COLTS NECK/MIDDLETOWN, NJ  — Navy installations around the country, including Naval Weapons Station Earle in Monmouth County, are conducting a force protection exercise called Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019.

This annual force protection exercise, which is being conducted at Station Earle's Colts Neck and Leonardo locations through February 15, is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces.

This exercise is not in response to any threat, but a regularly scheduled event. Since local communities may see or hear security activities associated with this exercise, measures have been taken to minimize disruptions, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access, according to the Navy.

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Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first-responders.

Area residents may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise. Additionally, residents in the immediate area may hear announcements over the station’s emergency broadcast system.  To eliminate any confusion with possible real world events, all announcements related to the drill will begin and end with the statement, “Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.”

Station Earle's mainside is located in Colts Neck and the waterfront area is in the Leonardo section of Middletown. The two areas are connected by a private, federally owned roadway.

For more information, contact the NWS Earle Public Affairs Office at 732-866-2171.