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NAS Jax Participating in Security Exercise

Naval Air Station Jacksonville will participate in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield ’11, an anti-terrorism/force protection exercise that will be conducted on all continental United States (CONUS) naval installations Feb. 21-25.

The week-long exercise is conducted nation-wide each year to enhance security force readiness to respond to threats to installations and units in the event of an actual emergency.  This is a routine exercise and is NOT in response to any specific threat.

This event may result in increased traffic or delays at NAS Jacksonville.  Military personnel, civilian employees, retirees, and family members should factor in additional time for getting through gates to conduct their business aboard the base. Pedestrians, vehicle drivers and passengers are reminded to carry proper identification at all times. All personnel are asked to please be patient and follow the directions of security personnel.

“This exercise will enhance the training and readiness of our security personnel and first responders,” said Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Southeast. “It will also create a learning environment for installation personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities.”

Alexander also stressed the importance of the training. “This is the time to prepare and learn how to adapt to diverse and fast-moving situations. The more opportunities we have to train, the more proficient we’ll be in dealing with real-world events.”

Area residents and local traffic may also experience traffic delays on roadways leading to or in proximity to NAS Jacksonville. Area residents may also notice increased military activity associated with the exercise.  Elevation of force protection conditions and increased security measures can be anticipated for the duration of the exercise.  

Solid Curtain is an operational level training event. Citadel Shield, conducted by Commander Navy Installations Command, provides advance guidance for participants in individual field training exercises. Exercise scenarios range from low-key events, such as recognizing and countering base surveillance operations, to higher-tempo and active simulated emergencies, such as small boat attacks on waterfront bases and cyber attacks on installations.

Solid Curtain – Citadel Shield is a regularly scheduled exercise and is not being held in response to any specific threat. 

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