Navy Installations to Participate in Security Exercise

(CRANE) – Naval Support Activity Crane, along with Navy installations across the country, is participating in an annual force protection exercise, Feb. 3-14.

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S.

Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

“Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain is an important training opportunity designed to ensure our personnel and security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats,” said Rear Adm. Charles Rock, the commander of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We test ourselves against an array of realistic scenarios and we conduct the exercise in coordination with our community partners.”

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is not in response to any specific threat but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the
exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.

“Our partnerships with police, fire and emergency services in the communities that host our bases are vital to our success. We know that there will be increased activity on and around our installations across the region,” Rear Adm. Rock said. “All of my installation commanders are engaging with local government partners to mitigate unnecessary disruptions to traffic and community services.”