Navy Exercise to Test Security in the Real World

All this week the U.S. Navy is conducting security exercises to determine the ability of naval security forces to respond to real world threats.

Two exercises will be held simultaneously in and around the Navy Base in Panama City Beach. They have been dubbed “Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield”.

Each exercise will focus on different areas of the base testing the readiness of the security forces and how effectively they react to real world threats.

The exercises will be conducted through Saturday. And that day's activities may affect traffic flow along Thomas Drive.

Cmdr. Anthony Anglin, USN, Commanding Officer, NSA told us it's all part of an annual exercise and is not being conducted in response to any specific threat. "Obviously we have the exercise going on. But at any time if you see something that doesn't look right we always welcome the report. We would rather get the report check it out and find out if its a false alarm versus not get the report and find out there's something going on that we could have prevented."

Base officials say the exercise is being held throughout the continental united states.


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  • by John Location: Panama City on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:21 PM
    It's true: most of the people on any given military base are actually civilians (by a margin of 3 to 1 at some places). However, regardless, it's still a military base belonging to the military. FPCON Delta mandates that all non-essential personnel (i.e. civilians who are not DOD police) are not permitted access to the base. There's going to be building checks, and armed security personnel going through the buildings. It's really not a place to be if you're a civilian because they are practicing the highest levels of physical security. (And if there's Marines involved, you REALLY don't want to be there. Trust me.) And they have to practice at this level at least occasionally.
  • by Tell the WHOLE Truth Location: Callaway on Mar 20, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    Looks like they forgot to include they're "forcing" employees to take their own personal leave for this exercise. I have no problem with the exercise itself, as I believe it's necessary and good practice for those that work in security on the base. I just don't like the implementation.
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