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Exercise Citadel Shield - Solid Curtain 2022

01 February 2022

From John Sheppard, Naval Station Great Lakes Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. - The Navy will commence its largest annual force protection exercise today at installations throughout the United States, including Naval Station Great Lakes.

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 31 – Feb. 11, is an annual two-week force protection and anti-terrorism exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on all Navy installations in the continental United States.

The exercises are designed to enhance the readiness of Navy first responders and ensure seamless interoperability among Navy commands, other services and agency partners. Citadel Shield is the field training exercise led by CNIC, and Solid Curtain is a command post exercise co-led by USFFC and CNIC.

“Our Sailors will be perfecting their tactics, training and procedures, and honing their skills to ensure they remain the premier fighting force, ready and able to defend our nation every day,” said Capt. Jason Williamson, NSGL Commanding Officer.

These exercises use realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy security forces maintain a high level of readiness to respond to changing and dynamic threats.

Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around Great Lakes or delays in base access. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.

“This exercise will provide participants with an opportunity to assess capabilities, plans, policies, and procedures. It will focus on decision-making, coordination, and integration with other jurisdictions/organizations during a variety of scenarios. The expected outcome of the exercise is successful integration of, and communication of first responders throughout the community and the Navy,” said Terry Lanners, Installation Training Officer.

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

For updates during the exercise, visit the base’s Facebook account at, and the base’s Twitter account at

Press inquiries should be directed to 847-688-2430, ext. 359 or by email


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