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NAS Fallon Commences Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150210-05
Release Date: 2/10/2015 9:29:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Joseph R. Vincent, Naval Air Station Fallon Public Affairs

FALLON, Nev. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon conducted a training exercise that will play a major role in the regularly scheduled Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC/CS 15) 2015, on Feb. 9.

SC/CS 15 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 exercise consisted of a routine weapons check-in that uncovered evidence that will lead to increased security measures fleet-wide.

'SC/CS 15 is a two part exercise,' said NAS Fallon's training officer, Chris Pierce. 'A Solid Curtain event affects the entire Navy up to Fleet Forces, where a Citadel Shield event is an installation-level training exercise to test the ability of Naval Security Forces during an emergency.

NAS Fallon was selected to have the initial event, said Pierce, that when combined with other incidents will have a cascading effect on Navywide force protection levels.

'It's an honor to be chosen as the spark behind this year's SC/CS 15 exercise,' said Commanding Officer Leif Steinbaugh. 'I think our training teams and supporting agencies have really stepped up to make this event a success.'

The exercise tested communications and responses from NAS Fallon to Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) and USFF.

'If an incident in this nature were to occur, it is better to work out the bugs now,' said Pierce. 'Things like communication, standard operating procedures, and pre-planned responses are necessary to get right before a real-world event happens.'

The Force Protection Training Team (FPTT) members, NRSW, Federal Fire, Churchill County Sheriff's Office, Regional Dispatch Center (RDC), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) spent more than six months preparing for this exercise.

'This was the first time that I was able to stand back and truly observe during an exercise,' said Pierce. 'The FPTT members, Federal Fire, our Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, our RDC, and everyone involved with this exercise nailed it. The professionalism of this team is truly inspiring.'

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