NAS KINGSVILLE – Naval Air Station Kingsville will participate in an annual anti-terrorism force protection exercise Feb. 3-14.


Exercise Citadel Shield/Solid Curtain 2020 is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S.


The exercise is a regularly scheduled event designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners. It is not in response to any specific threat.


“This annual exercise uses realistic training scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy security forces maintain a high-level of readiness to respond to changing and dynamic events,” said Commanding Officer Capt. Erik Spitzer.


The captain continued that the air station has had advanced coordination with local law enforcement and first responders, and that measures are in place to minimize disruptions to the community and to normal base operations.


“There may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around the air station or delays in base access,” said Spitzer. “Residents in the immediate vicinity of the air station may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise.”


Patients of the Branch Health Clinic should anticipate delays entering the air station and plan accordingly in order to arrive on time for scheduled appointments. Additionally, at some point during the two-week exercise, entry to the clinic will be routed through the Flag Pole/Quarterdeck entrance, require 100 percent ID checks, and limit the disability parking to the parking lot with the blue ramp. Patients requiring wheelchair assistance into the building should call the Quarterdeck at 361-516-6160 upon arrival.