Mexico travel alert

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Due to recent violent attacks, the U.S. State Department continues to urge U.S. Citizens to delay unnecessary travel to parts of Durango, Coahuila, Sinaloa and Chihuahua States. Also, Mexican cities to avoid until further notice include, but are not limited to Juarez, Tijuana, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and Las Palomas. Drug cartels continue to be engaged in conflict amongst themselves and against Mexican authorities. In the first quarter of 2010, the number of drug-related homicides in Mexico has reached 2,049.

Currently, members who are on Title 10 status are indefinitely prohibited from non-official travel (leave and pass) to the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa and the cities of Nogales, Piedras Negras, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoras.

For traditional guardsmen, the 129th Rescue Wing cannot officially restrict personal travel, however it is strongly recommended to avoid these areas.

If you intend to travel to Mexico, it is imperative that you understand the risks in Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and who to contact if victimized. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.

Before you travel, ensure that you have completed Antiterrorism Level I training within the last six months. Please advise your military supervisor and provide them with a detailed itinerary and contact numbers. Also, make sure you have in your possession the phone numbers for the American General Consulate. For further information on travel restrictions please visit the official Department of State Web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel/.