Armed Forces News

An increased threat of terrorist attack has led Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to approve the temporary relocation of up to 650 family members and non-emergency Defense Department personnel from Bahrain. Military officials are developing procedures to execute the mandatory departure, DoD officials said. They explained that the departure has been approved for 30 days and will remain in effect thereafter until terminated. Those who leave may not return until the mandatory departure is terminated. Military officials have also issued a “stop-movement” order for all dependent personnel bound for Bahrain. Meanwhile, a State Department travel warning issued July 1 urged U.S. citizens in Bahrain to consider departing and warned U.S. citizens to defer travel to Bahrain. Bahrain is headquarters for the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet.