Meridian Star

Local News

February 28, 2013

Mock protest part of training at NAS Meridian

MERIDIAN —     An exercise simulating individuals protesting in support of the environment was held Tuesday at the front gate of Naval Air Station Meridian.

    The mock protest on board NAS Meridian was held in conjunction with the annual force protection and anti-terrorism exercise Citadel Shield (CS) 2013 which is conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States annually. Citadel Shield is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units throughout the U.S.

    "We use realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy and security forces maintain a high level of readiness to respond to dynamic threats," said Capt. Charles C. Moore II, commanding officer, NAS Meridian.  "It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our equipment, and, more importantly, our Sailors and their families, as well as Navy civilians and contractors.  

    "Exercises like these help us to be prepared to respond to various situations and threats. The objective is to train our personnel to understand and respond to terrorist events, or any event, that might target or threaten NAS Meridian. Citadel Shield combines the installation's security forces, first responders, police, safety personnel, tenant commands, and emergency management. These departments are the backbone of our installation and are normally the first to respond to incidents."  

    Meridian's Installation Training Team planned the drill for months and brought together the different departments to exercise their response to emergency situations.

    "It is critical to what we do," said Chuck Martin, NAS Meridian Installation Training Team. "The scenario gives departments much needed training -- from the watch-standers at the entry control points all the way up to the commanding officer that has to make the critical decisions."

    This year's exercise also involved the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department who responded to assist base security with crowd control.

1
Text Only
Local News
Facebook
Helium debate
Helium
Twitter Updates
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide