News: Air Force participates in Navy exercise in DC
Story by Joseph P Cirone
WASHINGTON – Air Force military personnel are among the people participating in this week’s naval exercise at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), enhancing training and readiness at the base.
JBAB security personnel from the Air Force, along with Department of Defense Police and other security personnel at the base are taking part in Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2012.
The exercise at the military installation is part of a Navy-wide exercise that occurs annually to establish a realistic training and learning environment for personnel on the base to experience various scenarios and exercise functional plans and operational capabilities. The exercise is not in response to any specific threat or situation.
JBAB, and the mission units and partners from all five military branches as well as its civilian federal agency mission partners on the installation, is using the week-long exercise to help ensure the safety and security of the installation; its equipment and most importantly, the civilian and military personnel at the base and their families.
Beginning on Mar. 19 and continuing around the clock until Mar. 24, the exercise increases in complexity and adds more in-depth force protection measures, JBAB Anti-terrorism Officer Joshua Gage explained.
During routine times, security at the base inn Southeast D.C. is through; during the exercise security is even more through.
Air Force medical personnel joined their security counterparts, along with JBAB’s Fire and Emergency Services personnel and law enforcement personnel from other agencies to respond to various scenarios.
JBAB’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated and is supporting exercise scenario related emergency operations at the installation. JBAB department heads and representatives from federal and military agencies located at the base staff the EOC to coordinate face-to-face and ensure that the adequate command, control, communications, and other support is afforded to the base’s incident commander, who is present at any scenario, and to ensure the safety and security of personnel at the base.
During the exercise, JBAB and its mission partners continue to perform their normal duties in support of the nation and its security, as well as respond to real-world situations, including medical emergencies, fire alarms and providing mutual assistance to the neighbouring community.
During the exercise Thursday, a Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services Hazardous Materials unit, stationed next to JBAB, was dispatched to a location in D.C. to render specialized assistance to D.C. Fire and EMS units.
Updated information about the exercise and its conduct can be found at www.facebook.com/jointbase and www.twitter.com/jointbase.