Marine Corps Base Quantico
MCB Quantico is home to the MCCDC 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.
HEADQUARTERS AND SERVICE BATTALION
On Oct. 1, 1980, Headquarters Battalion and Support Battalion were combined to form Headquarters and Service Battalion (HQSVC 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 in Building 2006.
The administrative, legal and disbursing support of nearly 5,500 Marines is managed at the battalion level by real-time links to Headquarters Marine Corps and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Kansas City, Missouri. 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 Battalion 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, Service Company, Combat Development Company, Training and Education Company, and Tenant Activities Company. Installation Personnel Administrative Center, a division of Base G-1, is in the Headquarters and Service Battalion building. Visit www.quantico.marines.mil/Units/HeadquartersServiceBattalion.aspx for more information.
Security Battalion, Building 2043, is comprised of the Provost Marshal’s Office and Fire Department and Emergency Services. The Provost Marshal Office (PMO) is responsible for law enforcement and security aboard MCB Quantico. Security Battalion is composed of the personnel who provide emergency and response services aboard MCB Quantico, as well as personnel who provide administrative, logistical and training support for the battalion. PMO provides 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. PMO works closely with the town of Quantico law enforcement officers and with both county and state police. The Fire and Emergency Services 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.
For more information, visit www.quantico.marines.mil/Units/SecurityBattalion.aspx.
MCQB Community Relations
MCB Quantico and the tenant activities that reside there are comprised of more than 8,300 military personnel, 11,400 civilians and 4,000 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. The primary tools used for accomplishing this mission are the Civilian-Military Council, composed of civic leaders from the surrounding towns and counties as well as base officials; outreach programs like the volunteer program that connects Marines with various volunteer events in the community; participation in regional chambers of commerce activities; an active speaker’s bureau; mentoring programs for children at risk and adults in leadership positions; and inviting the public to special events on the installation to educate them on Quantico’s mission and why Marines train.
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 Corps 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, Pennsylvania, the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk, Virginia and the Macy’s Day Parade.
Marine Corps Marathon
Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) headquarters is at 3399 Russell Road, just after the entrance to Quantico’s southern gate at Exit 148. Also known as “The People’s Marathon,” the MCM is a world-class running event and the largest marathon that does not offer prize money. The annual MCM is organized by the U.S. Marine Corps and a dedicated civilian staff. Hosted annually on the last Sunday in October, the MCM begins in Arlington, Virginia, between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon, and finishes at the Marine Corps War Memorial, the symbol most iconic of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The MCM attracts 30,000 participants and more than 100,000 spectators and is broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet. Thousands of Marines, Sailors and volunteers support the MCM, ranked the third-largest U.S. marathon and eighth largest in the world. The MCM team also hosts the MCM10K and MCM Kids Run, during MCM Weekend, and coordinates the MCM Event Series that includes a variety of distances aboard MCB Quantico and the surrounding communities. The annual MCM Event Series is hosted March through November. For more information, visit www.marinemarathon.com or call 703-784-2225.