Naval Base Ventura County will host Citadel Shield (CS) 2013 exercises the week of Feb. 25.
This annual event is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel. It establishes a learning environment that allows security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities in real-world settings. It is not held in response to a specific threat, but is instead a tailored exercise that helps personnel sharpen their skills and test processes.
In previous years, the annual exercise necessitated gate closures and schedule changes and often contributed to traffic backups both inside and outside the gate. This year, these disruptions should be minimal.
“We can do everything we need to do without disrupting traffic or businesses on the installation this year,” said Rob Huether, NBVC’s installation training officer.
Training events will be coordinated throughout the facility during the week, Huether said, and some will incorporate law enforcement agencies from outside the installation.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with our partners, testing our joint responses and building on existing relationships,” Huether said.
The nature of the CS exercises changes every year, incorporating lessons learned from previous exercises and taking into account current, feasible threats to Navy installations.
Hours of some services on base, such as the commissary and the military tax center, may change during the week, and it is recommended that clients call in advance before visiting.