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We’re deployed, pay attention to surroundings

  • Published
  • By Master Sgt. Glenn Sivells
  • 451st Expeditionary Mission Support Group first sergeant
In this deployed theater it is important for us to stay vigilant. I have noticed some of us in this environment have become quite comfortable here at Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Thankfully, there has not been a substantial amount of incidents occurring at this base. However, there are some particular areas of concern. These incidents range from simple occurrences to serious crimes from iPod thefts, assaults, and even stolen vehicles. So I'm asking that my fellow Airmen simply remember where we are. there is a large amount of inhabitants on this installation, and not all of them mean you well. Yes, we need to remain vigilant for force protection reasons (ground attacks, rocket attacks, etc.,) but let us not forget that danger may be probing in a lesser form.
When traveling at night, if it is possible, take someone with you. If it is not possible to take someone with you, let someone know where you are going and what time they should expect you back. Know your emergency numbers and buildings you can go into for assistance if needed. Be alert to strange personnel who are seemingly in an area for no apparent reason. Don't get into vehicles with people you do not know. Simple steps like these can help avoid a potentially catastrophic situation.

We must do our best to take care of ourselves and each other. In addition to looking for suspicious activities, we also need to be mindful of those around us, like the rank and nationality of those who which we share this installation. We must remember that we must respect the officers, enlisted and civilians of our friendly nations and afford them the same respect as we do our American counterparts.

It may be difficult to know who we are addressing, but if we carry ourselves professionally (as we always should) we will prevent any possible issues from rising. Speaking to everyone you encounter in a professional manner and greeting those who greet you, will go a long way.

In summary, just remember that we are in a deployed environment and there is no reason why we should not be cognizant of our surroundings.