Whidbey Navy base security exercises in progress

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and other Navy bases in the Puget Sound and Seattle area are participating in an annual security readiness exercise, Solid Curtain – Citadel Shield. It started Monday and is expected to proceed through Feb. 12.

During the exercise, installation personnel and surrounding residents may see backed up traffic near base gates. Civilans, contractors, visitors and retirees should be flexible with their scheduling of meetings and appointments during the exercise, according to a Navy news release.

The Navy routinely conducts this type of security exercise to practice emergency procedures. The annual exercise uses realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy Security Forces maintain a high level of readiness to respond to changing and dynamic threats.

For more information, residents can contact the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at 360-257-2286.

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