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Security exercise to cause delays at base gates

Feb. 19, 2013 - 11:25AM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 - 11:25AM  |  
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Sailors stationed in the continental U.S. are urged to start their commute to work earlier than usual over the next two weeks to account for a security exercise that may lead to long lines at the gates to Navy bases.

Navy Installations Command is conducting Citadel Shield, an annual drill that includes beefed-up security forces. As such, there will be more inspections at the gate that may lead to waits to get inside for sailors and their dependants with business on the installation.

The delay will vary depending on installation, gate and time of day, but it shouldn't last longer than 30 minutes, CNIC spokeswoman Christine Mahoney said.

The exercise is designed to improve installation security, Mahoney said; people may notice drills, but they shouldn't interfere with regular operations.

The drills started Tuesday and will last through March 1, weekends excluded. The exercise is not a response to any particular incident, Mahoney said.

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