Navy Region Hawaii prepares for Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield

Grace Hew Len

Navy Region Hawaii Environmental Public Affairs Officer

Navy Region Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and Pacific Missile Range Facility will take part in the annual security training exercise, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield ’11, from Feb. 22 to 25. The week-long security exercise is the largest anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) exercise conducted nationally.

It is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Naval Security Force personnel to respond to threats to installations and units, leveraging all processes that security forces would implement in the event of an actual emergency. The exercise is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

As part of solid Curtain Citadel Sheild, installations may increase force protection conditions during the week of Feb. 22 to 25. While disruptions to normal base operations will be limited, there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic or delays in base access. Area residents may also see increased security activity during this period.

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command are the lead commands in charge two-in-one exercixe that stresses different areas of the Navy’s anti-terrorism program. Realistic training scenarios and responses practiced will enable the Navy to maintain forces at a high level of readiness. The Navy aims to make the exercise as realistic as possible by executing it simultaneously at all installations throughout the nation, including Hawaii and Guam.

During a recent executive synch meeting with exercise planners and installation leaders, Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, noted the importance of the exercise in validating the region’s program. “This is a graduate-level exercise building upon lessons from the past two years,” Smith said.

Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield will consist of more than 250 individual training events across the country, each designed to test different regional AT/FP operations. Assessors will be collecting information, looking for inconsistencies in the reporting processes and tactical procedures, and relaying that data to decision makers to improve future force protection posture.

In order to keep people informed about excercise security situations, participants will use various communication tools, exercise security situations, including Joint Base Television (Channel 2), computer desktop notification system (CDNS), wide area alert network system, Giant Voice and electronic marquees. Navy Region Hawaii and JBPHH Public Affairs Office will also post exercise notifications on the command websites, Facebook and Twitter.

“Our enemy is highly innovative and adaptive, and this exercise is how we validate our program. It enables us to identify our vulnerabilities and fix them. Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield will also test how well we addressed those vulnerabilities discovered during the past two years’ exercises,” said Capt. Sam McCormick, USFF director of fleet anti-terrorism.

For more information about Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, contact Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs at 473-2926.

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