Will test security forces, ability to defend against threats

Submitted, Alice Echo-News Journal

NAS Kingsville is participating in Exercise Solid Curtain through Sept. 21.

This Navywide exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of base security forces and force protection personnel and their ability to prepare for and defend against threats.

The week-long exercise may cause periodic backups and delays at the installation gates.

As part of the exercise, NAS Kingsville will restrict access to the base and implement increased levels of security on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21. The air station will do everything possible to minimize the impact on traffic and base access.

However, anyone seeking to access the base during this time is advised to plan for potential delays. All area Navy installations will be participating in this exercise.

Disruptions to normal operations during the exercise will be limited.

Personnel and other area residents may observe:

Increased traffic or delays in base access. Increased activity at gates and around the air station (security forces, etc.). Increased patrols on and around base.

"Solid Curtain is a routine exercise and is not in response to any specific threat," said Cesar Cavazos, NAS Kingsville Security Officer. "It's important to maintain a high level of security for our forces, an objective which is accomplished by this annual training."

Cavazos added that as a direct result of Solid Curtain training, the NAS Kingsville and participating security forces will be better prepared to address threats to installations and units.

NAS Kingsville and other Navy installations remain fully capable of responding to real-world threats throughout the duration of the exercise.

For more information about Solid Curtain 2007, please contact the NAS Kingsville Public Affairs Office at 361-516-6375 or 516-6146.

- NAS Kingsville Public Affairs