Preparations for Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC/CS 14) 2014 are well underway. Personnel to expect increased security measures at Navy installations throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia starting Feb. 24-28.
SC-CS 14 is a Force Protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all Navy installations in the Continental United States to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel as well as establish a learning environment for security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities.
“The goal of this year’s Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is to drive decision making at all levels of command through immediate analysis, fusion and enunciation of threat indicators and warnings,” said Joseph Goldsberry, NDW lead exercise planner. “We will test and assess our pre-emptive and defense in depth measures based upon a variety of threats across the region.”
Solid Curtain is an exercise focused on command, control, and communication (C3) between all echelons Navy wide. Citadel Shield is an installation-level training exercise to test the ability of naval security forces during an emergency. “The protection of our personnel, mission and critical infrastructure has always been our primary goal,” said Goldsberry. “This year, we are also concentrating on the recovery phase of operations.”
The elevation of Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) and increased security measures can be anticipated at all Navy installations for the duration of the exercise. While mitigations to alleviate traffic are in place, installations, and base tenant commands are encouraged to highlight the potential for base-access delays within their local communities to visitors, retirees, the workforce, Sailors and their families.
During the SC-CS14 exercise, installation personnel and the surrounding communities may see an increase in delay at installation entry control points.
Local area residents may also see increased military activity, and possible traffic/pedestrian congestion, associated with the exercise.
Goldsberry said that his team will be looking for ways to utilize all security and emergency resources in a crisis faster and efficiently. “This way, we can provide resources to our personnel and restore our critical missions as fast as possible,” said Goldsberry.
Some of the training events that will be taking place are waterfront threats, personnel trying to gain unauthorized access to installations, among others.
“NDW does an excellent job training to our mission. Yet, we are always looking for ways to improve our plans, policies and response,” said Goldsberry. “As in exercises past, after this exercise we will collect lessons learned from our staff. The lessons learned will include things we think we did right and things we think we can improve on. We will use these lessons learned to build upon. This year is no different, we expect to improve over last year and find things to improve upon during the next exercise.”
Personnel should register for the AtHoc wide area alert network if they have not already done so in order to be aware of force protection conditions and other emergency, environmental, or exercise related impacts on the area. Staggered entry and exit times for personnel working on installations should be considered in order to limit traffic at entry control points. Personnel should also familiarize themselves with their command or tenant command anti-terrorism plan to better know what to expect during the exercise.
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