PMRF participates in Citadel Pacific 17

Master-at-Arms Seaman Caleb Mennga monitors mock protesters as they block Pacific Missile Range Facility’s north gate entrance as part of a security drill during Citadel Pacific 2017. The annual exercise is designed to enhance training, readiness and capability of Navy security forces to respond to threats. Photos by MC2 Omar Powell

Robert Purdy

PMRF Public Affairs

Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) security forces and first responders participated in a number of emergency readiness drills during Citadel Pacific 17 (CP17) from July 31 to Aug. 4.

PMRF personnel were faced with multiple scenarios that included a suspicious package, a simulated protest at a base entry point and an active shooter incident occurring in the PMRF administrative building aboard the base. The exercises challenged PMRF security forces and first responders with real-world scenarios and evaluated their skills in response time, rapid neutralization of multiple threats, security of the base, evacuating and ensuring the safety of the building occupants and administering emergency medical response services to those injured.

“Today’s exercise was challenging from a coordination stand point because it was a cascading exercise where there are three events involved. Each event rolls or cascades into the next event, making the events difficult to script and keeping it realistic with minimal resources.

Overall, PMRF came out with good information for improving in key areas,” said Kelly Balmores, PMRF installation training officer.

This drill was one of several training exercises which took place on PMRF during CP-17 that allowed PMRF personnel an opportunity to enhance their skills in preventing, deterring and defending against attacks on facilities, personnel, and resources critical to the PMRF mission.

CP17 also helped to improve communication between key PMRF departments and tenant commands and enhanced integrated response capabilities and base Emergency Operation Center (EOC) operations.

Exercise Citadel Pacific is an annual exercise conducted by Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Navy Installations Command and is held on installations throughout the Pacific region and is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces to respond to threats to Navy installations.

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