Spangdahlem heightens security after caller phones in bomb threat
Spangdahlem Air Base increased security measures after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat Monday evening.
A German-speaking man with a Russian or Turkish accent called the base’s law enforcement desk at about 7:30 p.m. and threatened to attack the base with at least four accomplices, according to German police and U.S. Air Force officials.
The caller mentioned “bombs” while on the phone, according to a German police statement.
The threat came a day before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States and less than a week after German police arrested three men — two German converts to Islam and a Turk — seeking to attack U.S. military installations in Germany.
The call is being investigated, and the Air Force is working with German police and other agencies, said Capt. Kevin Coffman, 52nd Fighter Wing spokesman.
As of Tuesday morning, the base remained under force protection condition Bravo — indicating an increased and more predictable threat of terrorist activity — but had employed some increased security measures, Coffman said. According to protocol, Coffman did not discuss the specific force protection measures undertaken.
The threat did not affect regular base operations, cause any cancellations or prompt postponements, Coffman said.
“While we have no additional information to validate a direct attack against Spangdahlem Air Base, we take every threat seriously,” he said. “The security of the base and its personnel, both military and civilian, is critical, and we are taking measures to ensure they are protected."
Spangdahlem, in southwest Germany near the Luxembourg border, houses roughly 12,000 airmen, dependents and civilians. The base is home to F-16 and A-10 jets.
Anyone with information about the threat should call Spangdahlem’s law enforcement desk at 065-656-16666.