GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) personnel may experience delays while entering and exiting the station from March 19-24 due to Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 12, an annual Navy-wide exercise.
The purpose of the exercise is to maintain the highest level of force protection/readiness possible for Navy installations across the Continental United States (CONUS), including the ships and tenant commands located on the bases. It is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy Security Forces to respond to threats to installations and units.
Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base and station operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. Area residents may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise.
"Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield will test the full range of Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection conditions throughout the week with multiple drills," said JD Dill, NSGL installation training officer. "All personnel should be prepared, and expect, to encounter delays both entering and exiting the installation, along with some limited services during the drills. Please be patient and thank you in advance for assisting us in improving the safety and security of NSGL."
A primary objective of SC/CS12 is to test the Navy's ability to rapidly establish heightened installation security and emergency management as well as to test recovery and restoration actions. unit mission essential personnel (MEP) will be tested through a series of force protection conditions (FPCONs).
MEP will be identified by their commands and must report for work as scheduled or report absence and request leave consistent with normal procedure. Failure of MEP to properly report absence may result in absence without leave.
Non-MEP will be identified by their commands. Excused absence or administrative leave is not authorized. Non-MEP personnel are strongly encouraged, but not required, to remain away from affected CONUS Navy installations during the exercise. Those non-MEPs who choose not to report for work during the exercise may be permitted to use annual leave, advanced annual leave, leave without pay, earned compensatory time, credit hours earned, or request leave without pay following normal leave and attendance procedures
For non-MEPs who choose not to report for work during the exercise, commanders or heads of activities may permit unscheduled telework where appropriate, modified alternate work schedule/regular day off to cover a one-day absence, adjustment of work schedules to reduce congestion at security entrances, or assignment to an alternative worksite.
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