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3 homes damaged, 2 people displaced in Haymarket fire


Fire crews overnight battled a blaze in Haymarket. 

From Prince William County Fire and Rescue:

On Friday, September 29th at 2:48 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 15800 block of Mackenzie Manor Drive in Haymarket.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed heavy fire on the rear deck of a townhome that had extended through the roof. Firefighters commenced suppression and immediately extinguished the fire.

An occupant of the townhome was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

The home sustained extensive damage estimated at $450,000. Two additional units sustained minor damage.

The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

Red Cross was on scene to assist 2 adults displaced by the fire.

The fire originated on the deck; the cause was improper disposal of smoking materials and has been determined as accidental.

We’re now back to the I-66 overhead Haymarket powerline route

It’s back to to the overhead route for Dominion’s Haymarket Powerline. 

The utility abandoned its plan to build along the controversial Carver Road route, which would have seen a power line built where some of Virginia’s first freed slaves made their home after the Civil War. 

From Dominion: 

“Through this filing, we are updating the Commission that the construction of the Carver Road route is not possible given Prince William County’s denial of needed easements. Because Carver Road, the Commission’s approved route, is not constructible, we are asking the SCC to amend its Final Order and approve construction of the Haymarket Transmission Line Project via the I-66 Overhead Route.”

The company asked for an additional 60 days to work with Prince William County officials to obtain easements to properties along the Carver Road route to build the new line to power a series of new Amazon data centers in Haymarket. It didn’t get the permissions. 

“We had asked for and were granted 60 days in which to secure permission from Prince William BOCS to gain access to easements we need to construct the Carver Road Route. The Commission had previously directed the Company to build the Carver Road Route, but the Commission also recognized that the County had the authority to deny the needed easements, thereby blocking the route. The Company is now apprizing the Commission of the County’s denial of the easements and requesting that the Commission grant the Company the authority to build along the I-66 Overhead Route, the company’s preferred route in our November 2015 application.”

From Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart: 

“The Board and I were never going to allow corporate bully Dominion to uproot Carver Road families, many of whom have been there for over a century as descendants of slaves who acquired the land under federal law in the 1860s.  

We will continue to fight to keep our commitment to protect communities in Prince William County like Hopewell Landing, Somerhill, Somerset Crossing, Carver Road, and the Town of Haymarket. The Board and I along with the community have been unified since the beginning that no route except the I-66 Hybrid route would be acceptable. We will not back down.” 

It’s National Coffee day — here are the deals

The owners of these local coffee shops emailed us to tell us thier specials for today, National Coffee Day.

Sugar Shack

On Friday, Sugar Shack in Stafford will be offering a free small coffee with any purchase to celebrate National Coffee Day.


For National Coffee Day, we are offering a 10% discount off of any coffee or specialty drink to all patrons. 
In celebration of National Coffee Day, The Grind N Crepe, located in Historic Occoquan will be offering 1 FREE Specialty Coffee with the purchase of a Crepe, Panini, or Slider.
$1 coffee (any size) or half off espresso drinks!
Buy one coffee drink or smoothie and get one for half price, of equal or lesser value.  Not valid with any other offers.

Volunteers needed for 1st annual Old Bridge Road clean-up

Please join the Occoquan District Supervisor’s Office and Keep Prince William Beautiful in cleaning up Old Bridge Road! Groups, families, and individuals are all encouraged to sign-up.

Monday, October 9th, 2017 (Columbus Day).

Clean-Up: 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Thank You Lunch: Noon to 2:00 p.m.

The Sign-In Station (pre clean-up) and Thank You Lunch (post clean-up) will be held on the Lake Side of the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center. (more…)

Town hall meeting to discuss Rural Crescent: ‘Fact, Fiction and the Future’

From an email: 

Delegate Rich Anderson and I hope to see you on October 11th. We will discuss the Rural Crescent and share information on how land use policies affect all of our residents.

Fact, Fiction and the Future

Please Join
Supervisor Jeanine Lawson and
Delegate Rich Anderson

Wednesday, October 11th @ 7pm
Brentsville District High School
12109 Aden Rd, Nokesville, VA 20181

9th Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade honors US Air Force

From a press release:

VetPar is pleased to announce the details for the 9th Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am and will honor the US Air Force’s 70th Anniversary. This year’s Grand Marshals are Air Force veterans Ernest Merle Hancock and Steve Krawczyk.

The route will follow Center Street, and pass the reviewing stand at the Harris Pavilion. For more information on the Grand Marshals, parade participation, sponsorship, and advertising information, please visit us at

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center: The Beginning

As we prepare to celebrate our 45th Birthday, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is taking a look back at the history which shaped the facility into what it is today.

While it’s hard to imagine now, at one point the hospital campus was comprised of open fields. And, before 1972, if residents had a medical emergency they had to travel either to Fredericksburg or Alexandria for care; for many, Manassas wasn’t even an option! That’s where the idea was born for a hospital on the eastern end of the county.

In 1965, the Woodbridge Jaycees hired professional consultants to study the feasibility of such a plan. Architects were hired and at least five sites were surveyed to determine the hospital’s location.

In June 1968, community leaders joined together to form the Potomac Hospital Corporation, and elected John Johnson, then head of Virginia Power, president.

Howard Greenhouse, who would later go onto to become the first chairman of the Potomac Hospital Board of Trustees, was a businessman at the time. But, he soon found himself involved in the project.

“It was a struggle to start,” Greenhouse remembers.

In 1969, the first hospital membership drive began, and soon there were 3,300 members ready and willing to support the hospital’s fundraising efforts. At one point, volunteers like Greenhouse were going door to door asking for donations.

“I can tell you that was not my most enjoyable time spent because I hate when people ask me for money, and I don’t want to go ask someone else,” Greenhouse chuckles, ”But, where else was there?”

The community answered the call. When it was all said and done, more than two million dollars was raised. A 77-acre building site was purchased for $258,070.70 from Mrs. Anna Greisch. Mrs. Johanna Opitz, a longtime area landowner, then dedicated the right of way to the property which is now Opitz Boulevard. It was from there, Potomac Hospital was born.

Langston “Rich” Richardson became the hospital’s first administrator.

“There was never a doubt in my mind it would succeed,” says the now 89-year-old Richardson, thinking back. “Everybody was interested (in the success) because we were building something from scratch and they had put their soul and heart into it. And, that’s what made Potomac Hospital what it is.”

In 2009, Potomac Hospital joined one of the largest health systems in Virginia, Sentara Healthcare. The name has changed to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, but the mission to provide quality patient care remains the same. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a hospital built for the community, by the community.

House of Delegates candidates agree to campaign forum

DALE CITY — Candidates vying for seats in the Virginia General Assembly will take questions in front of an audience in Dale City next week.

Currently, the candidates from House Districts (HD) 31 and 51 have accepted. From the 31st HD incumbent L. Scott Lingamfelter (R), Elizabeth R. Guzman (D) and Nathan D. Larson (I) have agreed to respond to questions. Hala S. Ayala (D) and Richard L. Anderson (R), the incumbent in the 51st HD will also participate.

The Prince William NAACP, the League of Women Voters of the Prince William Area, and the Prince William Committee of 100 are collaborating to present the free candidate forum.

More in a press release:


Currently, the candidates from House Districts (HD) 31 and 51 have accepted. From the 31st HD incumbent L. Scott Lingamfelter (R), Elizabeth R. Guzman (D) and Nathan D. Larson (I) have agreed to respond to questions. Hala S. Ayala (D) and Richard L. Anderson (R), incumbent in the 51st HD will also participate. Residents may register and submit questions for the candidates online at each organization’s website.


Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, President and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, has agreed to moderate the forum. Dr. Farnsworth is a Political Science professor focusing on mass media, the presidency and Virginia politics.

“We’ve held many candidate forums over the years and they have been very useful in letting the public compare the candidates,” says Committee of 100 President, Ann Wheeler.


The organizers sought to include legislative districts that represent Prince William, Manassas City and Manassas Park. Organizers also invited candidates from the open 2ndHouse District seat. Democratic candidate Jennifer D. Carroll Foy accepted, however, Mike D. Makee is undecided. A forum for House Districts Candidates for 13th, 40th and 50th was scheduled earlier, but was canceled when some declined. However, candidates in the 13th and 40th HD have completed a questionnaire that may be found at

“These forums allow the public access to those seeking to represent them,” said Cozy Bailey, PWNAACP President. “We are proud to help bring these candidates to the public,” continued Bailey.


The three organizers are also producing a Lieutenant Governor’s forum on Tuesday, October 24th. Well-known television news anchorman Leon Harris will moderate the forum. More information will be available soon. 

Please join us Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7pm at George M. Hampton Middle School located at 14800 Darbydale Ave., Woodbridge, VA. Please send HD Candidate Forum Question Submission by 5PM on October 3.  

OWL Volunteer Fire Department is 79 years old and still going strong

From Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department:

Woodbridge, VA September 12, 2017 —In September 1938, the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department was officially incorporated. It was two years of hard work for a group of concerned citizens who recognized the need for a Fire Department in the area. Many of them put up personal property and their own money to secure loans to build a building to house the apparatus and start the department. Sometimes they had to “pass the hat” to pay electric and other bills monthly.

Before OWL VFD the closest Fire Departments were in Alexandria, Manassas and Fredericksburg.  The first OWL VFD station was in the Town of Occoquan on the corner of Washington and Mill Street, Station 2 in PWC. From there they built a building that is now the VFW in Occoquan. In 1958 they opened a second Station on Route 1, Station 12 (later relocated to Montgomery Avenue.) From there, OWL moved from the Town of Occoquan to the current Station 2 on F Street, and opened up Lake Ridge Station 14. (more…)

Sought for domestic related strangulation, suspect turns himself in

From Prince William County police:

Strangulation | Domestic Related *ARREST – On September 26, Jameur Ryan SMITH turned himself into police without incident at the Western District Station in Manassas. The accused was wanted for a domestic which occurred at a residence located in the 8800 block of Middleburg Ct in Manassas on August 23.

Arrested on September 26:
Jameur Ryan SMITH, 35, of 7599 Gales Ct in Manassas
Charged with strangulation
Court Date: October 23, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

‘Alternative 2B is incompatible with the historic character of the Bull Run Regional Park and would significantly degrade the integrity of the hallowed ground’

As transportation officials search for a solution for Route 28 congestion, The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s proposal, dubbed “Alternative 2B,” the most popular idea for relieving local congestion, has generated strong opposition from local preservation and conservation agencies concerned about historical and environmental impacts.

If approved, Alternative 2B would extend Godwin Drive from Sudley Road near the Manassas Mall, between the Lomond neighborhood in Prince William County and residential neighborhoods in Manassas Park, across a new bridge over the Bull Run River connecting to Route 28 in Fairfax County.

Historical Impacts

In a letter dated September 11, 2017, James Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust letter, stated Alternative 2B “would have a significant negative impact on Bull Run Regional Park, which includes significant acreage associated with the Battle of Blackburn’s Ford…one of the first notable engagements of the Civil War, with 151 estimated casualties.”

According to Lighthizer, the acreage through which the northern part of Alternative 2B would cut, particularly the land contained in Bull Run Regional Park, is located well within the potential National Register Boundary and the “core” battlefield boundary as determined by the federal Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (CWSAC) and its Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields.

“The Trust strongly believes that Alternative 2B is incompatible with the historic character of the Bull Run Regional Park and would significantly degrade the integrity of the hallowed ground of the Blackburn’s Ford Battlefield, the quality of the visitor experience, as well as the area’s scenic and historic viewshed,” said Lighthizer.

“Moreover, by crossing Bull Run Regional Park, Alternative 2B threatens potential prehistoric and historic archeological resources that may be present in the path of this proposed alternative.” (more…)

Annual Boo Ball to support the Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift

· Good Morning Prince William – Come join our Annual Boo Ball to support the Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids. This super fun event is Saturday, October 28th at 7 pm at the Manassas Moose Lodge. Tickets are just $35 and include dinner, specialty drink, cash bar and Livin’ the Dream live band. Grab a costume and your friends for a fun time and for a great cause. Tickets can be bought online at:

· ACTS in Dumfries is having their 7th Annual IWALK event on Saturday, October 7th at Stonebridge at Potomac Town center. Registration begins at 8 am with the 5K walk/run at 9 am. Registration is just $20/individual, $15/team, or $50/family. Proceeds benefit all the good things ACTS does for the community. The free Fall Festival is 10am-2pm following the run. They’ll have food vendors, performances, kid’s activities, carnival games and much more. Please register at:

· Saved Hands Foundation is having their next volunteer orientation on Saturday, October 7th from 10-2pm at Chinn Park Library. Come find out about all the neat ways you can help another. Please call (571) 572-9013 to learn more.
· Brain Injury Services is looking for a friendly visitor volunteer to visit their client who lives in Aldie and loves watching sports, walking or working out. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881, ext. 232 to learn more.

· ACTS is also looking for administrative volunteers during traditional business hours. Please email Tamika at: to learn more.

· Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is still looking for volunteer presenters age 55+ to teach 4th-grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at 571-292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers to help at the Fall Jubilee event on Saturday October 7th. Duties include beer pourer, stage performer check-in, directional assistants, and much more. Shifts are for a couple of hours throughout the day. You don’t want to miss this super fun event. Please call Melissa at (703) 361-6599 for all the specifics. (more…)

Construction work resumes on police station following $50,000 fire

WOODBRIDGE — A fire at Prince William County’s new $30 million Central District Police Station on Friday will not further delay its construction. 

From county spokesman Jason Grant: 

There should be no delays due to the fire. 

The structural steel was examined and was not damaged. So, work has resumed. The GC started repairs already, and is able to do the repairs concurrently with the remaining construction. 

The building, which is still under construction and has already been delayed by three months, caught fire Friday when construction workers using torch ignited combustible material, according to a fire and rescue spokesman. 


The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

Charges ensue when allegedly intoxicated suspect spits on police officer

From Prince William County police:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On September 21 at 1:35 a.m., officers responded to Brittany’s Restaurant located at 12449 Dillingham Sq in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate several suspicious individuals. When officers arrived, they made contact with several intoxicated suspects and subsequently arrested them.

As an officer was attempting to process one of the suspects at the Adult Detention Center, the accused spit on the officer. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Kareem Tamara TAYLOR, was arrested without further incident. (more…)

The shared-use path on Prince William Parkway will be repaved

The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin repaving the shared use path on Prince William Parkway. 

The path sits on the westbound side of the roadway and is popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. 

The repaving effort will take place on both Prince William and Fairfax County parkways.

From a press release: 

Paving of portions of the Fairfax County Parkway Trail and the Prince William Parkway trail will begin Wednesday morning, Sept. 27, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The Prince William Parkway trail work will start Wednesday morning at Hoadly Road, making its way north in sections to Liberia Avenue. The paving is scheduled for completion later this fall.

The Fairfax County Parkway Trail paving will begin later this fall and is scheduled for completion in summer 2018. The section of the trail between I-66 and Route 7 will be worked on first, followed by the section from I-66 to Whitlers Creek Drive (about a quarter-mile north of Rolling Road).

The work totaling nearly 30 miles between the two parkways will take place weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Trail users should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes; VDOT will provide regular updates regarding work zone locations to local biking organizations, as well as via the project page and VDOT Northern Virginia’s Twitter account. Reflective barriers will be installed at each work zone.

In 2016, extensive patching and crack sealing occurred on both trails in anticipation of this paving. Maintenance also occurred in 2014 along the Fairfax County Parkway Trail between Route 29 and Route 7.

Fall into the New Classes here at MPCC

  • Manassas Park Community Center
  • Address: 99 Adams Street Manassas Park, Va.
  • Phone: 703-335-8872

The fall season conjures scenarios of bountiful baskets of freshly picked apples, pumpkins, and enchanting autumn foliage! It also brings a whole batch of new classes here at the Manassas Park Community Center, including the Road to Wellness, Focused Awareness Meditation, Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance, and Outdoor Yoga! Also, there are several music classes for the music lovers too!

These new classes focus on all types of music, dance, and whole-body wellness. One thing we all have in common as residents of Northern Virginia is that we are all under a lot of stress. Regardless of the reasons for that stress, we all need to find something to help us reduce it.

Several new classes here at the Community Center to help you better handle your stress include Focused Awareness Meditation and the Road to Wellness. Taught by Karen David of Live Life Well, LLC, and using her years of experience as a registered nurse, she uses her medical experience to help people change their lives! She says that when you believe in you, you will have the ability to not only believe in something but to reach optimal wellness through daily personal wellness habits.

“I base my classes on my own journey, and when I was spread super thin, my own health suffered,” Karen shared, “I defined my own values of relationships, defined my boundaries, and my values.” Those became the foundation for her Road to Wellness class.
“I ask my students and my clients to evaluate the boundaries they are forming. I help them to realize we have gone from looking and observing to just reacting, and I can help them to honestly answer questions about why they made their plan the way they did,” Karen added.

She further pointed out that it is great to take care of others, but not to forget to take care of yourself too. ‘Take care of others, but do not forget to ask what I have done for me,’ has become her mantra!

Appreciating music is another way to relieve stress. Called the “great soother,” music can help you process your emotions. Sometimes just turning up that radio, and screaming the words to your favorite song is just the thing to help you get past a bad day as you trudge home after a long day of work.

The new Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Jazz Appreciation, Music Ensemble classes here at the Community Center are all taught by a professional musician who uses his own experiences as the foundation to help others to love music the way he does.
Most music lovers have their own ideas and reasons for liking particular types of music, but his classes help students focus on the history of the particular genres of music while highlighting major composers of the day. Relax and enjoy the conversations, learn new techniques, and maybe even become more proficient on a musical instrument you have always wanted to learn to play!

Consider trying a new and different type of dance class also offered this fall at the Community Center this fall. Options include Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance, Hand Dancing, and Line Dancing with Scotty Inman. Come alone or with a partner to learn the basics of each dance: each with its own elegant style, charm, and fun dance styles.

As residents of Northern Virginia, we can all agree that the stress we encounter daily is something we cannot ignore. However, by trying one of the new fall classes offered at the Manassas Park Community Center, we could focus elsewhere, learn something new, and have lots of fun too!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, and 29 special events and programs. For more information visit us at or call at 703-335-8872.

New 350-home housing development, healthcare to be discussed at Woodbridge civic association meeting

WOODBRIDGE — The Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association will take up two matters during its meeting on Thursday: A new housing development that could bring up to 325 new homes, and healthcare. 

Here’s the rundown: 

7:30PM review of the Ray’s Regarde development at the terminus of Horner Road

The project area is located at the end of Horner Road overlooking Interstate 95. Before Prince William Parkway, drivers would cross I-95 using Horner Road. From the Prince William County Planning Office: 

From the Prince William County Planning Office: 

Ray’s Regarde  – A request to rezone a 55-acre property from A-1, Agricultural, R-4, Suburban Residential, and R-16, Urban Residential, to PMR, Planned Mixed Residential, to allow up to 325 residential units. The application includes the partial abandonment of Horner Road. The property is located at the northeastern quadrant of the I-95/Prince William Parkway interchange; is zoned A-1, R-4, and R-16; and is designated SRH, Suburban Residential High, SRL, Suburban Residential Low, and ER, Environmental Resources, in the Comprehensive Plan. Woodbridge Magisterial District.

The proposal for Ray’s Regarde (PDF) must be heard by the Prince William County Planning Commission. So far, there is no scheduled hearing date for the project, according to county planner Meika Daus. 

More of the upcoming agenda from Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association:


— Sandra Dawson, Chair: PWC Commission on Aging, Woodbridge Rep.
–Mr. Brain Tenney, Executive Director of Westminster at Lake Ridgehil Bongiorno, Executive Director of Home Care Association of America

–Phil Bongiorno, Executive Director of Home Care Association of America
–Brianna Sewell, PWC Representative to Congressman Jerry Connelly

8: 00 PM Questions and Answers

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at the ITEM, INC. office building at 991 Annapolis Way in Woodbridge. 

Public meeting scheduled for Old Bridge Road Elementary addition

LAKE RIDGE — A new $6.8 million activity room is planned for Old Bridge Elementary School. 

The Prince William County School division will hold a public meeting about the addition to the 27-year-old school building.

From the school division: 

Facilities Services has scheduled a community presentation at Old Bridge Elementary School. The purpose of this meeting is to present conceptual plans of the activity room addition to Old Bridge.

Presentation will be held at Old Bridge Elementary School

Tuesday, October 10 in their Media Center, 5:00 p.m.

‘Speed, alcohol, and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors in this crash’

Signal light planned for dangerous intersection

A serious crash on Route 28 in Manassas on Friday night left three people in a hospital. 

MANASSAS — The crash occurred at the intersection of Route 28 and Pennsylvania Avenue, a junction that city officials say they are working on fixing. 

From Prince William police: 

We responded on September 21 at 8:52PM for a two vehicle crash at Nokesville Rd and Pennsylvania Ave. Investigation revealed that the driver of a 2003 Hyundai Sonata was attempting to make a left turn onto Pennsylvania Ave from southbound Nokesville Rd when the vehicle collided with a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban traveling northbound on Nokesville Rd. The driver and two other passengers from the Sonata had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver and a passenger of the Sonata were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. A second passenger of the Sonata was flown to an area hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. No injuries were reported to the driver (and only occupant) of the Suburban, an adult male. The three occupants of the Sonata were male juvenile teenagers. Speed, alcohol, and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors in this crash. Charges are pending for the driver of the Sonata.

From Manassas public works director Steve Burke: 

The City is currently working to design improvement to Nokesville Road that extend from Pennsylvania Avenue to just east of Godwin Drive.

The intent of the planned improvement is to improve safety and travel through the Route 234 (Prince William Parkway) interchanges.

Coordinating with future improvement by Prince William County, the ultimate typical section through the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue will have three through lanes with dedicated left turn lanes for east and westbound traffic.  A traffic signal is also planned for the intersection.

The project recently entered the Right-of-Way Acquisition phase.  Our current schedule has construction bids being advertised in April 2018.

Quantico to graduate first female officer to complete Infantry Officer Course

From a press release: 

A female Marine officer made history today at Quantico, Va. by completing the Infantry Officer Course and earning the infantry officer military occupational specialty.

The lieutenant, who asked to keep her identity private, is the first female officer to successfully complete the course since the Marine Corps opened all military occupational specialties to women in April 2016.

“I am proud of this officer and those in her class? who have earned the infantry officer MOS,” said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.

Infantry Officer Course is the MOS-producing school for Marine Corps infantry officers and the prerequisite course for ground intelligence officers. The grueling 13-week course trains and educates newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers in leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the operating forces.

One hundred and thirty-one Marines started the course in July, and 88 graduated today.

“Marines expect and rightfully deserve competent and capable leaders, and these IOC graduates met every training requirement as they prepare for the next challenge of leading infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat,” said Neller.

Her follow-on assignment is to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Governor McAuliffe names 3 Manassas companies to participate in Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced 12 Virginia companies were selected to participate in the Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program (VEGPP). The VEGPP, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), targets second-stage companies. These businesses are growth-oriented and have moved beyond the startup phase by demonstrating a notable increase in revenue or employment. By addressing strategic growth issues, such as identifying new markets and industry trends, refining business models, raising online visibility, and offering access to competitive intelligence, the VEGPP enables high-growth companies to achieve the next level of success.

“Second stage companies are a key driver of local job creation and revenue generation.  I am pleased three companies from Manassas were chosen to participate, the most of any locality across the Commonwealth and the only ones in Northern VA.  I believe this underscores the tremendous talent base we have here in the City,” said Mayor Hal Parrish.  Economic Development staff worked very closely with VEGPP to identify companies meeting the eligibility requirements for the Pilot and are poised to provide a continuing stream of qualified Manassas businesses should the program continue.

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