DVIDS – News – Air Force and Army allow uniforms to be worn off base

For the first time in more than seven years, Airmen and Soldiers assigned to the Kaiserslautern Military Community can again wear off-base uniforms.
Out of an abundance of caution due to threats at the time, the United States European Command in 2014 ordered all troops serving on the continent to limit the wearing of off-base uniforms as much as possible. The original mandate applied to the whole of EUCOM, meaning that even areas identified as low threat felt the effects of the general policy.
Last year, EUCOM delegated approval authority to each service to determine its off-base uniform policy. US Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, commander of Third Air Force, authorized wing commanders in Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom to implement local uniform policy changes at their discretion with an effective date of February 1, 2022. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Smith, commander of 21st Theater Sustainment Command, also released a policy change effective Feb. 1 for soldiers stationed in the region and other parts of Europe.
The uniform policy changes are a long-awaited return to normalcy after months of in-depth analysis and discussion by the Services, providing Services members with more flexibility in their day-to-day lives.
The policies authorize both services to wear military uniforms between a person’s residence and places of official duty, in off-base establishments, including restaurants and cafes, hair salons, gas stations, pharmacies , quick stops at shops and other similar places in the local area of ​​his route.
However, certain places and services remain prohibited in uniform for both services, including off-base bars, nightclubs, dance clubs and hookah lounges. In addition, military personnel are prohibited from consuming alcohol off base while in uniform.
Air Force and Army policies contain some minor differences in permitted activities. Staff should review policy letters carefully and check with unit supervisors if they have any questions.
Air Force leaders and security force personnel have worked in tandem to ensure this policy change implements procedures that best balance risk, Airman welfare, and reinforce community relations. The uniform policy will be evaluated regularly to determine if any changes are required based on the threat and risk at that time.
“This policy opens the doors to many new opportunities for our service members and host nation partners here at KMC,” Tech said. sergeant. Jacob Petersen, 86th Security Forces Squadron Counterterrorism/Force Protection NCO in charge. “It is extremely vital, with this new freedom of movement within the local area, that all staff continue to make smart decisions when not installed and keep the safety of operations at the forefront of their concerns. . Remember that a strong OPSEC and counter-terrorism program requires each individual to remain aware, practice personal security measures, and report suspicious activity.
As airmen do in the United States, they must be prepared to enforce security precautions and report suspicious activity through the Eagle Eyes program.

Date taken: 02.01.2022
Date posted: 02.01.2022 03:07
Story ID: 413758

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