Commentary

November 1, 2012

Station Anti-Terrorism Officer: Tim Beeler

5 Questions

Is ALL travel to Mexico prohibited and why is there such confusion regarding this policy?  

No. Certain areas are restricted and some areas are not.  All areas require permission from at least an O6 and other travel requirements must be met.

Where are military members authorized to travel within Mexico without command approval? 

There are no areas military members can travel to in Mexico without at least an O6 approval.

What are the proper procedures for obtaining permission to travel?

First you must complete a foreign travel request package provided by your command and meet all requirements.  These requirements include meeting with the station Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) office, station Anti-Terrorism Office (ATO) as well as receiving a Mexico safety travel brief.  Once all requirements are met, ATO will forward a foreign travel request letter to your command’s CO for approval.

Why have the travel policies become so strict? 

Increased drug cartel violence has become a safety concern to Americans who travel to certain areas within Mexico.  The Commanding General of Northern Command has issued foreign travel policies that include Mexico.

What are the main concerns with Marines traveling to Mexico and what kind of repercussions can Marines face for unauthorized travel to Mexico?

Safety of the Marines is our biggest concern.  Marines can be held accountable for violation of a lawful order under UCMJ.




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