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Anti-Terror Drill Simulates Multiple Attacks at NAS Fallon

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The Navy conducted an anti-terrorism drill at Naval Air Station Fallon Tuesday to test its response to multiple terrorist attacks. The drill, titled "Solid Curtain – Citadel Shield" included a simulated active shooter, a simulated suicide bomber at an evacuation site, and finally a simulated sniper who attacked the emergency command center.

Navy Commander Eugene Woodruff said drills like this make first responders better. "Today what you saw was the NAS Fallon contribution to Citadel Shield. it's a Navy-wide exercise to test our anti-terror and force protection procedures-- which is really controlling a crime scene, stopping the spread of the crime spree and saving lives that have been threatened that day," Woodruff explained.

The scenario was similar to the Navy Yard shootings because the bad guys were members of the military and had access to the base. Woodruff said the exercise was designed to be overwhelming. "We don't exercise to make ourselves look good," he said. "We exercise to the point of failure so we can see where we fail in our response and put processes in place and resources—so if it every happens we can handle that level of adversary," said Woodruff.

The drill was designed to simulate actual attacks similar to Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. and the bombings at the Boston Marathon. It also tests how Navy security forces respond, and how they work with other agencies in northern Nevada. The Fallon Police Department and Churchill County Sheriff's Office also participated. Drama students from Churchill County High School played the victims.

Following the drill, the agencies will debrief the exercise, to see what went right, and what improvements they need to make for the future.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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