Protect the Force
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CINC), conduct a two-part force protection exercise annually to demonstrate the Navy’s commitment to protecting life, equipment and facilities.
Citadel Shield (CS) is a field training exercise led by CNIC and Solid Curtain (SC) is a command post exercise led by USFFC.
Our Navy security forces train and operate 365 days a year. This exercise simply provides our entire force the opportunity for dedicated training and renewed focus on our force protection mission. It is not related to any current threat.
SC/CS is designed to ensure our people and security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats. This annual exercise uses realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy security forces maintain a high level of readiness to respond to changing and dynamic threats.
There will be times when the exercise will cause increased traffic around our installations or delays in installation access. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise.
USFFC and CINC are also aware of their responsibility to ensure the safety and security of our personnel, equipment and installations. It is also one of their top priorities to make sure our surrounding communities are safe and secure and we continue to be a good neighbor to them.