A military training event in Navarre near the library on James Harvell Road caused a bit of panic this morning among library workers and visitors.
“We received a call about a suspicious person near the Navarre Library,” Rich Aloy, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said. “We did evacuate the library while we were investigating.”
Deputies determined the incident was a military training event. In the meantime, Navarre High School was placed under a Secure Facility status, meaning classes went on as usual but all entrances and exits were locked while deputies determined the cause of the concern.
A call to Ciara Travis at the 492nd Public Affairs Office, confirmed it was training. She sent Navarre Press a statement that reads:
“Members from the 492d Special Operations Wing were participating in a routine training exercise 24 Oct in Navarre, Fla.
This military training was pre-coordinated with local law enforcement officials. All training occurs at designated sites with the permission of city officials.
It’s important for our military members to train in a variety of different locations and unfamiliar environments to prepare for deployments overseas.
We regret any confusion this may have caused. Safety of the general public and military personnel while conducting this invaluable training is our top priority.”
Aloy urges citizens to use the Sheriff’s Office number to report concerns, but cautions that calling in with questions during an event bogs down the phones that would otherwise be used for tips and information.