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Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012 Tests Security of Installations

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120322-11

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) Tim Comerford, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012 (SCCS 2012) began in the Hampton Roads area, March 19.

For one week during March, bases fluctuate security conditions and begin random antiterrorism measures in response to simulated threats. This annual exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units throughout the U.S.

"Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is the largest force protection exercise that the Navy, or any service, does in the United States of America," said Capt. John Fristachi, director of operations for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic's Regional Operations Center. "This is at all of our installations throughout the entire nation. The objective is to train our personnel to understand and respond to terrorist events, or any event, that might target our bases. It combines the installation security forces, first responders, police, safety personnel and emergency management; they respond to the incidents at our gates and on our installations."

For the next four days, installations simulated bombs, fires, mass casualties and a plethora of other problems.

A simulated active shooter scenario allowed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) Integrated Training Team to evaluate the base emergency response to an active shooter combined with a small boat attack on the Little Creek Harbor.

"It is critical to what we do," said Fristachi. "It trains every step of the way, from the watchstanders at the entry control points all the way up to the flag officers that have to make decisions, and reporting that up to national command authorities.

"We know there are people out there that would love to take a shot at our Navy bases," Fristachi explained. "We are not going to let them do that."

Training is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department.

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