Base exercise expected to impact IWV

Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2014 is being conducted on all Naval installations throughout the continental United States through Feb. 28. This annual event, geared to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel, is not in response to any specific threat, but is regularly scheduled for practical experience and learning.

To comply with exercise objectives delineated by Fleet Forces Command, an ever-increasing security posture at NAWS China Lake is expected throughout the exercise.

Random anti-terrorism measures (RAMS) will increase during the week, which will cause delays at the gates. At one point during the exercise, community badges may not be accepted for access to the Station.

Sierra Sands Unified School District has been briefed about the exercise and is prepared to carry out its plans for getting students attending Richmond Elementary and Murray Middle School to and from the base if access is curtailed due to force protection conditions. Information will be posted on the SSUSD website,

An update posted on Monday reported on the first day of the exercise: “Under the scenario, two victims were fatally shot and the shooter then turned the gun on herself, inflecting a fatal wound. Identifications of the victims and the shooter will not be released until the next of kin have been notified.

There is no word on any other injuries at this time.”

Exercise updates will be posted on ChinaLake starting the close of business Friday, Feb. 21 You may also call the NAWSCL Information line, (760) 939-1887 for the latest information.

Questions should be addressed to the NAWSCL Public Affairs Office at (760) 939-1683.

Story First Published: 2014-02-26