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    Navy Region Southwest Participates in Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield



    Story by Chief Petty Officer John Scorza 

    Navy Region Southwest

    Commander, Navy Region Southwest (CNRSW) is participating in the Navy’s large-scale force protection training exercise at installations across the region, including San Diego-area bases, Feb. 10-14.

    Held annually since 2007, Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.
    “This annual exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy Security Forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners,” said Matthew Crews,
    CNRSW force protection director.

    Citadel Shield is a field training exercise (FTX) portion led by CNIC. Solid Curtain is a command post exercise (CPX) portion led by USFFC. During a FTX, security forces respond to simulated threats. In a CPX, simulated events are used to exercise command and communications between units.

    “The safety and security of our people, equipment and facilities is our top priority,” said Capt. Raymond Benedict, director, force protection, USFFC. “We train the way we fight and exercising our personnel in response to varying realistic threats enhances our personnel and force-wide readiness.”

    Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base and station operations. This week, particularly Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12, the exercise may cause increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. Area residents may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise.

    These delays could impact visitors to bases, including exchange and commissary shoppers, family services clients, and individuals with medical clinic appointments. Naval Medical Center San Diego patients, visitors and hospital staff may also experience significant delays and increased traffic.

    “The Navy is committed to being a good neighbor,” said Tim Alexander, director of operations for CNIC. “The relationships we have with local communities are key for protecting Navy members and their families as well as the public.”

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    Date Taken: 02.10.2020
    Date Posted: 02.10.2020 13:53
    Story ID: 362411
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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