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As you are aware, the installation, and medical center, have been gearing up for the critical Navy-wide force protection exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) that will begin at noon today and throughout tomorrow.

This exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Security Forces in responding to installation and unit threats. As part of the drill, the base and its tenants, including the Medical Center, will operate, at some point, at FPCON (Force Protection) "Charlie."

The Base and Medical Center are taking measures to minimize disruptions to all staff, patients, visitors and neighboring communities. Visitors and staff can expect delays at the gate, due to vehicle inspections, and an increased number of police patrolling the base.

If you believe you have a medical emergency during this time and are not already on campus, please go to the nearest emergency medical facility.

Civilian staff who are not required to maintain inpatient care, or clinical and operational support services, may take leave. If you're unsure whether you should report to work during this exercise, please check with your chain of command, and inform your supervisors, in advance, of your plans.

Contractors who do not need to report to work during this time should also modify their hours, at the discretion of their supervisors and within the terms of their contract.

To help expedite access through the gates, those required to be here during this time should plan alternative commuting arrangements - either use public transportation, or carpool. In addition, if you don't need to carry a briefcase, luggage, purse or containers, please do not bring them, as they will be subject to inspection, which could cause additional delays.

As previously stated, we may experience some inconveniences during this time, but please note that the medical center will remain open and will provide emergency services. Some of these services include OB/Labor and Delivery and selected scheduled, urgent and emergent Main Operating Room procedures, Warrior Care, Refractive Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Dialysis appointments. The Outpatient Pharmacy, located on the second floor of Building 9, will remain open during normal duty hours, but at reduced staffing. The America Pharmacy, however, will not be open on Friday.

Please remember the impetus of SC-CS is force protection and participating in this exercise will serve to enhance the installation's security posture. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Commander sends,

Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks

MC, USN

Walter Reed National Military

Medical Center