Don’t forget anti-terrorism, force protection during holidays

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- With the holiday season upon us, it is a good time to remind everyone of the need to be extra vigilant in order to ensure the safety of all Department of Defense employees, installations and facilities.

It’s important that we convey to all active duty, civilian members and families the significance of known and unknown threats we face, and the actions we must take to ensure we are adequately protected.

The current Force Protection Condition Bravo is tailored to address heightened but non-specific and non-credible threat conditions in a sustainable manner.

U.S. Northern Command does not intend to change force protection condition, or FPCON, at this time; it will remain at FPCON Bravo.

Installation commanders have the authority to raise the FPCON based on the local threat picture. Leaders at all levels have the authority to increase security measures that apply to their work centers.

Recent propaganda releases show continued interest by violent extremist groups to inspire attacks in the west. A mid-November propaganda release highlighted public gatherings, and even included the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as potential targets.

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI remain concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no warning.

Concerns persist that terrorist-inspired individuals or HVEs may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places. The holiday season provides additional targets of opportunity with large gatherings.

All members need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to law enforcement.

Everyone needs to exercise situational awareness and take added security precautions as we enter the holiday season and a time of increased leisure travel, frequent opening of installations for community events, and a period of many large public gatherings.

It is also recommended to be vigilant in your daily routines and adopt sound security practices.

In the workplace, leaders should review random antiterrorism measures, consider introducing additional FPCON measures to enhance security and increase unpredictability of RAMs to bolster visible deterrent operations, detect hostile surveillance, and disrupt planning cycles.

For questions or concerns contact your unit’s anti-terrorism/force protection representative or the 20th Security Forces Squadron Antiterrorism/Force Protection office at (803) 895-3472.

Happy holidays from your 20th SFS Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection office.