Today In the UK




 
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July 12th, 2005  
Welshwarrior
 
 

Topic: Today In the UK


US troops ordered to avoid London (From the BBC)

RAF Lakenheath is one of the bases affected
Thousands of US military personnel based in the UK have been banned by commanders from travelling to London in the wake of Thursday's bomb attacks.

Details of the travel ban, enforced on Friday, emerged as US President George W Bush said the US would "not retreat in the face of terrorists" .

He said: "In this difficult hour, the people of Great Britain can know the American people stand with you."

Well Thanks for that George. Comments gents?
July 12th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
It's pretty much SOP in US Military Commands to restrict leave, liberty and travel when Alert levels are raised.

Generally this refers only to off duty travel. The reason being is to keep the majority of the Command available to respond to additional threats within the TAO in rapid manner and with enough manpower.

Speaking from expierance the personel not being allowed to travel are probably standing posts or recieving training and generally attempting to secure the bases to meet a terrorist attack attempt.
July 12th, 2005  
Welshwarrior
 
 
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
It's pretty much SOP in US Military Commands to restrict leave, liberty and travel when Alert levels are raised.

Generally this refers only to off duty travel. The reason being is to keep the majority of the Command available to respond to additional threats within the TAO in rapid manner and with enough manpower.

Speaking from expierance the personel not being allowed to travel are probably standing posts or recieving training and generally attempting to secure the bases to meet a terrorist attack attempt.
not quite true in this case Sarge the original order did include families, the base commanders have had a rethink and the order has been rescinded. There will be embarressed faces in the Officers mess tonight.
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July 12th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
So was it an order issued at local command level ? I can understand the back peddle then especially if it restricted dependants. Someone at JCOS or DOD level got ahold of it.

Course you also have to realize that Air Force Officers and Ground Force Officers respond to threats differently.
July 12th, 2005  
Welshwarrior
 
 
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
So was it an order issued at local command level ? I can understand the back peddle then especially if it restricted dependants. Someone at JCOS or DOD level got ahold of it.

Course you also have to realize that Air Force Officers and Ground Force Officers respond to threats differently.
I think some bugger has shot themself in the foot here Sarg, bloody officers, clueless!
July 12th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
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Originally Posted by Welshwarrior
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
So was it an order issued at local command level ? I can understand the back peddle then especially if it restricted dependants. Someone at JCOS or DOD level got ahold of it.

Course you also have to realize that Air Force Officers and Ground Force Officers respond to threats differently.
I think some bugger has shot themself in the foot here Sarg, bloody officers, clueless!
Sounds like a rapid reaction that didn't clear with higher first.
July 12th, 2005  
Welshwarrior
 
 
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
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Originally Posted by Welshwarrior
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
So was it an order issued at local command level ? I can understand the back peddle then especially if it restricted dependants. Someone at JCOS or DOD level got ahold of it.

Course you also have to realize that Air Force Officers and Ground Force Officers respond to threats differently.
I think some bugger has shot themself in the foot here Sarg, bloody officers, clueless!
Sounds like a rapid reaction that didn't clear with higher first.
And how many times have we suffered from that Sarge? Our Armies are not that dissimiliar, its always the grunts that bear the brunts.
July 13th, 2005  
RnderSafe
 
 
Officers make no more dumb decisions than enlisted - it's just that an O's decision (in some cases) generally have a more widespread impact. Knee jerk reactions will never play out as intended.

There really wasn't enough information in your original post to form any opinion on the order.