Worldwide travel caution issued to
U.S. citizens about potential terrorist threats
|The U.S. Department of State issued a worldwide travel
caution Feb. 19 to update information on the continuing threat of
terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests
throughout the world.
U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to
take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
Current information suggests that al-Qaida, its affiliated
organizations, and other terrorist organizations continue to plan
terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including
Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a
wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations,
kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.
Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons,
and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets
include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business
offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public
areas, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and
abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during
U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack
public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.
Extremists have targeted and attempted attacks on subway and rail
systems, aviation, and maritime services. In the past, these types of
attacks have occurred in cities such as Moscow, London, Madrid, Glasgow,
and New York City.
U.S. citizens strongly are encouraged to maintain a high level of
vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to
bolster their personal security.
Military and civilian members in the Fort McCoy work force who are
deploying or traveling for official or nonofficial reasons outside the
United States, its territories and possessions are required by the
federal government to have an anti-terrorism briefing within 90 days of
the travel, and a country-specific briefing prior to departure. These
briefings will inform employees of the conditions abroad that may affect
safety and security and assist with enrollment in the Smart Traveler
Enrollment Program (STEP).
The Department of State encourages U.S. citizens planning to travel
abroad to enroll in STEP so that it is easier for the embassy to contact
them in the event of an emergency. Information about STEP and how to
enroll is available at the website
At Fort McCoy, the foreign travel briefings are presented by the
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, Training and Security
Antiterrorism Office. The briefing lasts about an hour or can be taken
in parts at the attendee’s convenience. The country-specific briefings
should be scheduled within two months of travel. Supervisors must be
notified if personnel are traveling outside of the United States.
For more information about scheduling Antiterrorism Level I Training or
travel briefings in the Fort McCoy work force, call Tom DesJardins,
Antiterrorism officer, at 608-388-4719.
(Submitted by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and