U.S. Forces Command CSM Michael Grinston on inadequate training.
Navy Preps for Terrorism from Within
March 20, 2012 "Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2012 is now underway around the country on 44 Navy installations. Navy officialdom explains that the "annual exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units," reports KAPS 660AM in Mount Vernon, Washington. "The Exercise Plan requires full implementation and sustainment of elevated force protection conditions for at least 48 hours and is anticipated to be from about 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 24," reports TheBayNet. WAVY-TV 10 in Norfolk, Virginia, reports that the Navy conducted "chilling scenarios" at Joint Expeditionary Base Little-Creek Fort Story in Hampton Roads on Monday. One scenario involved a military person who went ballistic after serving numerous tours of duty in Afghanistan. "During Monday's training scenario, an American sailor has turned his weapon against his shipmates and is threatening the security of the harbor," WAVY-10 reports today. WAVY-10 cites the murder of civilians in Afghanistan, allegedly by a U.S. soldier, and notes "the stress of combat can be overwhelming and lead to bizarre and violent behavior."