MONTEREY — If anyone in Monterey or Del Rey Oaks has recently seen or heard police sirens entering a naval annex: don’t worry, this is just a drill.
Naval Support Activity Monterey this week and next is conducting an annual active shooter training drill at one of its annex locations in Del Rey Oaks. The drill is taking place from its Monterey installation where the Naval Postgraduate School is located out to the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Del Rey Oaks.
The installation is home to 15 naval operations, called tenant commands, including the Naval Postgraduate School. Naval Support Activity Monterey provides base services in support of its Central Coast tenant commands that include such things as facilities support, quality of life services, dining, religious services and a gym.
“The activity includes sirens on police cars as naval security personnel transited from our main location to the annex, which might lead the local community to think there’s a real-life emergency occurring,” said Tina Stillions, Naval Support Activity Monterey’s public affairs officer.
The active-shooter scenario is simulated in a building at the Oceanography Center where people were working, providing for a real-life scenario for those security teams involved and personnel working in nearby offices, Stillions said. The drill involves a lone shooter, a person who had been shot and someone running from the building, which provides for spot decision-making for the Navy’s security personnel.
Updated information on the drill is available on Naval Support Activity Monterey’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NSAMonterey.
The drills are called Citadel Shield and Solid Curtain, which are joint exercises between the U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy Installations Command, the latter being what Naval Support Activity Monterey falls under. It is held annually on all Navy installations in the continental United States, typically during February.
The Citadel Shield component is a field training exercise led by the Installations Command that focuses on local tactics and procedures. Solid Curtain is an exercise led by Fleet Forces Command that focuses on driving an integrated response between commands and security forces across the nation.
“Both exercises provide opportunities for security forces to hone their security skills through realistic scenarios designed to ensure security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats,” Stillions said.
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