NSA CRANE Takes Part in Anti-Terror Exercise

The worlds third largest naval installation is located just 85 miles north of Evansville.

NSA CRANE is a major employer for southern Indiana and a potential target for terror.

Earlier today, the Navy installation took part in an active shooter drill, to enhance its readiness should a worst case scenario situation one day happen.

Wednesday, February 1st, is "Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017."

"It's a two week long exercise done throughout the continental United States," says Public Affairs Officer Jeff M. Nagan. "We at CRANE participated. We had one event out here today."

It is an anti-terrorism and force protection exercise created to be as real as possible.

"No special training was done particularly to isolate this exercise. So a lot of our police force didn't even know exactly where it would take place or how it would go down."
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"So every response that we saw here today was in real time and was as if the event was actually happening?"
"That is absolutely correct."

Once the entire exercise concludes on February 10th, Nagan says officials will be putting together an After Action Report.

"Where there are areas for improvement. What were things they thought they did well and worth repeating. All that data will be put together with other events that happened throughout the installation and present that to the commander so that way we can make sure we're doing what's right and address those things that we could do better."

And although there's always room for improvement -- Nagan says the overall goal of NSA CRANE remains the same: caring for its people and installations -- and making sure their always safe.

Nagan says, "We want to make sure that we address the potential for threats and handle it with the upmost importance and take it seriously."


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