Enroll in STEP for up-to-date area information
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Antiterrorism and Security officials are reminding community members of the current EUCOM and USAREUR baseline antiterrorism posture requirements, which include mandatory enrollment in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, when traveling.
STEP is a free online service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling or residing abroad to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. After registering, travelers receive important information from the U.S. Embassy about safety conditions in the destination country. By registering your trip, the U.S. Embassy can better assist you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
“To stay safe you need to stay informed,” said Gary McCloud, antiterrorism officer for USAG Wiesbaden. “Enrolling in STEP is a personal protective measure all U.S. military personnel, Department of Army civilians and their dependents need to initiate for all leisure and temporary duty travel.”
To register your next trip in STEP go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.
Before going online to enroll a trip, travelers should have their itinerary, passport and contact information available.
Personnel who have an active security clearance are reminded to report their travels to their unit security office prior to travel.
In addition to STEP, McCloud also recommends other e-resources to help keep you and your family informed at home and while traveling.
The USAREUR Stay Safe Facebook site at www.facebook.com/StaySafeAntiterrorism posts antiterrorism advisories, travel warnings, restrictions and guidance on a regular basis to help keep everyone informed of current or potential travel issues.
“Connecting to this information is easy. Facebook users can ‘Like’ the Stay Safe page and receive these important updates in your newsfeed,” McCloud said.
Additionally, before traveling, all personnel should monitor the USAREUR Travel Safe website at www.eur.army.mil/travelsafe/ for current travel warnings and restrictions.