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From Feb. 17-28, NAS Jacksonville will participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014. This annual training exercise will be conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States. 

The exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of naval security forces to respond to threats against installations and units - and is not a response to any specific threat -  but is a regularly scheduled exercise. 

According to NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander, these annual training scenarios provide an important opportunity to test the air station's anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) response. 

"Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014 will give us a significant learning opportunity because it will involve coordination of NAS Jax security and fire departments, along with various other tenant commands," Undersander explained. "Also, the base Emergency Operations Center will be activated, enabling us to see first hand the efficiency of our first responders and base-wide communication protocols."

Measures are in place to minimize disruptions to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic near the installation, as well as delays in base access. 

For more information about Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014, contact the NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs Office at (904) 542-5588.