FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 15, 2013) -- Have permanent change of station orders to Germany or some other foreign land?
Finally taking that well-deserved Mediterranean cruise?
Or maybe you’ve decided to visit your relatives in the “old country.”
In any of these scenarios, it’s important to know the types of threats that one might face while en-route to or upon arrival at a travel destination. The Department of Defense requires its employees to attend an Antiterrorism Overseas Reassignment Travel Threat Briefing within two months of travel to a foreign land.
An informative source of information for Americans travelling overseas is the Department of State International Travel website – www.travel.state.gov. It offers up-to-date threat information and recommendations for safe travel.
Some things travelers should be aware of are as follows:
Travel Alerts – short-term conditions in a country that require awareness and caution or even avoiding or postponing travel.
Travel Warnings – longer term security situations or conditions that need to be considered in your travel plans or avoided altogether.
Country reports – information about your specific country of destination, including emergency information, U.S. embassy and consulate contact information, how to avoid becoming a victim of crime or terrorism, and more.
STEP – the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. After submitting your information, the State Department will notify you by text, email or phone of any emergency or incident in your country of destination and, if necessary, emergency evacuation or survival instructions.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council is an overseas branch of the State Department that maintains current information and reports about every country, including an annual Report on Crime and Security. Go to OSAC at https://www.osac.gov/Pages/Home.aspx and review the information about your destination.
Army Regulation 525-13, Antiterrorism, travel requirements for Army personnel include the following:
• Soldiers and DA Civilians must complete Level I Anti-terrorism Awareness training within 12 months prior to travel (online at https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at/)
• Family members age 14 and older traveling overseas on official business (military orders) must also complete Level I AT Awareness on-line training
• Family members are encouraged to complete Level I AT Awareness training before any overseas personal travel
• Your unit/organization anti-terrorism officer is responsible for providing a country or AOR-specific Threat Briefing. This briefing could be classified, depending on the individual’s clearance level, the purpose of travel and the terrorist or foreign intelligence agent situation in the country.
• Your unit will determine whether there is a need for a country clearance (official travel only).
Your ATO should be able to provide you with a CJCS Guide 5250 (A Self-Help Guide to Antiterrorism) and the CJCS Pocket Card (Antiterrorism Protective Measures). The ATO is also required to inform your chain of command if your country of destination has been designated by the Defense Intelligence Agency as having a terrorist threat level of high or greater, or if travel to the country is restricted by the Department of State or the Combatant Command senior officer.
If your unit or organization ATO cannot provide this information, contact your chain of command for assistance from your higher headquarters. If they cannot help you, contact the CASCOM or Fort Lee Garrison ATO.