOD Foreign Clearance Guide provides country specific official/unofficial travel requirements for DOD personnel. State Department travel advisories, OSAC country crime and safety reports, USAREUR quarterly travel message, and foreign travel briefs. The local AT officer can provide additional travel information.
2) Identify vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities make you more susceptible to the terrorist threat. Some questions to ask when looking at your potential vulnerabilities: Will you be in areas frequented by Americans or other tourists? Do your clothes or luggage identify you as U.S. or DOD affiliated? Will there be large crowds that present a lucrative target? Is your travel mode or destination something terrorists previously targeted?
3) Assess risk and develop mitigation measures. Determine actions you can take to mitigate risk, considering things like travel mode, destination, and events. Minimizing time in the non-secure area of an airport, for example, may reduce your exposure. The individual protective measures section of this pamphlet provides a few suggestions. Look at each step of your travel for potential risk reduction measures, and then decide whether the benefits outweigh the risk.
4) Make an AT travel plan. Once you have identified measures to reduce your risk, document them in an individual AT plan—this may be as simple as making a wallet-size card that includes key POCs and individual AT measures. Share with fellow travelers, and ensure everyone knows the plan. To read the current quarterly AT Travel tri-fold, click here.
- Use the internet and mapping functions to research destinations and the security environment, and to ID potential safe havens such as police stations.
- Know law enforcement and U.S. Embassy phone numbers. Always have an escape plan, in the event you find yourself in a bad situation.
- Establish alternative methods to contact family, friends, and unit personnel.
- Discuss security plans with your family and other travelers.
- Your safety begins with you!