Marine Corps Base Quantico
Updated On: 1/16/2013 3:21:54 PM
Marine Corps Base Quantico is home to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and numerous tenant organizations. The base staff provides infrastructure, operational, and community services support to these organizations and to the military members, families, and civilians who live and work on base. The base is also a key player in support of overall Marine Corps objectives and programs, and plays host to scores of training events, conferences, symposia and other special events. Website: www.quantico.usmc.mil.
Headquarters and Service Battalion
On Oct. 1, 1980, Headquarters Battalion and Support Battalion were combined to form Headquarters and Service Battalion. It is currently the parent command for nearly 60 percent of the personnel assigned aboard Quantico, and is the largest battalion in the Marine Corps. The battalion commander is located in Building 2006.
The administrative, legal and disbursing support of nearly 4,000 Marines is managed at battalion level by real-time links to Headquarters Marine Corps and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Kansas City, Mo. The billeting and subsistence functions, as well as scheduling, administering and documenting military training, Marine battle skills training, and professional military education, are performed by the officers and enlisted Marines and civilians in the battalion headquarters and company offices. Additionally, HQSVC Bn. staff provide general and personnel administrative support and focused logistics support for a multitude of events throughout the National Capital Region.
The five organic companies of the battalion are Headquarters Company, Operations Company, Service Company, Training and Education Company, and Tenant Activities Company. Installation Personnel Administrative Center, a division of Base G-1, is located in the Headquarters and Service Battalion building. Website: www.hqsvcbn.quantico.usmc.mil.
Security Battalion, Building 2043, is comprised of the Provost Marshal’s Office and Fire Department. The Provost Marshal is responsible for law enforcement and security aboard Quantico. Security Battalion provides the personnel to staff the law enforcement needs aboard Quantico, as well as personnel who provide administrative, logistical and training support for the battalion. Military police and criminal investigations sections of the battalion provide a full range of police support including: Preventing and suppressing crime; investigating criminal offenses and traffic accidents; apprehending offenders; registering privately owned vehicles, pets and weapons; traffic control; and physical security surveys.
Base MPs work closely with Town of Quantico law enforcement officers and with both county and state police. The base Fire Department provides firefighting, first responder emergency medical and hazardous materials spill response, tactical rescue and fire prevention. Fire safety education services are also provided by the Fire Department for the base and tenant activities. Website: www.quantico.usmc.mil/secbn/index.
Marine Corps Base Quantico is comprised of more than 6,700 military personnel, 6,900 civilians and 2,500 family members. This large and diverse population has a tremendous impact on the surrounding towns and counties, which requires a comprehensive community relations program.
The purpose of community relations is to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the base and local communities. Our primary tool used for accomplishing this mission is the Civilian-Military Council. The council, composed of civic leaders from the surrounding towns and counties as well as base officials, meets quarterly to address pertinent issues.
A large part of our community relations program involves educating the public about the Marine Corps and the base. This mission is usually accomplished in two ways. Marines participate in the community through several outreach programs, and occasionally, the public is invited to various events on the base.
Each year Marines take the Corps to the community. The Quantico Adopt-A-School program provides sustained outreach to schools in the surrounding communities through mentoring and participation in special events.
Marines, sailors and civilians also donate their time to participate in local "career days." The speakers’ bureau is another tool at the commanding general’s disposal to expand the communities’ understanding of the Corps.
Quantico Marine Corps Band
The Quantico Marine Corps Band has achieved and maintains an enviable record of professionalism, delighting thousands of listeners in hundreds of performances throughout the northeastern United States and Canada.
The Quantico Marine Corps Band performs in a variety of ceremonial and concert appearances on military installations and in public. The Quantico Marine Band maintains the capability to perform as a marching band, concert band, stage band or small musical ensembles. Past appearances of the band include activities for the Marine Corps Marathon, Fort Ligonier Days in Ligonier, Pa., and the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk, Va.
Marine Corps Marathon
The Marine Corps Marathon office is located at 3399 Russell Road just after the entrance to Quantico’s southern gate at Exit 148. The MCM, also known as "The People’s Marathon," is organized by a civilian staff with the dedicated support of the U.S. Marine Corps. Hosted annually on the last Sunday in October, the MCM begins in Arlington, Va., between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon and ends at the Marine Corps War Memorial, the symbol most iconic of U.S. Marine Corps.
The 26.2-mile road race attracts more than 30,000 participants as well as 100,000 spectators. Thousands of Marines, sailors and volunteers support the event, ranked as the fourth largest U.S. Marathon and ninth largest in the world. The MCM also organizes the MCM10K and Healthy Kids Fun Run that also will be held during MCM Weekend and coordinates the MCM Event Series including 5k, 10k and mud run races on aboard MCB Quantico from March through November. Website: www.marinemarathon.com. For information, call 703-784-2225.