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The annual Anti Terrorism Force Protection Exercise SOLID CURTAIN-CITADEL SHIELD (SC-CS) is scheduled for the week of March 19-24, 2012. This exercise is designed to ensure all Navy installations are prepared to execute essential functions and facilitate effective response and recovery in the event of a terrorist threat or actual terrorist event. A key element of this preparation is identifying the critical missions and associated Mission-Essential Personnel requiring installation access during heightened force protection conditions. The 2012 SC-CS Exercise Plan requires full implementation and sustainment of Force Protection Condition Charlie (FPCON Charlie) from 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 24. During this time, all NON-Mission Essential Personnel are strongly encouraged to remain away from the installation.

Capt. Ted Mills, commander of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, explains what the public should expect from the base’s security exercise later this month.

Base access will be implemented in accordance with installation Commanding Officer’s guidance. In general, the following guidance applies:

Thursday, March 22: All employees should report to duty as usual and plan to leave the base at their normal departure time. NOTE: Once FPCON CHARLIE is initiated at 12 p.m., only employees designated as Mission Essential Personnel (MEP) should re-enter the base. Non-Mission Essential Personnel (non-MEP) leaving the base after 12 p.m. should NOT plan to return to the base until after the exercise has been completed at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Activities will close at their normal time, with the exception of the Center Stage Theater which will not open for its normal Thursday night movie. Pharmacy, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, March 23: Mission Essential Personnel (MEP) must report to work as scheduled aboard the installation, or request leave consistent with normal procedures. Non-MEP should make arrangements with their supervisors as appropriate (see guidance for Non-MEP below).

The following activities are open during the listed hours: Youth Program, School Age Care, Child Development Program, Family Child Care, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Navy Recreation Center Solomons (check-in), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Navy Exchange Mini-Mart, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Subway, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; McDonald’s, 6 p.m. to 6 p.m., Seawings (Building 2272), 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. with reduced staffing; Navy Gateway Inns and Suites, 24 hours with reduced staffing; Pharmacy, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following activities are closed: Single Sailor Program Liberty, Theater Reservations, Aquatics Fitness, Fitness Conditioning Drill Hall, Fitness Center Energy Zone, Auto Skills Program, ITT Program, River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center, all Eddie’s locations, Marina, Golf Program, Center Stage Theater, Fleet and Family Support Center, Lincoln Family Housing Center, Bachelor Housing, Navy Exchange Main Store and Food Court (staffing for pharmacy only), Commissary.

Saturday, March 24: Activities requiring base access (MWR, Movies, Sports, Navy Exchange, Commissary, etc…) should be deferred until after 12 p.m.

The following activities will observe the listed schedule: Single Sailor Program Liberty, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Aquatics Fitness, Fitness Conditioning Drill Hall, Auto Skills Program, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Bowling, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.; River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Golf Program, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Center Stage theater, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. movie showings; NRC Solomons (check-in), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Navy Exchange and Mini Mart, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Subway, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; McDonald’s, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Commissary, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Source: Pax River Public Affairs

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