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Quantico officials target road improvements

Tom Rumora of the Quantico Growth Management Committee addresses officials from Prince William and Stafford counties.

Triangle, Va. –– Quantico Marine Corps Base had no choice but to prepare for the massive influx of federal workers set to descend upon the area in September, said base commander Col. Daniel J. Choike.

While construction is complete on a $300 million, 700,000 square-foot building on Telegraph Road that will hold several security agencies, looming traffic problems still concern officials and community developers who want more federal workers to relocate to the region after the military’s BRAC transition is complete.

A wider U.S. 1 and better communication with community leaders and residents are all ways officials plan to manage growth near the base. (more…)

VRE’s week off to slow start

Woodbridge, Va. –– Delays this morning have plagued Virginia Railway Express passengers on the system’s Fredericksburg line.

Riders got early word from the transit system that train 308, which departs Fredericksburg at 6:30 a.m., was going to be late because of mechanical issues. It wasn’t long after that the train had been canceled altogether and riders told they could board Metro for free, by showing a valid VRE ticket.

In addition to the Metro option, riders still waiting on station platforms in Quantico and Woodbridge had the option to take an Amtrak train in place of the canceled VRE train as far as Union Station in Washington.

The next VRE train following the one that was canceled, train 312, was rolling along at 8 a.m. albeit 20 minutes behind its regular schedule.

Fallen soldier to be remembered Friday

Sgt. Zaniah Creamer and her working animal, Joffa. (Submitted)

Ft. Belvoir, Va. –– Members of the U.S. Army will gather Friday to remember a soldier who served her country in Afghanistan, and her community at Ft. Belvoir.

A memorial service for 28-year-old Sgt. Zaniah Creamer will be held at the Woodlawn Chapel from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., remembering the military police officer who was killed last week when a bomb exploded.

Creamer handled bomb-sniffing dogs and was killed when one exploded. Her animal survived the blast, said a base official.

She served in the Army for six years and was part of her unit at Ft. Belvoir since October 2009, said Ft. Belvoir spokeswoman Jacqueline Leeker.

This was Creamer’s third tour duty while in the Army.

Marine museum closed

National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

Triangle, Va. –– The National Museum of the Marine Corps will be closed January 18 and 19 (Tuesday/Wednesday), 2011 for maintenance and upgrades. The Museum will reopen on Thursday, January 20 with regular hours.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Va. The Museum, which opened November 10, 2006, brings to life the U.S. Marine Corps’ rich history and honors the commitment, accomplishments, and sacrifices of all Marines. It is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Christmas. Parking and admission are free.

For more information on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, call 703-784-6107 or visit www.usmcmuseum.com.

-Quantico Marine Corps Base Public Affairs

Ft. Belvoir soldier killed

Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer, 28, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Ft. Belvoir, Va. –– A soldier stationed at Ft. Belvoir was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer, 28, from Texarkana, Arkansas, was killed when an IED exploded near her, during an attack by insurgents in the Kandahar Province, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

A member of the 212th Military Police Detachment working as a dog handler, Creamer had served in the Army for six years. This was her third deployment and had been stationed at Ft. Belvoir since 2009, said Ft. Belvoir spokesman Donald Carr.

Both Creamer and her dog were working with an infantry regiment when the attack occurred, but the dog was not injured in the blast, said Carr.

Dog ruling tough for parents who work full time

Ft. Belvoir, Va. –– Fairfax County Public Schools officials will allow 12-year-old Tyler Stevens, a student at Ft. Belvoir Elementary School, to bring his service dog to the classroom.

Alaya, the five-year-old German Shepard that assists Tyler – who suffers epilepsy, can be allowed in the school as long as both the boy and dog are accompanied by the child’s father, Army Sgt. Angelo Stevens.

The arrangement will be a difficult one because both of Tyler’s parents work full time jobs, NBCWashington reports.

School officials say the 12-year-old is not an adequate handler of the animal. (more…)

2 fires, one victim burned

North Stafford, Va. –– One person suffered burns in one of two house fires that kept firefighters in Stafford County busy Wednesday.

Flames broke out first at 1:01 p.m. at 96 Ervin Overlook in the Oakridge Subdivision, off Va. 610 in North Stafford.

Crews saw smoke billowing from the home as they pulled up to the home. They then saw fire coming from a garage attached to the single family home.

Two adults were home at the time of the fire, but both made it out of the home safely, said Stafford Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Mark Doyle. (more…)

New ramp on 95 opens

(File) Drivers travel past the Pohick Road overpass at Lorton on the new fourth lane that opened Friday on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. (VDOT)

Fairfax County, Va. –– Drivers on Interstate 95 today will have a new exit ramp to use in Fairfax County.

The ramp at mile post 166B south from the highway onto Fairfax County Parkway will reopen this afternoon, making travel easier for those headed to the northern section of Ft. Belvoir Army Base.

At 9 a.m., crews will close the right lane of I-95 south between Springfield-Franconia Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway. At noon, crews will remove traffic control devices put in place in November 2009, when the ramp closed to traffic, and plan to have the improved ramp open by 1:30 p.m. (more…)

Rough blankets, U.N. investigation for alleged leaker

Pcf. Bradley Manning is being held at Quantico, charged with violating military policy.

Quantico, Va. –– The soldier accused of leaking secret documents from the U.S. Government to Wiki Leaks says the blankets in his jail cell are uncomfortable.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who’s being held in solitary confinement at Quantico and faces 52 years in prison if convicted for violating the military’s security code, allegedly released a video showing soldiers shooting and killing unarmed Iraqi citizens and journalists.

Since last week, debate has increased as to whether the treatment Bradley is receiving at Quantico – confined to a cell for more than 20 hours a day, little exercise or human contact – is inhumane.

Now the United Nations is investigating. (more…)

Baise finds rhythm, beats personal time

Heidi Baise trains for the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Heidi Baise trains for the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Quantico, Va. –– After spending months training for the 35th Annual Marine Corps Marathon, Heidi Baise pulled a muscle in her back that could have kept her off the course.

While in the gym training at Quantico Marine Corps Base on Friday, Baise pulled a muscle while doing a pull up a slightly different way than she was used to doing them.

It hurt her back when she stood up straight, and the pain made somewhat difficult to move freely, she said.

She took a hot bath at home that night and, thankfully, woke up the next morning feeling fine.

On Sunday morning, she went on to run the 26.2-mile course that was the Marine Corps Marathon, finishing with a time of three hours, 26 minutes and 20 seconds. (more…)

County, colleges to explore possible tech center

North Stafford –– A new center for technology and education may be coming to Boswells Corner’s expanding Quantico Corporate Center.

Stafford County officials , University of Mary Washington, George Mason University and Germanna Community College officials today all signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the possibility of building a new technology education center on Corporate Drive.

As part of the three-year agreement, officials from the respective organizations will examine the potential growth and demand of a technology center near Quantico Marine Corps Base. (more…)

Runner aims to impress at Marine Corps Marathon

Heidi Baise, personal trainer and marathon runner, prepares for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon being held this weekend in Washington. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Quantico, Va. –– After running the Boston Marathon, Heidi Baise is looking forward to showing the Marine Corps she has more than what it takes to compete.

Baise will be one of the 30,000 participants to run in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington this Sunday.

While not working as a personal trainer at Quantico Marine Corps Base, she trains her own body six days a week, four hours at a time to prepare for the fourth largest marathon in the country. (more…)

Quantico warns of increased noise

The Iwo Jima statue greets visitors to Quantico Marine Corps Base in Triangle. (Mary Davidson)

Quantico, Va. –– It’s going to get loud near the Quantico Marine Corps Base this week.

On Wednesday and Thursday, residents who live near the base may have their windows rattled as explosives will be set off on base as part of munitions training.

Training will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release.

But that doesn’t mean that those are the only times explosions may be heard or felt. (more…)

Portion of golf course to make way for Army museum

An artist’s depiction of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. (Submitted)

Ft. Belvoir –– The National Museum of the Army planned for Ft. Belvoir will have to undergo a mandatory public hearing.

The 177,000 square foot building is slated to be built on a portion of the a golf course on the military garrison, but plans for the museum will have to be reviewed before the center is built.

The building would have multiple levels, a lobby and reception area, exhibit halls, a theater, food services, a learning center and offices, according to Ft. Belvoir spokesman Donald Carr.

The golf course would be reconfigured, and three holes on the course would be located. Plans for the relocation and construction of the museum are available on Ft. Belvoir’s Web site. (more…)

Bullets damage Marine Corps museum

National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

Triangle, Va. –– Bullets flew and glass shattered Sunday at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

No artifacts were damaged in the shooting and no one was inside when the shooting occurred, but $20,000  damage was caused to the four-year-old building that sits in Triangle, near Quantico Marine Corps Base, according to Insidenova.com.

Police said five holes could be seen in the roof of the structure, and that they do not know what type of gun was used to shoot at the museum.

The damage side faces Interstate 95, Insidenova.com reported.

The museum welcomed its 20 millionth visitor in August and plans another expansion, which will soon take up an additional 80,000 square feet of space at the existing museum site.

Across Town: Student-run credit union opens at Belvoir

Ft. Belvoir –– The credit union is once again open for business at Fort Belvoir Elementary School.

Belvoir Federal Credit Union reopened its student-run branch at the elementary school on the Army base, as it does every October, to provide students, faculty and staff the convenience of having a credit union on campus.

The branch also promotes financial literacy and responsibility to the students, said credit union spokeswoman Amy Shanks. (more…)

U.S. 1 re-pavement project to finish in early Nov.

Fairfax County, Va. –– A large stretch of U.S. 1 near Ft. Belvoir now being repaved should be finished by early next month, officials said.

The 8-mile, $3.3 million project will see the re-pavement of the road surface between Mount Eagle Drive and Backlick Road in south Fairfax County comes as more than 20,000 jobs are expected to relocate to Ft. Belvoir by September 2011.

Work to repave the road began in early August, and it’s expected to be finished by the first week of August, said Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer McCord. (more…)

Belvoir OktoberFest washed out

There will be no OktoberFest at Ft. Belvoir tonight.

That’s the latest word from officials at the Army Base, who say today’s heavy rains forced the cancellation of the event.

All is not lost, however, as tonight’s keg tapping event will go on as scheduled at 6 p.m., and will be held in the Wells Field House on base, said Ft. Belvoir spokesman Donald Carr.

Crews are said to be working “nonstop” to ready the grounds for tomorrow’s scheduled 6 p.m. opening of Ft. Belvoir’s OktoberFest.

Demolition ranges may hinder growth

Stafford County, Va. –– The man in charge at Quantico is not pleased about a plan to develop Boswell’s Corner into an urban business district.

The developing plot of land sits where U.S. 1 meets Telegraph Road, just south of the Prince William County line, and “is poised for explosive growth,” according to a draft of the Stafford County Comprehensive Plan.

The BRAC consolidation is expected to bring more than 500 military jobs here by September, 2011.

The Quantico Corporate Center – an expanding office complex that includes the Globe and Laurel restaurant, a longtime staple of the Quantico area – now sits at Boswell’s Corner. (more…)

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