TRAFFIC UPDATE – 2/10/22 – Pax Gates 2 and 3 Closure.
NAS Pax River Gates 2 and 3 will close at 9 a.m. Feb. 10 for incoming and outgoing traffic. Gates 2 and 3 will re-open from 3 p.m.-6p.m. for outgoing traffic only.
TRAFFIC UPDATE – 2/10/22 – Pax Gate 2 is OPEN.
NAS Pax River Gate 2 is OPEN for incoming and outgoing traffic Feb 10, 2022.
UPDATE – 2/9/22 – On Feb. 10, 2022, Gate 1 will remain OPEN 24/7. From 0600-0900, Gate 3 will be OPEN to accommodate morning rush only.
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – NAS Patuxent River is setting FPCON Charlie as part of the Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022 (CS-SC 22) exercise. Pax River’s Gate 2, Gate 3, and WOLF are secured until further notice. All traffic utilize gate 1.
Force Protection Condition (FPCON) Charlie applies when a terrorist or hostile act incident occurs within the commander’s area of interest or intelligence is received indicating a hostile act, some form of terrorist action or targeting DoD elements, personnel, or facilities.
The Navy’s annual Citadel Shield and Solid Curtain exercises are week-long training events. Because we “train like we fight,” FPCON changes during CS-SC aren’t simulated. Though CS-SC is not in response to any specific threat, any security measures that would be made in response to a specific real-world threat will be made during the exercise. Examples of this might be the requirement for 100% ID checks at all installation entry points, or the placement of additional barriers for traffic control.
Whether the change is made for exercise purposes or for a real-world threat, it’s important to understand what FPCON Charlie represents and to be patient with our police and military security team members who are responsible for keeping the installation safe.