Many of us living overseas, more so as a civilian, have seen Warden Messages from State Department. This one was a Travel Warning for Saudi Arabia before the 2003 Iraq War.
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Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 10:46 PM
Subject: Warden Message. The Time is Near!!!
Subject: Warden Message – 009/FY-2003
The Embassy requests that wardens pass the following message in its entirety to members of the American Community:
United States Department of State TRAVEL WARNING FOR SAUDI ARABIA:
January 30, 2003. This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to increased security concerns in Saudi Arabia and to the fact that the Department of State has authorized the departure of family members of employees of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates on a voluntary basis. Private American citizens currently in Saudi Arabia should evaluate rigorously their own security situations and should consider departing, especially given decreased flight availability at a time of high demand related to school holidays and the Hajj. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the increased risks of travel to Saudi Arabia. As stated in the current Public Announcement, Middle East and North Africa Update, Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad, specifically in the Middle East, including the Persian Gulf. As a result of concerns about the reduced availability of commercial transportation during the Hajj period, on January 30 the Department of State authorized the departure, on a voluntary basis, of family members of employees of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia. U.S. consular personnel remain available to provide emergency information and services to American citizens. U.S. citizens who remain in Saudi Arabia despite this Travel Warning are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, or at the Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran, and enroll in the emergency alert network in order to obtain updated information on travel and security in Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is located at Collector Road M, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter. The international mailing address is P.O. Box 94309, Riyadh 11693. Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: U.S. Embassy, Unit 61307, APO AE 09803-1307. The Embassy telephone number is (966) (1) 488-3800, fax (966) (1) 488-7275. Additional information may be found on the Embassy website at http://riyadh.usembassy.gov. The U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, is located between Aramco Headquarters and the old Dhahran Airport at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals highway exit. The international mailing address is P.O. Box 38955, Doha-Dhahran 31942. Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: Unit 66803, APO AE 09858-6803. The telephone number is (966) (3) 330-3200, fax (966) (3) 330-6816. Additional information may be found on the Consulate website at http://dhahran.usconsulate.gov. The U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is located on Palestine Road, Ruwais. The international mailing address is P.O. Box 149, Jeddah. Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: Unit 62112, APO AE 09811-2112. The telephone number is (966) (2) 667-0080, fax (966) (2) 669-3078 or 669-3098. Additional information may be found on the Consulate website at http://jeddah.usconsulate.gov. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Consular Information Sheet for Saudi Arabia and the Worldwide Caution – Public Announcement, which are located on the Department’s internet website at http://travel.state.gov. To hear a recording of the most recent security information concerning Saudi Arabia, you may call the Embassy in Riyadh at 966-1-488-3800 and press 7. You can also review the latest security information via the Internet at http://riyadh.usembassy.gov. ——————————————————————————–
What was your memories of this time? Do you have a story or pictures of this time?
Thank you Hal!! SA Warden Message – 009-FY-2003