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NAS PAX conducts anti-terrorist training - What you need to know

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. – Naval installations in the National Capital Region will conduct Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2018 (SC/CS 18) Jan. 29-Feb. 9. These Naval installations include Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Naval Support Activity Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Naval Support Activity Annapolis, and Naval Support Activity Bethesda.

Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield (SC/CS) is an annual anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) exercise is designed to train Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units. The exercise is not in response to any specific threat, and includes scenarios designed to test different regional antiterrorism/force protection (ATFP) operations. The exercise's scenarios enable assessment of the Navy and civilian law enforcement's response to attacks both on and off installations.

How will Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield effect daily operations at NAS Patuxent River?

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. During SC/CS18 personnel and residents can expect gate closures during the following dates and times:
• Gate 3 closed Feb. 1, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Gate 3 closed Feb. 7, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Part of the SC/CS18 exercise will take place at Gate 3 Feb. 2, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., but the gate will be open to traffic at that time.

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 to ensure minimal impact from the exercise.

Communications associated with the exercise will be preceded by the words “EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE” so as to differentiate them from real world emergency communications.

What are Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs)?

Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) describe security measures that are implemented at military installations in response to various levels of terrorist threats. There are five FPCONs: Normal, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta. For each condition, there are several security measures stipulated. Personnel and residents can expect the installation to be placed in a modified FPCON Charlie condition at some point during the SC/CS18 exercise.

Under FPCON Charlie, there may be an increase in barriers and random security patrols. In addition to delays, personnel can expect to see extra guards, alerts, and emergency response drills.

I work/live on base. Am I expected to take part in the SC/CS 2018 exercise? 

The majority of the training during SC/CS 2018 is for security and emergency response personnel. While most SC/CS18 exercise scenarios will not directly involve the majority of base personnel and residents, one of SC/CS 2018’s purposes is to ensure each tenant command and their departments know what type of role they will play during a real-world crisis or emergency.

If I see suspicious activity during SC/CS 2018 exercise, should I report it?

All personnel are reminded of the important part they play in installation security year-round, and how to react in the event of a real-world emergency.

“See Something, Say Something” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and related crimes, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to base, state, and local law enforcement. Informed, alert communities play an important role in keeping our nation safe, and personnel at NAS Patuxent River play a vital role in keeping our installation safe by being aware of their surroundings and reporting to our security department any suspicious activity, packages, or persons they may observe.

For information about Exercise SC/CS18 at NAS Patuxent River, contact the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs Office at 301-757-3343 or e-mail at Patrick.a.gordon@navy.mil.

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