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First Lady Will Address Quantico High Grads

First Lady Michelle Obama

Quantico, Va. –– First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at this year’s graduation ceremony at Quantico High School.

The graduation ceremony will be held June 3, where Obama is expected to address the 26 members of the graduating class at the combination middle and high school, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The first lady is also expected to give commencement speeches at a handful of other colleges, including Spelman College and the University of Northern Iowa.

Obama last year delivered the commencement address to Anacostia High School in Washington.

Quantico Middle / High School is located on the marine base that shares its name.

Officials Talk Transit, Other Successes

Del. Luke Torian talks about recent legislative successes with Sen. Toddy Puller, Sen. Chuck Colgan (not pictured), and Del. Richard Anderson.

Woodbridge, Va. –– At the center of a General Assembly recap Thursday night was transportation.

Two state senators and two delegates met with residents at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge to talk about their recent successes during what was a shorter than normal legislative session in Richmond.

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36) was able to get passed a transit study for the U.S. 1 corridor from Alexandria to Quantico.

“I have Ft. Belvoir in my district and we need this study because we are going to get 20,000 new employees at Belvoir and 6,000 at Quantico,” said Puller. “I tried to get this initiative passed with the last two democratic governors, but this time around [Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R)] passed it.”

The study one of many new transportation initiatives that came out of the session, which also the passage of transportation plan that will allow the state to $4 billion for projects statewide.

Del. Luke Torian (D-52) lauded the extension of the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes from his district in Dumfries to North Stafford.

“I am very glad the entrance to the HOV lanes is leaving here and will move south to Garrisonville Road, so people can enter the lanes in Stafford County instead of having to wait until they get to Prince William,” said Torian.

He also touted passed legislation that will allow the Prince William County Public Schools to distribute versions of their upcoming budget electronically, which will save money and the school system from mailing 70,000 paper versions each year, said Torian.

Del. Richard Anderson (R-52) has legislation waiting for McDonnell’s signature that would allow anyone who is discharged from the military to get in-state tuition in Virginia. Under the current system, discharged military members must wait for at least one year until they can receive in-state tuition benefits, which are much lower than what students pay for out-of-state tuition.

“With this measure, we get to keep a group of military veterans with a strong work ethic, get them in college, and then eventually get them into our workforce. Hopefully, the governor won’t veto it,” said Anderson.

Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-29) also came to the community meeting.

Hotel Coming to Marine Museum

A new hotel will be built on the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The museum complex is at the center of redevelopment efforts in Triangle. (Mary Davidson/

Triangle, Va. –– A hotel will be built on the ground of the National Museum of the Marine Corps complex.

Announced today, the state-of-the art hotel will sit on 10 acres of land adjacent to the Marine museum that sits at the center of the U.S. 1 redevelopment in Triangle, and has long been planned as part of the developing complex.

The new hotel will bring new space for events and conferences, a full-service restaurant and lounge, indoor and outdoor pools, a business center, fitness room and gift shop.

“The development of this new facility is a tremendous step forward in completing our vision for the Marine Corps Heritage Center as a complex dedicated to the service of Marines,” said President & CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Lt.Gen Ron Christmas in a press release. “The addition of a hotel and conference center will not only advance the mission of the Marine Corps University, but also significantly benefit Marines and their families visiting the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Quantico Marine Corps Base, as well as all visitors to the historic attractions of Prince William County.”

Also include in the complex’s master plan is a new office building and artifact restoration center.

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the museum, was founded in 1979.

Truck Fire Delays Traffic

Triangle, Va. –– A tractor trailer caught fire this morning on Interstate 95 near the Quantico exit closing all southbound lanes of the highway.

The fire was doused at 9:31 a.m. and now only one lane of traffic is getting by the mess, said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

Traffic cameras along they highway show traffic in the area stalled in both the north and soutbound directions.

Crews are working to clear the burnt truck from the highway.

Quantico center asks for rezoning

North Stafford, Va. –– The developer of the Quantico Corporate Center has asked Stafford County officials for a rezoning that would allow for office, retail and commercial space.

The developing center, at Boswell’s Corner in North Stafford, has done well amidst a down economy, and stands to blossom further when the military’s BRAC relocation is complete later this year.

The Fredericksburg Free-Lane Star has more.

Quantico to restrict boaters

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

Quantico, Va. –– Boaters keep away from Quantico Marine Corps Base.

New restrictions will go into effect March 7 along the Potomac River that will effectively bar any boat from coming within 500 feet of the base’s shoreline.

Base officials say the restriction will be put in place to protect military assets and for the safety of boaters who could be in the wake of jets taking off and landing from Quantico’s air facility, base spokesman Lt. Brian Villard stated in an email.

The restrictions will extend from the marsh at the Marine Corps Air Facility to the mouth of the Chopawamsic Creek, including Chopawamsic Island. (more…)

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…)

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