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Boom, boom, Quantico

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

Quantico, Va. –– The next two nights will be noisy near Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. today and tomorrow, Marines will be training by exploding large munitions.

On Wednesday night, loud booms could be heard all along the Interstate 95 corridor in the Potomac Communities and prompted questions about what was going on from our followers on Twitter and Facebook.

Fear not as the world as we know it is still intact, but base officials warn overcast conditions could increase the noise and vibrations from the blasts.

It’s a good thing the National Weather Service calls for mostly clear skies on Thursday.

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.

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

-Quantico Marine Corps Base Public Affairs

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…)

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/

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

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/

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…)

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

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, 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.

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…)

Military equipment expos to be held

An aerial shot of the Stafford Regional Airport during a past Force Protection expo. (Submitted)

Stafford County, Va. –– Those at Quantico on Tuesday will get a glimpse at what today’s modern Marine looks like.

The Modern Day Marine exposition will showcase the latest products in military manufacturing, science, technology and warfighting.

“The concept of holding this military exhibition on-site at Quantico is to give users of systems and equipment an opportunity to carry on dialogue with manufacturers’ representatives and suppliers that will lead to improvements in manufacturing, understanding the user needs and awareness of new equipment coming on line,” said Quantico spokesman Lt. Brian Villiard. (more…)

Fire, smoke damage FBI Academy

Quantico, Va. –– An electrical fire caused damage to the FBI Training Academy at Quantico on Saturday.

Flames broke out in the basement of the building about 5 p.m., prompting fire crews from Quantico Marine Corps Base to respond to the facility.

No one was injured and officials say the fire was minor, but it produced heavy smoke which caused damage to the building. (more…)

Despite design grant, funds to widen U.S. 1 missing

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

Stafford County, Va. –– Everyone seems to know U.S. 1 at Quantico needs to be widened, but no one seems to know who is going to pay for it.

Earlier this year both Stafford and Prince William counties applied for $2 million in federal money for the study and design phase of widening the highway from four to six lanes, between Quanitco’s main in Triangle gate to the Quantico Corporate Center in Stafford’s Boswell’s Corner.

Stafford officials say they’ve received their portion of the money  – just over $1 million –  and say the study is a huge step forward.

But no organization has stepped up to cover the estimated $25 million that will be needed to actually widen the road. (more…)

Quantico protestors: Release Army whistle blower


Josh Stieber and 25 others protested the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the incarceration of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in the town of Quantico on Sunday. Manning faces 52 years in prison after video and classified military documents surfaced on the Internet. (Mary Davidson/

Quantico, Va. ­­–– The Potomac River and Town of Quantico served as a backdrop Sunday for protesters who demanded the release Pfc. Bradley Manning.

The U.S. Army intelligence analyst was charged in June for violating military code after investigators say he leaked a video showing soldiers shooting and killing unarmed Iraqi civilians and journalists, as well as handing over classified military documents which were later posted to the Internet.

He faces 52-years in prison if convicted, and has been jailed on the neighboring Quantico Marine Corps Base since his arrest.

Protester’s signs stated “blowing the whistle on war is not a crime,” and the 25 protesters who showed up – a smaller number of participants who last month came to Quantico to protest – shouted “Bradley Manning is our youth. Set him free to speak the truth.”

“Were concerned because we believe there are war crimes being committed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and when crimes are committed it helps when there is a whistle blower to report them. We’re a little annoyed with the term ‘criminal leaker’ is being used, when Bradley Manning is really a whistle blower,” said rally organizer Pete Perry.

His organization, the Bradley Manning Support Network, held several rallies across the country this weekend that urging U.S. officials to drop the charges against Manning. (more…)

Crews finishing rail repairs

A CSX crew member walks along the track where a 79-car coal train derailed Thursday at Quantico. (Quantico Public Affairs)

Quantico, Va. – Train service between Washington and Richmond should be restored this afternoon.

Officials with CSX, the owners of the rail line, say repairs should be completed this afternoon and train traffic on the rails will be able to return to normal. (more…)

Derailment impacts east coast travel

A freight train transporting coal derailed on CSX tracks within Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va. late Thursday afternoon, August 5, 2010. (Cpl. Sean P. Cummings/Quantico Public Affairs Office)

11:30 a.m. Update

Quantico, Va. – The coal train that derailed Thursday at Quantico has spurred cancellations and delays for most of the east coast.

Thousands of Amtrak passengers were left stranded overnight as crews worked to clean up the seven coal cars that toppled over about 3 p.m. Thursday. (more…)

Windows may rattle this week

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

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

Marines will be conducting munitions training this week, which could rattle windows and some nerves of those who live near the base.

On Tuesday, the training is scheduled from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Marines will use the same training schedule on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from Stafford County officials.

Weather conditions can affect how much noise you will hear from the base. If skies are overcast, chances are noise vibrations will increase, officials warned.

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