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The Marine Corps Base Quantico, near Fredericksburg, Virginia, is one of the largest United States Marine Corps bases in the world. It is a major Marine Corps training base, covering nearly 100 square miles. The Corps' Combat Development Command is based here, which develops strategies for Marine combat, and makes up most of the community of over 12,000 military and civilian personnel, including families. It has a budget of around $300 million. The Marine Corps Research Center at Quantico pursues equipment R&D, especially telecommunications, for the Marine Corps. In addition, the FBI has its principal research and training facilities here, including a mock village, numerous labs, and equipment test ranges. Quantico is also the principal training facility for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Fredericksburg is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia, 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ...

It is the site of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and HMX-1, the presidential helicopter squadron. Presidents George W. Bush and Vicente Fox board Marine One. ... A Squadron is a small unit or formation of cavalry, aircraft (including balloons), or naval vessels. ...

The base is the home of major training institutions for both the Marine Corps and federal law enforcement agencies, including:

The base also houses the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT); The Basic School (TBS), which Marine officers attend after OCS; Marine Corps University; and the Marine Corps Marathon organization. Since 1973, the DEA has enforced the drug laws in the United States. ... The FBI Academy is located in Quantico, Virginia. ... In the United States armed forces, Officer Candidate School (OCS) or the equivalent is a training program for non-commissioned officers, soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and recent college graduates to earn commissions as officers. ... The Marine Corps University was established on 1 August 1989 by Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred M. Gray, reporting to the USMC Training And Education Command. ... The Marine Corps Marathon, affectionately known as The Peoples Marathon, is run in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The event typically takes place in late October, prior to the Marine Corps birthday of November 10. ...

A replica of the USMC War Memorial, depicting the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, stands at the entrance to the base. (The original stands at the north end of Arlington National Cemetery.) The American flag waves over the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, located in Washington, D.C. The Marine Corps War Memorial is a military memorial statue located adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery in Rosslyn, Virginia, U.S.A. The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the U.S... Landsat photo of Iwo Jima, circa 2000 Iwo Jima listen ▶(?) (Japanese 硫黄島 Iōtō, or Iōjima, meaning sulfur island) is a volcanic island in Japan, part of the Volcano Islands (also known as the Ogasawara Islands), approximately 650 nautical miles (1200 km) south of Tokyo (24. ... Arlington Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Robert E. Lees home. ...

Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Potomac River surround the town of Quantico. Access to the town is possible only through the base or from the river. The Potomac River at Great Falls, MD from Olmstead Island, water relatively low The Potomac River flows into Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Quantico, Virginia is in Prince William County, 23 miles north-northeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, near Dumfries and Stafford along Highway 619. ...

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Marine Corps Base Quantico (1499 words)
It's called the "Crossroads of the Marine Corps," and during its 80 year tenure on the approximately 100 square miles of land located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Marine Corps Base Quantico has been a training site for Marines and a birthing place of Marine Corps concepts.
While the Town of Quantico was rapidly growing as a fishing village, excursion center and a shipbuilding center in early 1917, the town was not large or significant, and was suffering many financial difficulties.
The Town of Quantico is unique; it is bordered on three sides by the Marine base and on the fourth by the Potomac River.
Fredericksburg.com - Quantico Marine Corps Base (498 words)
QUANTICO MARINE CORPS BASE, the national hub of professional education for Marine officers and career enlisted personnel, spans 60,000 acres in Stafford, Fauquier and Prince William counties.
To accomplish these missions, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command’s commanding general has under his command a deputy commanding general, the commanding officer of the base, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, and the director of Expeditionary Force Development Center, under which are 10 additional divisions.
The Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs Division is housed in the John Wesley Marsh Center on Russell Road between the Combat Development Center and Lejeune Hall.
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