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Operationalizing Military Support to Civilian Authorities

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080609-06
Release Date: 6/9/2008 11:00:00 AM

By Capt. B.J. Keepers, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Shore Force Training Center (SFTC), an emergency management classroom and war-gaming center of excellence for the Shore Force Enterprise, is being built on Naval Base Coronado and is scheduled to open in August 2008.

The overall aim of the SFTC is to ensure that Navy installations are prepared to shelter Navy personnel and their families and to protect Navy property during times of catastrophic emergencies.

SFTC will be the cornerstone of Commander, Navy Installations Command's (CNIC) vision to transform Navy installations and specifically address Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5's objective to ensure that all levels of the government have the capability to work efficiently and effectively together using a national approach to incident management.

"Our focus is based on deliberate planning to ensure that we are prepared to save lives, protect property and to continue critical missions against an all- hazards environment," said CNIC Emergency Program Director, Owen McIntyre.

The Department of Defense recognizes that proper measures taken in advance and during a major incident will reduce loss of life and property. CNIC has actively embraced this concept by aggressively establishing and manning Regional and Installation Emergency Operation Centers throughout the CNIC enterprise. This effort is driven by CNIC's foresight to operationalize the Shore Forces and align them with Fleet warfighting capabilities.

"My intent is that Navy Installations Command will enable the Navy's Operating Concept through the enterprise alignment of all shore Installation support to the Fleet, Fighter and Family," said CNIC Vice Adm. Bob Conway.

To accomplish this objective, the SFTC will provide an emergency management learning continuum focused on both Regional and Installation Emergency Managers and Emergency Operations Center personnel.

This continuum will include classroom instruction, an information library, SFTC generated individual and unit level distributed learning, self paced interactive computer based war gaming scenarios, and all-hazards exercise events that are scalable from the unit level to the full CNIC Enterprise. Additionally, the emergency management training and exercises will be enhanced by leveraging and incorporating realistic synthetic training methods.

SFTC classroom instruction will initially consist of four courses: an Emergency Manager Course, an Emergency Operations Center Incident Management Team Course, an Installation Training Officer Course, and a Crisis Action Planning Team Leader Course.

For additional information regarding the SFTC, visit CNIC N7 Training and Readiness Portal Link: https://cnicportal.cnic.navy.mil/C6/C1/HQ%20Training%20%20Readines/default.aspx.

For more news from Commander, Naval Installations Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cni/.

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