- Navy-wide Anti-Terrorism Training Exercise March 22-26
- Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2010 is a single,
large, Navy-wide integrated exercise designed to enhance the
training and readiness of Navy security personnel to respond to threats
that may happen in the real world, but is not in response to any specific threat. Loud
noises may be heard and members of the surrounding community
may experience changes in traffic flow. Gate access may be slowed due
to Random Anti-terrorism Measures being in effect.
- As a part of the exercise, Force Protection
Conditions may be elevated, and communications channels may be interrupted.
- U.S. Fleet Forces to Commence Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield
- www.Navy.mil (Navy News Service)
- March 19, 2010
- Story Number: NNS100319-16 Release Date: 3/19/2010 2:21:00
- From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs
- NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Navy shore installations and activities
in the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam will participate in Exercise
Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield '10 (SC/CS-10), an annual security training
exercise coordinated by U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) from March 22-26.
- The weeklong security exercise is the largest anti-terrorism/force
protection (AT/FP) exercise conducted nationwide. It is designed to enhance
the training and readiness of Naval Security Force personnel to respond
to threats to installations and units, leveraging all processes security
forces would implement in the event of an actual emergency.
- "Instead of having numerous smaller exercises, Exercise
Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield is a single, large, integrated exercise that
accurately emulates what may happen in the real world," said Capt.
Sam A. McCormick, USFF director for Fleet Anti-Terrorism.
- As the Navy component for U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM),
USFF will also use SC/CS-10 to enhance their ability to support NORTHCOM's
Homeland Defense mission.
- "Solid Curtain is mainly an operational-level training
event, while Citadel Shield, conducted by Commander Naval Installation
Command, will provide advance guidance for personnel involved with the
individual field training exercises," said McCormick.
- SC/CS-10 will consist of more than 250 individual training
events across the country, each designed to test different regional AT/FP
operations. Scenarios range from events such as recognizing and countering
base surveillance operations, to higher-tempo and active simulated emergencies
such as small boat attacks on waterfront bases and cyber attacks on installations.
- "We are really focusing on the land-sea interface
at the waterfront, as well as active shooter scenarios, in light of the
incident at Ft. Hood," said McCormick.
- Many communication tools will be used to keep base personnel
informed about exercise security situations. Computer network alert systems
will distribute messages to office computers and the "giant voice
system"will be used to immediately alert people base-wide. The giant
voice system is an outdoor intercom loud enough to alert anyone outside
on base of a potential threat.
- While disruptions to normal base and station operations
will be limited, there may be times when the exercise causes increased
traffic or delays in base access. Area residents may also see increased
security activity associated with the exercise.
- "There will be possible traffic and base access
delays during the exercise; however, we have set up the exercise to minimize
the impact to local communities," said McCormick.
- During the exercise, assessors will collect information
and relay that data to decision makers to improve AT/FP practices and procedures
in the future.
- "We will have assessors here on the battle watch
floor and threat working groups to look for any inconsistencies in the
reporting processes and procedures," said McCormick. "This feedback
will enable us, in a training environment in a realistic scenario, to address
issues that will make us more ready and prepared for any actual event."
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