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Reserve Units Combine to Combat Terrorism

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100113-13
Release Date: 1/13/2010 11:30:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand, Naval Air Station Oceana Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy Reserve Naval Security Force (NR NSF) Oceana, RNSF Norfolk, and Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Regional Operational Center teamed up at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana to conduct anti-terrorism scenario drills Jan. 9.

The drills are part of a new Navy Security Operations Exercise Program designed to provide ashore and afloat commanders with an anti-terrorism assessment tool to evaluate watchstanders and small unit leaders in meeting stated Navy mission essential task-based measures of performance.

"We train sentries to handle every incident at the lowest possible level, not escalate an incident into something that it is not, but be prepared to escalate the level of force protection when required," said NR NSF's Commanding Officer Lt. j.g. Kent Davis.

According to Davis, the drills help maintain operational readiness and prepare master-at-arms for their responsibilities as armed watchstanders.

NAS Oceana's Public Safety Assistant Anti-terrorism Officer, Master-at-Arms 1st Class Ronald Degnan helped train the Reserve units on two of the 16 different drill scenarios which range from vehicle or person-borne improvised explosive device attacks to water and airborne attacks.

Degnan explained the importance of having the active and Reserve components training with the same scenarios.

"We can't set force protection delta without our Reserve force because it requires much more people," said Degnan. "By training them on what we do in normal operations with these drills, I can put a Reservist with an active duty member and they'll have the same response to a situation or scenario and we all react as one team."

Navy security forces stand watches 24 hours a day, seven days a week holidays and weekends included. No matter what the weather conditions; rain, heat, sleet and snow they are prepared to stand their watch.

Every drill weekend the three Reserve units stand watch with their active counterparts providing the same standard of security and professionalism.

"Members of the Navy Reserve Naval Security Forces are professional master-at-arms," said Davis. "For most, standing their post is a patriotic call to duty and not an obligation. We are proud to be the first and last impression."

For more news from Naval Air Station Oceana, visit www.navy.mil/local/oceana/.

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