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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / USAF RAISE TERROR THREAT LEVEL TO SEVERE: US AIRMEN ON ALERT

8/30/2014 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England  -- Friday, 29 Aug 2014 at 1400 local time, the United Kingdom announced an increase of their Threat Level from 'Substantial' to 'Severe' in light of recent events happening in Iraq and Syria. There is currently no cause for alarm as no specific threats have been identified to RAF Lakenheath and the surrounding communities. 

The following is a Force Protection Awareness Message outlining tips to inform all Liberty Wing members to blend in while out and about travelling around the United Kingdom and abroad.

PURPOSE - In light of recent events in Iraq and Syria, the UK has raised their threat level from "Substantial" to "Severe." While there is no specific threat, all members should review their personal and family security measures and review the measures detailed below.

(Be Prepared for the Unexpected)

· Keep a low profile. Your dress, conduct and mannerisms should not attract attention. Make an effort to blend into the local environment. Avoid publicity and do not go out in large groups. Stay away from civil disturbances and demonstrations.

· Be unpredictable. Vary daily routines, such as your route to and from work and the time you leave and return home. Vary the way you dress. Do not exercise at the same time and place each day; never exercise alone. 

· Be alert for anything suspicious or out of place. If you think you are being followed, go to a pre-selected secure area such as a military base, US Embassy, or police station. Immediately report the incident to the military police, security forces, or law enforcement agencies. 

· Report all suspicious persons, attempt to provide a complete description of the person and/or vehicle to police or security personnel. Consider taking a photograph of the person if it can be done discreetly.

· Advise co-workers or family members of your destination and anticipated time of arrival when leaving the office or home.

· If traveling to other countries learn and practice a few key phrases in the local language, such as "I need a police officer/doctor."

· Travel in small groups as much as possible and vary movements. 

· Avoid spontaneous gatherings or demonstrations.

· Know emergency numbers and how to use the local telephone system.

· Ensure family members have a list of phone numbers they can carry with them at all times. The list should not outline titles, positions, or office locations but should be usable during an emergency.

NOTE: For any additional concerns or questions, please contact your individual unit Antiterrorism Representative.

Quick Tips for Safety and Security

Report all suspicious activity to local constabularies (999 Emergency) or the Security Forces Control Center (911 Emergency, on base or 226-2333 for non-emergencies)

Report suspicious activity near the bases to the Eagles Eyes Line at:
RAF Lakenheath: On Base DSN: 226-3937 or COMM: 01638-52-3937: 
RAF Mildenhall: On Base DSN: 238-2667 or COMM: 01638-54-2667 
RAF Alconbury: On Base DSN: 268-2400 or COMM: 01480-84-2400
U.K. Antiterrorism Hotline# 0800-789-321