Force protection conditions will be raised Thursday across the U.S. European Command area of operation as part of a planned security rehearsal, EUCOM said in a news release.
The elevated posture is not in response to a specific threat, but is a result of force protection concerns throughout the EUCOM area of responsibility, the command said.
“EUCOM has taken this step based on our firm commitment to make every possible effort to ensure the safety and security of our personnel,” EUCOM stated in its release. “In addition to this demonstration and validation of force protection measures, it is vital that every member of our European community remain vigilant and aware, and report suspicious activity to local officials.”
Earlier this month, EUCOM also issued new guidance that encourages commands across Europe to examine their policies on wearing uniforms off base.
Although EUCOM has not singled out any particular threats, the Islamic State group has called for “lone wolf” strikes in the West.
The increased force protection posture will last through Friday afternoon.