100,000 visitors to NBVC pose security challenges

Air Force and Navy Reservists work together with crowd control during the NBVC Air Show at Point Mugu.

Photo by MC1 Kim McLendon / NPASE

Air Force and Navy Reservists work together with crowd control during the NBVC Air Show at Point Mugu.

BM1 Robert Copadonna, NR Naval Security Forces, leads an ambulance through the crowd at last month's NBVC Air Show at Point Mugu.

Photo by MC1 Kim McLendon / NPASE

BM1 Robert Copadonna, NR Naval Security Forces, leads an ambulance through the crowd at last month's NBVC Air Show at Point Mugu.

The security team, comprised of active duty and reservists, perform the security check at the entrance to the NBVC Air Show at Point Mugu.

Photo by MC1 Kim McLendon / NPASE

The security team, comprised of active duty and reservists, perform the security check at the entrance to the NBVC Air Show at Point Mugu.

When more than 100,000 visitors come to a military installation over a three-day period to enjoy an air show, the commanding officer needs to be sure that everyone is safe and order is kept so that everyone can enjoy the event.

Navy Security Forces (NSF) of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) has the role of making sure this happens.

NSF enlisted the aid of several different agencies during the 2010 NBVC Air Show at Point Mugu on Aug. 7 and 8 and on Practice Day Aug. 6. They were there to keep traffic moving on and off the base safely, the line of spectators entering or leaving the event grounds flowing smoothly, and emergency vehicles remaining accessible.

Among the many agencies involved were local military and civilian police, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, California Highway Patrol and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. They were on standby both at the air show and the outlying areas.

Volunteers from the Sea Cadets and Civil Air Patrol worked in parking lots to keep the traffic flowing and to free up law enforcement for other duties.

The FBI loaned their state-of-the-art mobile command center trailer with monitoring equipment that enabled crews to immediately assess situations and direct first responders to an area quickly if needed.

NSF integrated security personnel from Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Auxiliary Security personnel throughout the base. There were close to 70 reservists brought in to provide security, many of whom are attached to the Navy Operational Support Center at Point Mugu and have been supporting the air shows for more than 10 years, said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Larry Miller of NBVC Force Protection.

“We couldn’t do it without them,” said Miller. ”They have the longevity and consistency the active duty doesn’t have.”

As part of the Emergency Management Program, contingencies are planned and teams are put in place to handle them. Four Navy Reservists from Navy Region Southwest (NRS) in San Diego provided “command and control” known as Charlie Two, or C2, in case of emergencies.

Lt. Anvy Nguyen of NRS said it was a good experience to work with the other agencies and exchange ideas and learn their procedures.

When the fog lifted and the sun came out, more people came to enjoy the show, and the crowds exceeded expectations, making the event a success.

While there were temporarily lost parents and some first-aid calls, there were no major incidents at the air show.

“C2 was in position but never activated,” said Nguyen. “If nothing happens and we are not needed, that is a good thing.”

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