Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) is the largest department in Headquarters Marine Corps. Located in the James Wesley Marsh Center, Building 3280, M&RA’s mission is the Marine. M&RA is responsible for: providing commanders with the right Marine for the right job at the right time, providing policies that maximize the potential of the force and providing force and family sustainment that directly contributes to personal and family readiness. Divisions organic to M&RA include: Manpower Information Systems, Manpower Management, Manpower Plans and Policy, Marine and Family Programs, Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Business and Support Services, and Reserve Affairs. Website: www.manpower.usmc.mil.
Marine Corps Recruiting Command
The Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) headquarters is in the Marsh Center, Building 3280. MCRC conducts operations to recruit qualified individuals for enlistment or commissioning into the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve in order to attain its assigned Total Force personnel requirements by component and category, in accordance with the applicable fiscal year Marine Corps Accession Strategy and the Military Personnel Procurement Manual and as directed by the commandant of the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps Systems Command
Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) is the acquisition command of the Marine Corps, serving as head of contracting authority and exercising technical authority for all Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology programs. MCSC’s campus on historic Hospital Point is the home of the Marine Corps acquisition professionals. The MCSC team is made up of Marines, Sailors, civilians and contractors united by a common purpose: to equip and sustain Marine forces with the most capable and cost-effective systems for current and future expeditionary and crisis-response operations. With ever-changing operating and acquisition environments, MCSC people stay current and adaptable to accomplish their mission.
MCSC also depends on the expertise of acquisition partners throughout the Corps and the other military services, working closely with the Navy’s Program Executive Officer (PEO) Combat Support and Combat Service Support; the Army’s PEO Enterprise Information Systems (EIS); and the Marine Corps’ PEO Land Systems, which is with MCSC at Quantico. Within PEO EIS, MCSC has close ties to Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps (GCSS-MC), which falls under MCSC for administrative, budget and contractual support; and under the operational control of PEO EIS, sponsored by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The GCSS-MC program will modernize Marine Corps logistics information systems. MCSC’s most integral tie is with PEO LS, the Marine Corps only PEO. PEO Land Systems manages a diverse portfolio that includes several major ground vehicle and weapons systems.
MCSC’s acquisition programs range from weapons, tanks and infantry combat equipment, to ammunition, intelligence, and communications and medical equipment. These systems and more are managed by professionals aboard MCB Quantico and other locations in Northern Virginia. MCSC people are also in Warren, Michigan; Camp Pendleton, California; Orlando, Florida; and Albany, Georgia. In Warren, the Program Manager for Light Armored Vehicle manages the battle-tested family of combat vehicles that have served Marines since 1983. At Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity provides test and evaluation, engineering and deployed technical support throughout the acquisition lifecycle for Marine Corps and joint service command, control, computer, communications and intelligence systems. In Orlando, the Program Manager for Training Systems provides training support, and develops and sustains training systems and devices to ensure Marines are ready for anything they may face before even setting foot in country. Meanwhile, MCSC’s Albany workforce manages the vast majority of funds set aside for sustainment, guiding newly acquired Marine Corps systems and equipment from cradle to grave.
Wherever its people are based, using effective, streamlined and innovative business processes, MCSC works hard to remain timely and consistent in providing quality systems and equipment to the operating forces. The technological advantage MCSC provides helps Marines shoot, move and communicate with the winning edge to continue the proud tradition of the Corps, unbeaten in battle in every clime and place. The MCSC focus is on the individual Marine and the fighting formations of the Corps, the MAGTF.
For more information, contact the MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication at 703-432-3958 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Executive Officer Land Systems Marine Corps
Located in Building 2210 at Hospital Point, PEO Land Systems is the Marine Corps first and only Program Executive Officer for acquisition and was established in 2007 to enhance acquisition oversight and direct focus on Marine Corps programs within his portfolio.
PEO Land Systems is a separate command led by SES William E. Taylor, and is tasked with meeting the Warfighter’s needs, while partnering with the Marine Corps Systems Command, who is responsible for providing support services to include contracting and technical authorities in order to develop, deliver and provide life-cycle planning for assigned programs. PEO Land Systems reports directly to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition ASN.
PEO Land Systems’ concentration of effort is on resources in balancing Marine Corps modernization and sustainment of assigned programs. These programs include the Amphibious Combat Vehicle; the Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV7A1); the MRAP program; the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program; the Common Aviation Command and Control System Phase; the P-19 R fire truck; a Flat-Rack Refueling Capability; and the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program; the Lightweight 155 M777 howitzer, the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement and Logistics Vehicle System Replacement.
For information on PEO Land Systems, visit www.marcorsyscom.marines.mil/PEOs/PEOLS.aspx or call 703-432-5169.
Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity
Per Title 10 of the U.S. Code, the military services conduct initial operational testing for major defense acquisition programs. Accordingly, Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity (MCOTEA) are tasked with supporting the Marine Corps Acquisition Process by conducting Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) of all new equipment for the Corps.
MCOTEA is responsible for ensuring that all new equipment introduced to the Marine Corps team works, helping the Corps continue to be the elite fighting force it has always been. The goal is that the equipment in the hands of each Marine is the best it can be through “fair and objective operational test and evaluation.”
Every piece of gear — from the boots on their feet, to the weapon in their hands, to the complex equipment in the vehicles — is evaluated to ensure it is operationally effective and operationally suitable. The result is gear that works how it is supposed to, where it is supposed to, and when it is supposed to — in combat.
MCOTEA conducts OT&E only when the equipment is certified safe and ready for test. This assures the safety of the Marines on the test team and ensures the equipment is truly ready for the rigors of operational test. Initial OT&E is performed in support of an acquisition decision, and, on occasion, Follow-On OT&E, to verify effectiveness and suitability of modifications or upgrades.
Equipment is tested by operating force Marines in scenarios designed to be as close to actual combat situations as possible. Gear is tested in different environments to ensure its suitability, including temperate, desert, jungle and arctic terrain. Tests are based on the requirements and mission profile of the gear.
Testing Marines are selected based on their MOS, their experience in the field or with similar equipment, and the assets their unit has to support our test. Their experience and feedback during the test process provide the basis for the equipment’s success or failure. Marines identify a capability gap, which leads to research on gear to fill that gap, and the process to acquire it. In turn, Marines provide qualitative opinions on the acquired material solution, judging the combat effectiveness of that same piece of gear before it is fielded to the Marines.
MCOTEA, with its highly trained, professional workforce, is a voice for the operating force Marine, enabling informed decision-making, and ensuring always that the test reports accurately and objectively describe what is known or unknown about the operational effectiveness and suitability of the materiel solution being evaluated. MCOTEA is a source for objectivity in the Marine Corps and, where appropriate, DOD’s acquisition process. MCOTEA’s expertise, professionalism and integrity make it a sought-after partner within the DOD test and evaluation and acquisition communities.
Marine Corps Network Operations & Security Center
The mission of the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC) is to execute Department of Defense Information Network Operations (DODIN OPS) and Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) in order to enhance freedom of action across warfighting domains, while denying the efforts of adversaries to degrade or disrupt this advantage through cyberspace. The MCEN is the Marine Corps’ component of the DODIN OPS.
The MCNOSC is under operational control of the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command and operates a 24/7 operations center to execute DODIN OPS and DCO to enable the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of the MCEN and essential command and control applications and services used by Marine and Joint Forces worldwide.
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) provides intelligence forecasts and analysis in support of Marine Corps planning and decision-making; doctrine and force structure development; systems and equipment acquisition; wargaming; and training and education. MCIA supports Marine Corps operating forces, the DOD, the Intelligence Community, and allied partners by providing comprehensive intelligence for expeditionary mission sets. MCIA facilitates the efforts of the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise through coordinated planning, guidance and information technology.
MCIA is comprised of the service intelligence center, CI/HUMINT Support Company and the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion. MCIA headquarters is in Building 2033, Hochmuth Hall and Swain Annex at Quantico, while MCSB headquarters is at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
The DOD Non-Lethal Weapons Program stimulates and coordinates non-lethal weapons requirements of the U.S. armed services and is the resource sponsor for the development of technologies to satisfy these requirements. The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps serves as the DOD Non-Lethal Weapons executive agent.
Located aboard MCB Quantico, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate serves as the executive agent’s day-to-day management office. The U.S. armed services work with the combatant commanders and the executive agent through a joint process to identify requirements and coordinate the planning, programming and funding of non-lethal weapons research, development, and test and evaluation. These efforts directly support the services and MARSOC in their efforts to procure and field a wide range of non-lethal capabilities. All legal and arms compliance reviews must be completed before fielding of non-lethal weapons.
In the more than 20 years since the program’s inception, the need for non-lethal weapons, devices and munitions — both counter personnel and counter materiel — continues to grow in support of the multitude of DOD missions conducted around the world. Whether engaged in counterterrorism, stability and reconstruction, or anti-piracy operations, U.S. forces will need to be adept at employing less-than-lethal techniques to complement lethal capabilities and to have the means to satisfy a critical tenet common to counterinsurgency operations — protection of the population.
In recent years, the program has achieved success in fielding both programs of record and responding to urgent operational needs. An array of non-lethal weapons, devices and munitions are available now for conducting checkpoint operations, convoys, area security, patrols, detainee operations, crowd control, maritime operations and other missions. Today’s non-lethal inventory includes acoustic hailing devices, vehicle arresting devices, electric stun guns, vehicle-launched grenades, multisensory munitions, optical distracters and voice translation devices — all proven technologies that provide reversible effects and applicability across the spectrum of irregular operations.
Non-lethal weapons are explicitly designed and primarily employed to incapacitate personnel or materiel while minimizing fatalities, significant injury to personnel, and undesired damage to property in the target area or environment. Several new or improved capabilities are currently advancing through the development process including: directed energy systems, vehicle arresting devices, improved acoustic hailing devices, 12-gauge extended-range marking munitions, mission payload modules, airburst non-lethal munitions, improved flash-bang grenades, green laser interdiction systems and ocular interruption devices.
Extensive research has been conducted on next-generation, non-lethal, directed energy capabilities that show great promise in providing vehicle stopping, vessel stopping and area denial applications at extended ranges. The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate is committed to supporting the U.S. Armed Services with a wide range of proven non-lethal weapons, munitions and devices to support full-spectrum operations in complex environments. For more information, visit http://jnlwp.defense.gov.
Marine Corps Embassy Security Group
Marine Security Guards (MSG) provide protection to mission personnel and prevent the compromise of National security information and equipment at designated diplomatic and consular facilities worldwide. MCESG HQ mission is to screen, train, assign, ensure the operational readiness, provide administration, logistical support and discipline of MSGs. Qualified volunteers for this special duty assignment are recommended by their Commanding Officers and ordered to MSG School for eight weeks of extensive training, screening, and processing. Today, over 1,800 MSGs serve at 174 posts in more than 146 different countries throughout the world. The distinguished reputation enjoyed by all MSGs has been eared by their outstanding performance of duty while accomplishing an important mission for the United States of America. The constant reference of many American Ambassadors to “My Marines” is a source of great pride to the Corps.
Marine Corps Air Facility
Marine Corps Air Facility (MCAF) Quantico traces a long history of aviation service to Quantico and the Marine Corps as one of the first Marine Corps air stations, dating back to 1918. In October 2005, the unit was reorganized under the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations East, headquartered at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. MCAF Quantico is currently undergoing realignment under Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region - Marine Corps Base Quantico. Today, MCAF Quantico provides support to its tenant, Marine Helicopter Squadron One, service to the fleet, and hospitality for important events such as Congressional Marine Day.
Marine Helicopter Squadron 1
Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) was established in 1947 at Quantico to pioneer an entirely new concept in air operations: to evaluate and test in coordination with the Landing Force Development Center the theory of transporting Marines to a battle zone by helicopter. From this early mission, the Operational Test and Evaluation Department of HMX-1 has evolved into the operational test activity for new helicopter systems and products destined for the Fleet Marine Force. HMX-1 flies VH-3D Sea King and VH-60N White Hawk helicopters as well as the MV-22B Osprey in support of its mission. HQMC also tasks HMX-1 with providing helicopter lift support to MCCDC schools and various VIPs in the Washington area. The most visible mission HMX-1 performs is presidential support. Website: www.hqmc.marines.mil/hmx-1.
Delta Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
Delta Co., 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is at Camp Upshur, Quantico. Its overall mission is to conduct security and reconnaissance missions in support of the MAGTF. The unit consists of approximately 136 enlisted reserve Marines and five reserve Marine officers. The unit maintains six variants of the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV), the primary vehicle being the LAV-25A2.
The company is supported by an active-duty inspector-instructor staff consisting of Marines and one Sailor. Their mission supports the Reserve component, Toys for Tots program, funeral honors and other community relations events throughout the year.
Marine Corps Information Operations Center
The Marine Corps Information Operation Center (MCIOC) provides Information Operations (IO) support to Marine Forces and MAGTFs and provides IO subject matter expertise in support of the USMC IO advocate in order to enable the effective integration of IO into Marine Corps operations. IO is the integrated employment, during military operations, of information-related capabilities in concert with other lines of operations to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp the decision making of adversaries and potential adversaries while protecting our own.
Specifically, the MCIOC forms, trains, equips and deploys task-organized IO and Military Information Support Operations (MISO, formerly PSYOP) support teams and maintains a single, fused and continuously accessible Marine Corps IO reach-back capability that is fully integrated with relevant information and analysis sources. The MCIOC supports the IO Advocate (DC, PP&O), the Command Element Advocate (DC, CD&I) and the Supporting Establishment in the development of IO and MISO policy, doctrine, personnel, equipment and fiscal resources. The MCIOC sponsors the training, education and retention of IO planners and MISO personnel in order to manage the USMC IO subject matter expertise. The MCIOC maintains functional relationships with U.S. government, DOD, joint, and partner nation IO-related organizations. Finally, the MCIOC serves as the Marine Corps Operations Security Element.
Wounded Warrior Regiment
The Wound Warrior Regiment is the official command charged by the commandant of the Marine Corps to provide longitudinal care and support for wounded, ill and injured Marines and their families. The Wounded Warrior Regiment provides leadership and facilitates the integration of non-medical and medical care to combat and non-combat wounded, ill and injured Marines, Sailors attached to Marine units and their family members in order to maximize their recovery as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.
The regimental headquarters, in Quantico, Virginia, commands the operation of two Wounded Warrior Battalions and multiple detachments in locations around the globe, including major military treatment facilities and Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers. There Marine leaders standing shoulder-to-shoulder with these warriors and their families. Regardless of location, these services are available to the total force — active duty, Reserve, veteran Marines and their families.
Marine Corps Non-Appropriated Fund Audit Service, Northeast Region
The Marine Corps NAF Audit Service (MCNAFAS), Northeast Region, is in Building 3099. The mission of MCNAFAS is to provide the commandant of the Marine Corps, commanding general or officer, staff agencies and NAF managers with independent, objective and constructive appraisals of the management, accounting, operations and related functions of their NAF activities.
MCNAFAS auditors are selected by interview from other military occupational specialties throughout the Marine Corps.
The Northeast regional office is responsible for providing audit services to all NAF activities at Quantico, Henderson Hall, HQMC, and Marine Barracks clubs and recreation funds in Kansas, Missouri, New York, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and Europe.
Military Department Investigative Agencies
MCB Quantico is home to the Military Department Investigative Agencies whose 700,000-square-foot facility is at the intersection of Russell and MCB-1 roads. The consolidation of investigative activities includes Counterintelligence Field Activity, HQ Naval Criminal Investigative Service, HQ Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Defense Security Service and HQ Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Located on Russell Road west of Interstate 95, the FBI Academy consists of the main facility, Hogan’s Alley Complex and weapons ranges. The main complex has more than 900 resident students, a classroom building, library, auditorium, Intelligence Training Center, gymnasium, Marine Corps Exchange store and U.S. post office.
The Training Division develops and delivers effective, high-value training to special agent and intelligence analyst trainees, along with law enforcement professionals at the federal, state, local and international levels. As a premier law enforcement learning and research center, it is not uncommon to see up to 1,500 individuals at the academy on a given day.
Executive-level courses, the National Executive Institute and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar are also part of the state and local training program. The National Academy Program and the executive programs are accredited through the University of Virginia. Visit www.fbi.gov/about-us/training for more information.
Drug Enforcement Administration
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Training has been at Quantico since 1985. Both the domestic training and the international training sections are at the DEA Training Academy in the FBI Academy complex. The DEA Clandestine Laboratory Unit is at Camp Upshur.
The office of training formulates and administers DEA policy pertaining to domestic and international training needs in drug law enforcement. The office of training’s international training section consists of three teams of instructors whose mission is to travel around the world providing drug law enforcement training to DEA’s foreign law enforcement counterparts.
Marine Corps Association
The Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) is in Building 715, near the town of Quantico. It publishes the Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck and sponsors an extensive awards program, which recognizes high professional achievement throughout the Corps’ schools and professional courses of instruction.
The MCA&F operates a walk-in and mail-order book service. It also markets professional items of interest such as posters, uniform prints, Marine Corps and national flags, and calling cards. Birthday ball supplies and Marine Corps memorabilia are also available. Visit www.mca-marines.org for more information.
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
Established in 1979, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps history and traditions. It directly supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways that might not otherwise be available through government funds. The foundation supported the creation of the Marine Corps Heritage Center at Quantico.
Marine Corps University Foundation Inc.
Established in 1980, the Marine Corps University Foundation (MCUF) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides resources for Professional Military Education and Leadership opportunities. MCUF supports the Marine Corps University, the Operating Forces and the Supporting Establishment. With a focus on the future, this support provides that “Margin of Excellence” throughout the Marine Corps by preparing today’s leaders for tomorrow’s challenges. The foundation is at 715 Broadway St., Quantico.