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For Marine Corps, a Piece of Cake

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On the Marine Corps’ 239th birthday, cake was served at Quantico.

And, much like everything else that comes with Marines, there was a ceremony stemmed in tradition that was held before anyone took their first bite.

The annual cake cutting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps is a special day. Both the youngest and the oldest Marines present are honored during the ceremony.

“The first piece of cake is given to the oldest Marine present to symbolize our heritage and our history, and then the oldest Marine gives that piece of cake to the youngest Marine symbolizing that we pass down our tradition and our knowledge so that they can carry on the traditions of the Corps,” said museum spokeswoman Gwenn Adams.

The youngest Marine to eat cake on Monday is 20 years old and is preparing to become an officer.

And while Charlie Quick, 79, of Arlington served in the Corps during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1960, he wasn’t the oldest this time. “I can’t get that first piece of cake. I’ll be 80 on my next birthday so maybe I’ll get it next time,” said the regular museum visitor.

Since it opened in 2006, the Marine Corps museum has become a national destination for those who served in the Corps. Commemorative bricks were used to fund a portion of the construction, and many come here to see the ones they’ve purchased.

“This is my first time east of the Mississippi,” said Jack Price, of Avon, Mont., a Marine who served from 1951 to 1954. He came to the east coast specifically to see the museum.

The museum attracts travelers and school children from across the country. It’s so busy t that it is about to grow again as the construction of the final wing of the planned museum is set to begin.

The new area will complete the circular design of the base of the museum, its architecture modeled from an Associated Press photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal of Marines raising the U.S. Flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The final 126,000 square foot phase of the museum will include a 350-seat theater, art galleries, and new classrooms that will open in 2017. Historical galleries, a new exhibit showcasing a time between WWI and WWII, and a changing exhibit area will open in 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively.

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Drivers Sit in Jammed Traffic at Quantico

Quantico Marine Corps Base stalls at 2 gates 

 

Drivers getting off Interstate 95 heading for the back gate of Quantico slowed early on Wednesday.

A line of cars formed on the shoulder of the northbound side of the highway before exit 148 at the Stafford / Prince William County line. Below the highway, a sea of cars sat on Russell Road with drivers all trying to make their way on to Quantico Marine Corps Base about 7:30 a.m.

Further north at exit 150 at Dumfries / Triangle, another line of cars headed for the main gate of the Marine Corps base formed on the shoulder of the highway. Surrounding roads leading to the main gate Joplin Road and Route 1 were also jammed due to the congestion.

So, what was happening to cause such big delays at both main entry points?

“There was nothing going on. Absolutely nothing,” said Maj. Andrew J. Bormann, a Quantico Marine Corps Base spokesman. “Some days it’s like that, some days it’s not.”

The congestion cleared up after drivers passed the entry gates to the base, added Bormann. Military police guard the gates and check drivers’ IDs and permits affixed to car windshields that permit military personnel and civilian employees access to Quantico.

There was no heightened security at Quantico on Wednesday, and military police were not randomly stopping drivers for security purposes, according to information provided by Bormann.

In 2013, the a federal traffic study was conducted at Quantico’s main gate and along Route 1 ad at Russell Road at Quantico’s back gate, and at nearby Boswells Corner in Stafford County. It found that the traffic operates at “acceptable” levels except in the area of Joplin Road.

If nothing is done to improve overall traffic flow in the area, all of the intersections will be overcapacity by 2040, the study states. Work is underway to widen Route 1 at Boswells Corner, and work to widen Route 1 in Triangle from four to six lanes was recently completed.

Drivers wait in delays at Route 1 and Joplin Road before entrering Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Drivers wait in delays at Route 1 and Joplin Road before entrering Quantico Marine Corps Base.

 

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FBI Investigates ISIS Fliers at Quantico

Fliers that appear to be connected to the so-called Islamic state or ISIS, appeared to have been found at Quantico.

A government employee on Wednesday afternoon stumbled upon seven fliers while in the Town of Quantico, geographically located inside Quantico Marine Corps Base. Officials said the fliers contained the ISIS symbol and Arabic text.

The leaflets displayed the Islamic State’s symbol and were accompanied with the Arabic text, “We are here from Mexico, and came by train,” Maj. Major Andrew J. Bormann, Quantico Public Affairs director, stated in an email.

The fliers were found along River Road in the town and later turned over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Bowman said the fliers could be a hoax, but added the fliers are being taken very seriously and added the protection of the base, Marines, and base employees are a top priority.

No arrests have been made in connection with the fliers. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is looking into the validity of the fliers.

Town officials are also watching developments in this case.

“The town intends to take all necessary steps to assess the authenticity of the leaflets and to communicate all relevant information to town and base residents as well as the general public,” said Quantico Mayor Kevin Brown. “At this time there does not appear to be any increased risk persons or property.

Quantico officials said the level of security at the base has not been heightened due to the discovery of the fliers. Officials also did not say in which building the fliers were found.

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I-95 Delays Expected for Arrival of World Trade Center Steel

Motorcycle procession headed to Marine Corps Museum as part of dedication 

 

The arrival of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center is expected to cause delays this weekend on Interstate 95.

The steel will be brought from New York City to the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico. It’s part of a new memorial that commemorates 17 New York City firefighters who also were Marines.

Here’s more in a press release:

The steel will be brought from Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 4 and will be accompanied by approximately 800-1000 motorcycles in the final Iron and Steel Run. The convoy is expected to be approximately five miles long and may cause significant impact to traffic on Interstate 95. Virginia Department of Transportation will be closing the HOV lanes to accommodate the convoy which is expected to arrive at the National Museum at approximately 4 p.m.

A dedication for the steel memorial will be held at the museum beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The service is open to the public. Prior to the ceremony at 9:30 a.m., a procession of motorcycles will ride from Quantico Corporate Center in North Stafford to the museum at Quantico.

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Modern Day Marine is Largest Marine Corps Expo

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Hundreds of companies featured at Modern Day Marine

 

Modern Day Marine is called the premier expo for all things military.

Held Sept. 23 through 25 this year, the event showcases arms, equipment, drones, clothing and gadgets that the Marine Corps will use in war fighting both here and overseas.

There are hundreds of exhibitors that come to the Modern Day Marine event. Exhibitors like the Solarwinds company monitors the security of networks and is able to identify communication problems that may be uncounted by war fighters in the field. Samsung, developer of everything from TVs to cell phones, is also listed as an exhibitor at Modern Day Marine as it looks integrate more, smaller technology like computer hardware, into the hands of the nation’s military.

While the Modern Day Marine expos on full display at Quantico each year, there are also two other Modern Day Marine expos in the U.S. Marine West is held at Camp Pendleton in California and Marine South is held at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Potomac Local went to this year’s Modern Day Marine at Quantico and snapped these photos and put them into a slide show.

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Quantico Hosting Blockade Run Kayak and SUP Races

QUANTICO, Va. — The Town of Quantico is pleased to partner with the Ft. Belvior/Quantico Chapter of Team River Runner and the American Canoe Association (ACA) in hosting the 2nd Annual Blockade Run Kayak and SUP Races on Saturday Sept. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. 

This event will include the following races: 1K kayak race, 1K kayak 4-person team relay race, 1K SUP race, 1K SUP 4-person team relay, 250M Kids kayak race and 250M Kids SUP race. An awards ceremony will follow the races.

All equipment will be provided and is included in the registration fee. The registration fee for this event is $20 for adults, kids race for free. Same day registration will be available on race day. This event is open to the public.

Children eight years old and over are welcome to participate but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This event will be held at Raftelis Potomac River Park 408 River Road in Quantico. Team River Runner (TRR), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, gives active duty service-members and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports. Participants/individuals wishing to learn more about the mission of Team River Runner are encouraged to visit www.teamriverrunner.org. 

To register, please contact Mayor Kevin Brown at cell/text (571) 334-3432 or mayor@townofquantico.org. Find out more about this and other town events by visiting www.townofquantico.org or by searching for “Town of Quantico” on Facebook.

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Alfredo N. Fernandez, of Montclair, Completed U.S. Navy Basic Training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Alfredo N. Fernandez, son of Claudia Fernandez of Montclair, Va., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Fernandez completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. 

Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Forest Park Senior High School, Woodbridge, Va. 

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Future of Quantico Farmers Market in Doubt

QUANTICO, Va — Last Thursday marked the end of season and possibly the run of the farmers’ market at Quantico.

When the program launched last year, it was funded as a part of the Healthy Base Initiative pilot program. With funding cut for next season, Elizabeth Borst, Quantico Farmers’ Market Manager,said they are working on alternative resources to keep the market afloat. On average, 500 people visited the market each week. It’s a hopeful number but Borst admits that numbers need to double to remain viable.

One of the biggest challenges for the market is the transient nature of a military lifestyle.

“We would build our customer base and then they would all move away and then we’d have to start again,” Borst said. “Our lesson learned with that is we should get out in front of PCS season, and let Marines know about the farmers’ market as soon as they know of their active duty station.”

Borst who also manages the Spotsylvania Farmers’ Market, advocates the importance of fresh, local and affordable foods on base. This year, the market partnered with Semper Fit, the Marine Corps Exchange, the Commissary and other base organizations to advocate the importance of a healthy diet.

“It’s been about trying to expose military families to fresh food right in their community so that’s it’s easy for them to eat healthy,” Borst said.”We had a stronger season this year, than last. We hope to grow more each season but it takes time to change peoples’ eating habits and behaviors.”

Thanks to the help of Lauren King, dietitian at Semper Fit, people were able to get information and advice on food education and preparation. King attended the market bi-weekly as the “Vegucation Station” expert, offering materials that were provided by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Each week  King offered counseling and take-home material with preparation instructions and recipes based on in-season produce.

“We have found in the military community that these farmers markets look nice and pretty and Marines [their families and civilians] want to buy produce but they’re not really sure what to do with it once they bring it home,” King said.

In addition to food education, the market also invited a variety of food trucks each week. They also changed start times this season from 2 p.m. to 10 a.m., to accommodate work schedules. But regardless of the time switch, Lucia Anderson, a Marine spouse and an avid farmers’ market participate, said the base hours have always been much better than farmer’s market out in town, which usually are on Sundays and overcrowded, she said.

“I’m really delighted that they have a farmers’ market here for military families,” said Anderson, a Woodbridge resident. “The farmers’ market in Dale City near my home is only open on Sundays during church hours. The market here is very convenient because you can get you produce and then your groceries at the commissary.”

The future of the market is up in the air, but King and Borst said they remain hopeful. They also encourage families, civilians and military members who want to see the market back, voice their opinion and support.

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Quantico Construction Projects On Tap for Winter Completion

QUANTICO, Va. — As the calendar draws closer to the start of its fourth quarter, two of the most prominent construction projects aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico are on schedule for completion.

Traffic relief will be a step closer too with next month’s scheduled completion of the Russell Road Phase II project, and Marine Corps University’s expansion is on tap for occupancy by Jan. 2.

The latest phase is Russell Road’s second of three planned stages designed to ultimately widen the half mile of road between the Marine Corps Federal Credit Union and the Davis Center from two to four lanes. The project has proven a challenge at times to base traffic with partial road closures during peak traffic hours in the morning and late afternoon.

The $6 million Russell Road Phase II endeavor, which involves the relocation of sanitary sewer and the installation of a storm water pipe underway, in addition to adding two new traffic lanes, is tentatively slated for completion in early December. Work on this project is being performed by Arlington-based Corinthian Contractors.

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Gadson: Another Round of BRAC Possible for Area

LORTON, Va. — Fort Belvoir’s Commander Gregory D. Gadson will retire from his post in September; on the heels of what he said could be another round of base closures and realignments.

While there is no official talk of such a move, Gadson said Friday he thinks another round of BRAC, the Base Realignment and Closure commission as its referred to by federal officials, is a real possibility.

“I think there will be another BRAC, though, Congress has forbid us to use the word BRAC,” said Gadson to a group of business owners at a Prince William Chamber of Commerce event in Lorton.

The two military bases in our area, Fort Belvoir and Quantico Marine Corps Base, are fresh off a round of BRAC that was passed into law in 2005. The order meant military offices located inside commercial office buildings in Arlington closed and relocated to the secure military bases.

Fort Belvoir was most impacted by BRAC 2005 than any other military installation as it saw 20,000 new federal workers transferred to the base, on the main post, the new National Geospatial Agency in Springfield, and Rivana Station outside Charlottesville. Quantico saw about 3,000 new federal employees move onto base as part of BRAC. The majority of the BRAC relocation was complete by 2012.

Gadson will leave his post retiring after 26 years of service, with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s stepping down amid explosive growth at Fort Belvoir as a new 270,000 square feet Exchange store has just opened – the largest in the U.S. – as well as the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

The base has also become a leader in proving military housing to those who work on the base, as well as some Marines who work at Quantico. Fort Belvoir now contracts with a private property management firm to maintain its 2,100 military housing units, some newly built as part of BRAC.

“We can officially say that BRAC has ended but the work of BRAC at Fort Belvoir continues,” said Gadson.

There are other improvements underway at the base, including widening U.S. 1 from Telegraph Road to six lanes from Va. 235 (Mount Vernon Highway), as well as adding a new Twitter account to increase the garrison’s social media presence.

“I don’t tweet, but someone else does maintain that,” quipped Gadson.

The commander will remain in the area after retiring, he said. He continues to encourage small businesses to hire military veterans.

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Bridge Hit by Dump Truck Needs Repair

050914-bridgeQUANTICO, Va. — An overpass in the Interstate 95 Express Lanes corridor has been damaged.

Construction crews must repair a girder on the on a bridge carrying Interstate 95 traffic over Russell Road, just outside the rear entrance to Quantico Marine Corps Base.

A dump truck struck a girder on the bridge, which lies within the 95 Express Lanes Project where crews are working to convert the highway’s existing HOV lanes between Dumfries and the Pentagon to toll lanes, as well as extend them south from Dumfries to North Stafford.

While the bridge work isn’t expected to impact I-95 traffic, orange cones will go up on Russell Road – an area that can become congested during the morning and evening rush hours as workers enter and exit the Marine Corps Base.

The work was due to begin on or about May 5 and is expected to last into June.

 

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Quist Only New Mayoral Face in Prince William’s Towns

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — In the wake of Tuesday’s town elections in Prince William County, much is still the same except in Occoquan.

That’s where Mayor-Elect Elizabeth A.C. “Liz” Quist will replace the retiring Mayor Earnie Porta, whose during his six-year term became the biggest cheerleader for the tiny town on the Occoquan River. He’ll most likely seek higher office during a later election.

Quist, a tax accountant, says she’ll champion issues like financial responsibility, as well as creating an operating budget that isn’t so dependent upon revenues generated from the town’s two highly attended spring and fall craft fairs.

“We’re a growing town, and we’ve got a great staff that’s put together, and it’s time we polish our procedures that we have in place to make sure they’re efficient,” said Quist.

Part of that new staff is Town Manager Kirstyn Barr who was hired earlier this year. And, serving as town crier over the past few years has been an email newsletter distributed by Porta – something Quist said she may try to replace but will never be able to duplicate.

“Earnie has done a lot of set us up… we’ve got a strong council, now…we have to make sure that we work together,” said Quist. “There will be some changes and people with feel that after having the same leader for six years, but I hope people won’t have to feel a huge shift.”

While Quist ran unopposed, the mayors of Prince William’s others towns of Dumfries, Haymarket, and Quantico all had candidates looking to unseat sitting mayors. All of the challengers failed.

Dumfries

In Dumfries, Gerald “Jerry” Foreman will hold onto his seat, after briefly dropping out of the race on April 1 before jumping back in, beating Vice-Mayor Willie J. Toney by 87 votes.

“This is a message from the voters telling the council members work with the mayor by saying ‘this is the mayor we want, you gave us a choice, and we’re telling you which mayor has the vision and which mayor which mayor is going to move us forward,’ and they’re telling the council move… and work with the mayor,” said Foreman.

All of the incumbent council members – Gwen Washington, Kristen Forrester, and Derrick Wood – will keep their seats after two write-in candidates – Cydny Neville and Christy Hart – failed to get enough votes to unseat them.

Quantico

Mayor Kevin Brown will keep his seat in Quantico, beating out former Mayor Isis Ross Tharpe by 46 votes of the 146 that were cast on Tuesday.

“I believe the outcome of the mayoral race shows that the people in town have recognized the progress made over the past two years and approve of the direction the town is headed in,” Brown wrote in a prepared statement.

Brown applauded residents for re-electing Vice Mayor Russell “Rusty” Kuhns, and noted he was surprised voters installed the husband and wife team of Councilwoman Peggy Alexander and Councilman-Elect Lucian G. “Alex” Alexander on the dais.

Haymarket

In Haymarket, Mayor David Leake will keep his seat despite being censured by his fellow councilmembers several times over an internal investigation involving the town’s police chief. He beat out challenger Josh Mattox by 68 of the 264 votes cast on Tuesday.

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Flag Returns to Statue, Repairs Needed

The flag on the Iwo Jima statute at the main entrance to Quantico Marine Corps Base is flying again.

The banner was removed March 31 after a crack in the statue was found, on the hand of one of the men in the sculpture.

Quantico spokesman 2nd Lt. Matthew Rojo says repair work is scheduled for the statue. He’s not clear how long it will take to repair the hand, however.

A target of vandals, the statue was defaced in 2012 when a line of pink spray paint was smeared on the base of the statue.

Architects used the highly recognizable statue, modeled after a World War II photograph, to design the National Museum of the Marine Corps which opened in 2006.

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U.S. Flag Goes Missing from Iwo Jima Statue

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QUANTICO, Va. — Something symbolic was missing from one of our community’s most recognized statues Monday.

The U.S. Flag was removed from the Iwo Jima statue outside Quantico Marine Corps Base. A replica of the original Iwo Jima statue that stands at Arlington National Cemetery, the sculpture stands outside the main entrance to the base and can prominently be seen by passersby on U.S. 1, Joplin and Fuller roads.

Quantico Base spokesman 2nd Lt. Matthew Rojo told Potomac Local News why the flag was missing:

“The flag was taken down this morning when we noticed a crack in the statue’s hand which provides the upper support for the mast. Facilities is looking into what needs to be done to reinforce the hand.”

We don’t know how long repairs to the statue are expected to take.

The Island of Iwo Jima was the site of where, in 1945 during World War II and a fierce fight with Japanese soldiers, U.S. Marines raised the flag at the highest point of the island. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped an iconic photo of the flag raising.

The photo has also been used for the inspiration of the design for the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico.

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Stafford Supervisor Takes Issue with Military Vehicles on 610

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Have you seen military vehicles traveling on Garrisonville Road lately?

Several Marines were using light armored vehicles, known as LAVs, when training at Quantico last weekend. Some drivers, including Garrisonville District Supervisor Laura Sellers, noticed the LAVs using Va. 610 (Garrisonville Road) to transport Marines to the training sites.

Sellers noted seeing the LAVs during a discussion about the Quantico Joint Land Use Study which, among other things, talks about the need for military personnel to use Va. 610 to transport vehicles to the western portions of Quantico, where many of the base’s muntions ranges are located.

“It doesn’t’ happen often, but just last week I have a question about what that does to our roads. If they’re going to be out there are they going to make sure 610 is going to be taken care of,” asked Sellers. “There’s wear and tear on the road, and it’s a heavily-traveled road.”

Quantico officials point out that the LAVs are “road ready” and use pneumatic tires, not tank tracks; the same kind of tires you would find on any truck. As more Marines return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is the potential that even more training will be conduced on base to warfighters can maintain their training.

But the military vehicles, like large trucks, are heavy, and vehicle weight is something that Virginia State Police monitor at places like truck weigh scales along interstate highways.

“Weight matters, and tanks are not light,” Stafford Rockill District Supervisor Cord Sterling chimed in.

Sterling also serves on Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board with whose entire mission is highways and transportation.

Base officials say Stafford residents shouldn’t be alarmed to see the LAVs on Va. 610.

“Tactical vehicles are designed to support military and humanitarian missions and as such will look different from something you would drive off the showroom floor at a dealership. But as far as contact with the road and impact on infrastructure are concerned, most military vehicles are similar to their civilian counterparts,” said Quantico spokesman 2nd Lt. Matthew Rojo. “Also, because safety is one of our top priorities it important to mention that each military driver is specially licensed to operate their vehicles to ensure the roads are safe for all who share them.”

Officials from Stafford County who worked on the Joint Land Use Study told Sellers and Sterling that more discussion needs to take place between the county and the base, and that Stafford County could provide some type of escorts for the military vehicles during evening hours when traffic on Va. 610 is lighter.

There has also been discussion about building a road on the base itself so vehicles wouldn’t have to use Va. 610 at all, but there is currently no funding for such a military thoroughfare.

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Quantico’s Maxwell to Help Commemorate James Madison’s Birthday

QUANTICO, Va. — Col. David Maxwell, the commanding officer at Quantico Marine Corps Base, will lay a special wreath commemorating the 262nd birthday of President James Madison.

Maxwell will attend the celebration honoring the 4th U.S. president at Madison’s Virginia home, Montpelier.

The Marine Corps Band from Quantico will also perform.

Here’s more information from a statement from the Marine Corps Base:

The Marine Corps Base Quantico Marine Band will be performing at the ceremony, while the Base Color Guard escorts the base colors and the national ensign. An Honor Guard will also be present, in the form of a firing squad, presenting a 21-gun salute to the former commander-in-chief.

Madison is known as the “father of the constitution” for his role in developing the U.S. governing document.

The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Montpelier. The gates to the historic property open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission on Sunday is free.

Maxwell returned form serving in Afghanistan in February 2012 and was named commander of Quantico Marine Corps Base shortly thereafter. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988.

 

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Updated: Quantico, Stafford HAZMAT Crews Find No Leak

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A Freon detection unit at a building on Quantico gave a false alarm this morning prompting a HAZMAT response.

Some 40 to 50 people who were inside the building at the time of the alarm were evacuated, but all were let back inside the building after officials deemed it was safe, according to Quantico Assistant FChief Palermo said.

Fire and rescue crews from Stafford County and Quantico responded to the call while crews from Prince William County helped to “backfill” a Quantico fire station while crews were on the scene, according to Quantico fire and emergency services assistant chief Dwayne Palermo

Rescue crews spent one hour and used standalone gas detection devices to check for leaks and none were found.

No one was injured and a work order has been placed to fix the malfunctioning alarm system.

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Fire and rescue crews from Prince William and Stafford counties were sent to Quantico this morning for a report of a HAZMAT.

We’re working to find out more information about what is happening on the base. A Quantico spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Emergency crews were told to use MCB 3 to gain access to the HAZMAT area, one of several roads located on the base.

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Suspected Poacher at Work at Quantico, Police Investigate

QUANTICO, Va. — The body found sprawled in bloodied snow off Application Trail in Training Area 8 of Marine Corps Base Quantico had been shot, beheaded and skinned. The body cavity was still warm when authorities arrived at the scene in the afternoon of Dec. 10, 2013.

It was the carcass of a buck, shot with a rifle in an archery-only zone and most likely shot from the road. Along with the head, the backstrap — the choicest cut of meat — had also been removed.

“That’s the nastiest type of poaching there is,” said Euel Tritt, head of conservation law enforcement for the base. “What a waste. You’ve got 50 pounds of meat that the buzzards eat.”

It’s also an offense that carries heavy penalties and, in the case of a Marine, can end a career.

Read more in the Quantico Sentry.

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Telegraph Bridge Reopening Planned, Will Reconnect Quantico with U.S. 1

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QUANTICO, Va. — A new bridge that will connect the west side of Quantico Marine Corps Base with U.S. 1 is nearly complete.

The reconstructed bridge carries traffic via Telegraph Road over Interstate 95 onto a portion of the base where the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is located, as well as the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Work to rebuild the bridge began this past spring.

More in a press release:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that the new Telegraph Road Bridge, which crosses over I-95, near Marine Core Base Quantico (MCBQ) is in its final stage of construction. Crews are completing finishing work on the new bridge deck, as well as the fencing.

The bridge will remain closed to traffic until early February 2014 to accommodate a MCBQ construction project at the nearby Russell Knox Building. MCBQ will use the Telegraph Road corridor (specifically areas west of the bridge on Quantico property) for staging and the safe delivery of concrete beams to the construction site at the Russell Knox Building. Truck deliveries may occur 24 hours a day using Telegraph Road, Tallmadge Road and Russell Road, but will not be crossing the bridge.

Drivers will continue to follow current detour signs to U.S. Route 1 or Russell Road in order to access I-95 or Telegraph Road. Drivers should continue to expect an additional five to eight minute delay during peak travel times.

Construction of the new Telegraph Road Bridge began last April, at which time the old bridge was closed and demolished. The bridge spans over I-95 and the future new Express Lanes.

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Study: Soundproofing New Homes & Schools, Limited Growth Critical to Quantico Sustainability

QUANTICO, Va. — Military officials want local governments to require better sound protection in homes and other structures built around Quantico Marine Corps Base.

In a new Joint Land Use Study, or JLUS, released today by Quantico and Stafford County, base officials cite creating new sound attenuation standards as one of eight critical needs facing operations at the crossroads of the Marine Corps, as well as future development around the military installation.

The new guidelines would need to be put in place for new homes, churches, and other public buildings. The study specifically cites putting guidelines in place for a new Moncure Elementary School to be built in North Stafford near the base’s boundary line.

Noise from demolition ranges on the base the frequently produce loud booms that rattle windows, and that been known to shake whole houses, which often lead to complaints from area residents.

Quantico also wants more input and review authority when it comes to approving new development around the base. For that, the study recommends a Military Influence Area overlay district where base officials can review development plans for construction both on and off the base. The district would include Stafford County’s heavily-populated Garrisonville Road corridor, as well as sliver of land in Prince William County near where the county’s school division headquarters are located. An implementation of such a district could limit the density of neighborhoods, building height, as well as cell phone towers, so structures don’t interfere with military aircraft.

If the military impact plan would be placed in effect in the rural area along Va. 610 west of Joshua Road in Stafford County, buildings like hospitals, assisted living facilities, day cares, commercial or industrial areas, medium to high density residential develop, as well as sports centers or outdoor amphitheaters would not be permitted.

According to the study, soundproofing existing homes near the base could cost as much as $10,000 per home but the cost is only slightly higher when soundproofing new home construction. The JLUS also discusses the option of a mandatory written real estate disclosure where the seller of any property in the Military Influence Area would warn residents of the high noise potential from the base.

Transportation improvements at Quatnico’s Fuller Gate, which provides access to the base near the intersections of Russell Road and U.S. 1, and sits east of Interstate 95, are also identified as critical in the short term. The base wants to work with local governments to acquire additional rights of way to widen Russell Road and existing ramps that carry traffic from the 2-lane facility to the 4-lane U.S. 1 that bridges the gap between Prince William and Stafford counties, according to JLUS findings.

Russell Road is also the gateway to the 719,000, $323 million Russell-Knox Building sitting west of I-95. The building is now home to some 6,000 federal workers whose jobs were moved to Qauntico following a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure action.

The study was completed by Quantico and Stafford County, along with Fauquier and Prince William counties. New growth in these areas could bring increased noise complaints to the military, and could “compromise the overall mission viability” for the base.

Quantico injects $5.9 billion into the local economy and is linked to 46,490 jobs, according to the study.

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Storm Postpones Quantico’s JLUS Land Study Public Meeting in North Stafford

QUANTICO, Va. — Those wanting to know more about the future of development near Quantico and surrounding areas will have to wait a bit longer.

Inclement weather was forced officials to postpone an informational meeting for the Quantico Joint Land Use Study, or JLUS, originally scheduled tonight at the Hilldrup Moving and Storage Facility, until next week. The new meeting time is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Hilldrup Moving and Storage.

The study examined areas in Prince William, Stafford, and Fauquier counties and is expected to present ideas and suggestions on how best to center development in these counties with the Quantico Marine Corps Base in mind.

Two other JLUS presentations are scheduled, one in Fauquier County on Wednesday at the Old Cedar Run Rescue Squad Building at3558 Catlett Road in Catlett, and in Prince William inside the County Government Center’s Development Services Building

at 5 County Complex Court, Room #202 in Woodbridge.

 

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