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Naval Support Activity Orlando prepares for annual force protection exercise

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160203-N-SX613-001 ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb 3, 2016) Security personnel from Naval Support Activity Orlando apprehend a simulated active shooter during exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016. The annual exercise enhances the training and readiness of Naval Security Forces across the continental United States. (U.S. Navy Photo by Doug Schaub/Released)



Naval Support Activity Orlando prepares for annual force protection exercise


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Naval Support Activity Orlando will participate in an annual anti-terrorism force protection exercise Feb. 3-14.

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 (CS/SC 20) is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all continental United States Navy installations.

"The Navy conducts this exercise each year to ensure we are ready to respond at all times," said NSA Orlando Commanding Officer, Capt. Tim Hill. "Events such as the recent act of terror at Naval Air Station Pensacola show that the threat is real and that these exercises help us maintain preparedness. This year’s event will be a little more visible outside the base than in the past and will provide another excellent opportunity to integrate with our local first responders, particularly Orange County Sherriff’s Office, UCF Police Department, and Orange County Fire and Rescue."

The exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners.

Exercise CS/SC 20 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal facility operations, but there may be times when exercise activity causes increased traffic near NSA Orlando in the Central Florida Research Park or delays in base access. Increased security activity associated with the exercises may be noticed around the facility perimeter and the facility main entrance located at 12211 Science Drive. Advance coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.

"NSA Orlando and the surrounding facilities represent a very unique construct, and we can’t be successful without our local partnerships," Hill said. Located within the Central Florida Research Park, the Navy facility opened in 1988 as the home of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) Orlando. NAWCTSD Orlando is the Navy’s principal center for modeling, simulation, and training systems technologies. NAWCTSD provides training systems development for a wide spectrum of military programs, including aircraft, surface ships, submarines, and other specialized requirements.

For information about potential impacts due to the exercise, check us out on social media at or Twitter @NSA_Orlando.