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Anti-terrorism training at Seabee base this week

Starting Monday, security will be beefed up at the Gulfport Seabee base. Base leaders will launch an anti-terrorism exercise called Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield.

A news release from the Naval Construction Battalion Center says the Solid Curtain portion of the exercise will focus on command, control, and communication between all echelons Navy wide. Citadel Shield emphasizes installation-level training exercises to test the ability of installation security forces during an emergency.

How will this impact you? Seabee commanders say military personnel, civilian employees, retirees, and family members should be prepared for traffic delays on roads near the base, as well as at installation gates.

The base will totally lock down from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 6. The gates will be closed during that time and no entry or exit will be allowed. All movement on base will be restricted.

It's recommend that people add time to their travel plans to avoid being late for appointments on board the installation.

The news release says although the Navy Exchange (NEX), Commissary and Naval Branch Health Clinic are not highly affected during most of the exercise, all facilities on board the installation, with the exception of the Navy Exchange Mini-Mart Gas Station, will be closed until 1:30 p.m. or later February 12. The clinic will only have minimum manning that day, as well. Drivers will experience significant delays at Pass Road gate on the afternoon of Feb. 11 and morning of February 12. Everyone must have proper identification for entry onto the base and follow all directions from installation security personnel.

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