Since its establishment in 1917, Quantico has been home to many of the nation’s most innovative, intelligent and patriotic men and women. It is here, at the Crossroads of the Marine Corps, that vital concepts, training and equipment for current and future warfighting cababilities are developed. Some of the most important techniques in warfighting were born here, including amphibious doctrine and expeditionary warfare, for which the Marine Corps is renowned. History has proven the importance of Quantico to America’s defense.
Even before the Jamestown Settlement and Capt. John Smith explored the Potomac banks in 1608, the Spaniards had visited Quantico nearly 40 years earlier. Early Scottish then settled in the Quantico area and grew tobacco for export. The Quantico region was the home of many Revolutionary War heroes. American, British and French armies used nearby roads to move from one battlefield to another. During the Civil War, Confederates used the Potomac’s banks as gun positions to halt Union traffic on the river. By the 1880s, the land had been acquired by speculators who sold it to the Corps in 1917.
Quantico is conveniently reached by Interstate 95 and there are two airports nearby: Dulles International in Chantilly, Va., and Ronald Reagan Washington National in Washington D.C. Other transportation includes a bus terminal in nearby Triangle as well as Amtrak, 800-872-7245, and Virginia Railway Express, 800-RIDE-VRE, train services.
The Semper Fit administrative office is on the upper level, north wing, of Little Hall, Building 2034, Barnett Avenue, 703-784-2014. The Recreation administrative office is on the main deck, north wing, of Little Hall. Semper Fit and Recreation consists of a combined arms team of professionals with specialized expertise in sports management, health promotion and education, fitness and road race management, parks, aquatics and recreation. The mission is to encourage, support and inspire healthy lifestyles by administering a well-rounded program that promotes personal involvement. The programs offer a wide variety of activities designed to help patrons stay in shape and enjoy their leisure time. Golf, boating, bowling, recreational classes, auto hobby skills center, special events, discount ticket sales and more are available. A brief
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.
Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) became fully operational Oct. 1, 2012, as the Marine Corps’ newest command. Today, its commander, Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, also serves as assistant deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics Facilities and commander of the Marine Corps National Capital Region Command. MCICOM is responsible for the command and control of Marine Corps installations around the globe through regional commanders (MCIEAST, MCIWEST, MCIPAC and MCB Quantico) by providing oversight, direction and coordination of services and optimizing support to the operating forces, tenants and activities. The three prior regions are geographically located with their respective Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF).
Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh holds dual responsibility as the commanding general of MCCDC and as the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for Combat Development and Integration, and is headquartered in the General Raymond G. Davis Center at 3300 Russell Road.
The MAGTF Training & Education (T&E) Standards Division develops standards for individual, unit and collective training across all MAGTF elements and common skills. MAGTF T&E Standards Division also partners with operating forces, formal schools and advocates in the development, validation and maintenance of service-level individual and collective training standards, and validates standards-based formal schools training programs of instruction for ground combat and combat service support assigned occupational fields.
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.