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  • Colonel in charge of Quantico's Security Battalion relieved

    10/19/2013 7:49:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 10/19/13 | staff
    Col. Daren Margolin has been relieved as head of Security Battalion at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. (Marine Corps) The two-star head of Marine Corps Installations Command has relieved the commanding officer of Quantico’s Security Battalion following an incident involving a personal weapon, Marine Corps officials said. Col. Daren Margolin, a 24-year officer was removed from his post Oct. 18 by Maj. Gen. Juan Ayala due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine Corps spokeswoman. Krebs said the decision stemmed from a single incident last week involving one of Margolin’s personal...
  • No Sunday Mass at Quantico If Government Shutdown Continues

    10/03/2013 6:51:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/3/2013 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Archdiocese for Military Service's general counsel warns that priests who are under government contract to provide such services, but are not active-duty military chaplains, will not be "permitted to work – not even to volunteer during the shutdown."The government shutdown has affected a broad swathe of government services, as reported here in the Washington Post. But who would have thought that the standoff on Capitol Hill could disrupt Sunday masses and baptisms  on military bases?John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA,  warned -- in a statement to the Register -- that if the shutdown...
  • Marine Corps whistleblower faces vengeance from superiors

    09/30/2013 5:54:17 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Marine Corps officer who filed a complaint against the commandant for intervening in the Taliban urination cases against eight Marines is now the target of reprisals from superiors, his attorney says. Retired Marine Col. Jane Siegel, who is representing Maj. James Weirick, said superiors have subjected the major to retaliations since it became known that he filed a whistleblower complaint against Gen. James Amos, the commandant and Joint Chiefs of Staff member. “Headquarters Marine Corps is undercutting a hero,” Col. Siegel said. “He did the right thing, and they are trying to bury it and him.” Maj. Weirick, a...
  • Statue of Korean War horse Reckless to be unveiled at Marine museum in Virginia

    07/24/2013 6:07:31 PM PDT · by Doogle · 17 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 07/24/13 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Some 60 years after carrying wounded soldiers and ammunition during heavy firefights, a decorated war horse praised as America’s greatest equine soldier during the Korean War is finally being immortalized. Staff Sgt. Reckless, a Mongolian mare that served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, made 51 solo trips during a five-day battle in March 1953, carrying nearly 10,000 pounds of ammunition and explosives from a supply depot to the front lines. She was wounded twice and later received two Purple Hearts for her service, as well as several other military decorations. On Friday, a 10-foot bronze statue...
  • Vanity - Quantico killings

    03/27/2013 7:54:18 AM PDT · by stuartcr · 12 replies
    Has anyone heard anything more on the killings at Quantico?
  • 3 dead, including gunman, after shooting at Marine Base Quantico

    03/22/2013 12:51:12 AM PDT · by Doogle · 9 replies
    <p>Three people are dead, including a gunman who opened fire at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia after shooting one person dead Thursday night.</p> <p>A base spokesman said the suspected shooter was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound along with a second victim.</p>
  • Three dead after gunman kills two Marines before shooting himself at Quantico base

    03/22/2013 8:20:12 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 19 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 22, 2013 | Alex Gore
    Three people have died after a gunman opened fire killing two before shooting himself at Quantico Marine Base last night. Authorities were called to the scene at the Marine Corps Base in Virginia at 10.30 PM yesterday and found one Marine dead at a barracks. In the early hours of today they found a second victim dead, along with the body of the suspected gunman, who died of self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • Lockdown at Quantico Marine base ends with 3 dead, including gunman

    03/22/2013 1:44:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/22/2013 | Alison Harding and Travis Shannon
    A shooting that prompted a lockdown for hours at a Marine base in Virginia ended with three dead early Friday, including the gunman, authorities said. Sgt. Christopher Zahn said they were notified of the shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico late Thursday. One person was fatally shot, and the gunman barricaded himself into a room, he said. Using a public address system, police announced a base lockdown as the shooter was holed up inside a building.
  • Quantico’s Iwo Jima Memorial defaced

    12/11/2012 6:36:02 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    "Tuesday night, some vandals took it upon themselves to deface the Iwo Jima Memorial at Quantico Marine Base by painting a pink stripe around it. Of course, I’d blame juvenile delinquents, but the juveniles might be those wretched hags of Code Pink – you know, the pink stripe. Not that they’re not juveniles, but they are rather long in the tooth."
  • FBI shooting range is popular deer hangout

    12/27/2011 9:00:43 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    AP ^ | December 26, 2011 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    <p>QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Call it a playground for Bambi and G-Men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators.</p> <p>The 547-acre FBI Academy, where some of the nation's best marksmen fire off more than 1 million bullets every month, happens to be one of the safest places for deer during hunting season.</p>
  • Three U.S. Muslims convicted in terrorism case ( NC )

    10/15/2011 9:35:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 13, 2011 | David Zucchino
    The North Carolina men are found guilty in what prosecutors have called a case of 'homegrown terrorism.' They are convicted of plotting an attack on a Marine base in Quantico, Va., among other things. A federal jury has convicted three Muslim men from North Carolina of plotting to attack unspecified targets overseas, as well as the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., in what prosecutors called a case of "homegrown terrorism." After two days of deliberations, Omar Aly Hassan, 22, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, and Hysen Sherifi, 24, were convicted Thursday of providing material support for terrorists. Yaghi and Sherifi were...
  • Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina

    07/27/2009 2:29:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 85 replies · 3,029+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina RALEIGH, NC—Seven individuals have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division; George E.B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina; and Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Charlotte Field Division, announced today. On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a sealed seven-count indictment against the...
  • Man Suspected in Pentagon Terror Scare Identified

    06/17/2011 10:16:26 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 20 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/17/11 | PIERRE THOMAS, RICHARD ESPOSITO and LEE FERRAN
    Sources told ABC News a backpack in Melaku's possession contained a package labeled ammonium nitrate as well as spent firearm ammunition. Ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer, can be used in explosives. The FBI later said despite the label, the backpack presented no immediate threat. A search of Melaku's nearby car also found no potential devices. Law enforcement sources said Melaku does not appear to have known ties to any terror organization. In addition to his arrest today, Melaku already faces pending charges in Loudoun County, Virginia, for a rash of vehicle break-ins, police said.
  • 'Wikileaks' soldier Bradley Manning moved to new prison [busting rocks @ Fort Leavenworth.......]

    04/19/2011 3:52:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    'Wikileaks' soldier Bradley Manning moved to new prison The US soldier accused of leaking a trove of secret government documents later published by the Wikileaks website is to be moved to a military prison in Kansas, officials have said. Pte First Class Bradley Manning has been held pending court martial at a Marine Corps base in Virginia. His transfer comes amid international criticism of his treatment. His supporters say he has been confined to a cell for 23 hours a day and forced regularly to undress. Suspect's 'best interest' At a press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday, defence department...
  • WikiLeaks suspect being moved out of Quantico

    04/19/2011 12:59:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/19/11 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    U.S. officials say the Army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas in the wake of international criticism about his treatment during his detention at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va.
  • About 35 arrested at rally for Wikileaks suspect ('hactivist' Army Pfc. Bradley Manning)

    03/20/2011 8:42:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CBS 8 ^ | 3/20/11 | BEN NUCKOLS
    About 35 arrested at rally for Wikileaks suspectBy BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Updated: Mar 20, 2011 11:07 PM EDT TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) - Wearing T-shirts and carrying signs bearing the smiling image of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, hundreds of people rallied Sunday outside the base where he's being detained on charges of providing classified data to Wikileaks. **SNIP** David House, a friend who has visited Manning about 15 times since September, told the protesters that Manning appreciated their support. "It's stuff like this that gives Bradley hope," House said. "When I go in there, look him in the eyes and...
  • Firm Fires Back At Blogger Allegations Over Manning Rally Press Release

    03/17/2011 7:21:19 AM PDT · by concretebob · 6 replies
    Susan Katz Keating ^ | 17 March 2011 | Susan Katz Keating
    Firm Fires Back At Blogger Allegations Over Manning Rally Press ReleaseThis week, a press release was issued (text after the jump) with details about a rally planned for March 20 in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning. Manning is being held on a Marine Corps base in Quantico, V.A. on charges that he’s responsible for turning over classified information to Wikileaks. He’s been held since July, and some have called into question his treatment while in custody, saying that Manning has been abused. State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley resigned from his post last week over his criticism of the way Manning...
  • Manning Hires PR Firm To Tell Lies

    03/14/2011 5:02:41 PM PDT · by concretebob · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Susan Katz Keating ^ | 14 March 2011 | Susan Katz Keating
    Bradley Manning P.R. Flak Admits Deliberate Lie; Refuses to Correct Deceptive Press Release Do publicists ever lie on purpose? Do they ever admit to lying, but then refuse to correct their misinformation?You be the judge. To help you make your decision, I will present evidence in the form of a dialogue between myself and an actual publicist. First the excerpt. Me: So you knew it was wrong when you sent it out? FitzGibbon Principal Publicist Naomi Seligman: Yes. Me: When are you sending out the correction? Seligman: I don't think I'll send a correction. Now for the background. As we...
  • State Department Spokesman: Bradley Manning Is Being ‘Mistreated’ in Prison

    03/11/2011 9:41:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 11, 2011 | Alana Goodman
    It’s hard to believe that the State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley, not exactly one to shoot from the hip, would come out with a statement like this. But the Guardian is reporting that during a lecture an MIT, Crowley had some surprisingly harsh words about the Pentagon’s treatment of accused WikiLeaks leaker Pfc. Bradley Manning: Hillary Clinton’s spokesman has launched a public attack on the Pentagon for the way it is treating military prisoner Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of handing the US embassy cables to WikiLeaks. PJ Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs at the...
  • Protesters gather at Beale Air Force Base { Pfc. Bradley Manning }

    12/29/2010 12:46:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 21+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/29/10 | Bill Lindelof
    Peace groups outside the main gate of Beale Air Force Base today are protesting the treatment of the private suspected of handing secret reports over to WikiLeaks. They are also calling on military personnel at the base to resist war and the use of the drones. Protesters from Veterans for Peace, CodePINK and other groups are asking for "basic constitutional principles and human rights" be extended to Pfc. Bradley Manning. Manning is suspected of downloading thousands of secret reports and diplomatic cables and handing them over to WikiLeaks. The protesters are encouraging members of the military at the base near...
  • Bradley Manning's Life Behind Bars [Sniff, sniff]

    12/19/2010 8:25:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 17, 2010 | Denver Nicks
    Bradley Manning, who allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, turns 23 in jail Friday. The Daily Beast’s Denver Nicks, in an exclusive interview with Manning’s attorney, reports on his solitary confinement, what he’s reading (from George W. Bush to Howard Zinn), and his legal strategy. The last time Bradley Manning saw the world outside of a jail, most Americans had never heard of WikiLeaks. On Friday, Manning, the man whose alleged unauthorized release of hundreds of thousands of classified documents put the website and its controversial leader, Julian Assange, on the map, turns...
  • Marines Unsure of New Rifle Plan

    11/18/2010 11:16:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 52 replies
    Military.com ^ | 11/17/2010 | Christian Lowe
    Lt. Gen. George Flynn, who heads the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, told reporters at a Washington, D.C. breakfast that the service plans to finish outfitting five battalions with the new M-27 Infantry Automatic Rifle next month and then will observe how those Marines use it on deployment before changing the organization, training, and tactics of infantry units around the new weapon. But Flynn pushed back at critics of the M-27, saying the improved accuracy of the Heckler and Koch-made automatic rifle makes up for a lower rate of fire compared to the M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon it's...
  • Nothing Is Free - Especially Manning

    08/10/2010 7:45:11 PM PDT · by concretebob · 4 replies
    Blackfive ^ | 9 August 2010 | Uncle Jimbo
    Another typical code oink/NOanswer rally for a traitor. I picked Uncle Jimbo up at 1030. He was feeling a little rough, but after two bottles of XXX Vitamin Water, he was was in top form. Jimbo has a gift. He loves talking to the press and he is good. So Uncle Jimbo took point with the press and it was a thing of beauty. CNN actually gave him a few more seconds than they gave suzie. We need to give major BZ's to the Quantico Police Department. We weren't sure we would be allowed to assemble on such short notice,...
  • Caption Michelle handing out toys

    12/16/2009 10:35:48 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 45 replies · 2,433+ views
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives with a sack of toys as she visits the Marine Corps Base Quantico Toys for Tots Campaign warehouse in Stafford, Virginia, December 16, 2009. In support of the program, Mrs. Obama delivered new and unwrapped toys and gifts contributed by the Executive Office staff.
  • 'It's supposed to be hard'

    11/30/2009 8:56:07 PM PST · by Saije · 5 replies · 744+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/1/2009 | Christian Davenport
    Arthur Colby arrives at Quantico Marine Base by way of Groton boarding school and Dickinson College -- exclusive, private institutions that aren't exactly pipelines to the military. Officer Candidates School, he knows, will be unlike anything he's faced in his young life. At 20, Colby has a résumé crammed with hallmarks of the young and ambitious -- president of Dickinson's freshman class, internships with the Bush and McCain campaigns, a stint with a high-powered Washington consulting firm. He'd be well on his way to a bright future without the Marines. Instead, he's expecting six hellish weeks. Predawn hikes, obstacle courses,...
  • At Quantico, the ultimate test

    11/29/2009 5:54:36 AM PST · by Saije · 16 replies · 1,598+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/29/2009 | Christian Davenport
    There is no yelling. No invective. No spittle-laced derision. Instead, there is a soft, warm welcome for the dozens of young men and women reporting to Officer Candidates School at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. Arriving in polos and khakis, they check in at their leisure, anytime between 8 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., filing off buses or dropped off by well-wishing parents at what could just as well be the first day of college. This is no Parris Island, the legendary boot camp in South Carolina where the drill instructors' ferocity explodes almost the instant recruits arrive. But for the...
  • FBI, Navy Foiled Alleged Terror Plot on Quantico

    09/25/2009 6:03:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 2,442+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2009 – An indictment handed down yesterday in a North Carolina federal court charges three men with plotting to attack Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., with the intent to murder U.S. military personnel. The men -- two American citizens and a legal U.S. resident from Kosovo – are Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39; his son, Zakariya Boyd, 20; and Kosovo native Hysen Sherifi, 24, according to Justice Department and Marine Corps news releases. The three allegedly were involved in a plot to procure maps of the base and assemble weapons as a precursor to an attack, the releases...
  • Pair accused of plotting to attack Marines in Quantico, Va.

    09/24/2009 10:24:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1,413+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/24/09 | Reuters
    A new indictment unveiled in North Carolina charges Daniel Patrick Boyd and Hysen Sherifi with 'conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel' at the Marine Corps base there. Raleigh, N.C. - Two men charged in North Carolina last month with plotting terrorist attacks overseas also planned to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., authorities said today.
  • Feds: NC terror suspect had maps for Quantico plot

    09/24/2009 3:10:57 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 10 replies · 1,261+ views
    WBT ^ | September 24, 2009 | Mike Baker
    Federal prosecutors say two North Carolina terrorism suspects plotted to kill U.S. military personnel. A superseding indictment returned Thursday against Daniel Patrick Boyd and Hysen Sherifi is the first time authorities have said the men had specific targets. Prosecutors said Boyd obtained maps of Virginia's Marine Corps Base Quantico in order to plan an attack. Prosecutors have previously said the man went on training expeditions in the weeks leading up to their arrests in July, practicing military tactics with armor-piercing bullets on a property in rural North Carolina. Seven men are awaiting trial in the case, and investigators say an...
  • Post-Blast Training, FBI Training Academy, Quantico

    06/17/2009 2:28:21 PM PDT · by Cindy · 376+ views
    FBI.gov ^ | June 15, 2009 | n/a
    Video: http://www.fbi.gov/multimedia/bombs061509/bombs061509.htm "Post-Blast Training, FBI Training Academy, Quantico" SNIPPET: "FBI bomb technicians from the Washington Field Office conduct training to recognize attributes of specific bomb types and their aftermath. Transcript" # http://www.fbi.gov/multimedia/bombs061509/transcript.htm "Post-Blast Training, FBI Training Academy, Quantico" SNIPPET: "Our bomb techs are very, very experienced. They’ve deployed to Iraq. They go on 90-day tours. They deploy to Afghanistan--90-day tours. And there’s a reason for that. We want to see what they’re using our there. We want to see what sort of tradecraft, what sort of components. And we want to see if there’s any sort of migration into the...
  • Stability Operations Require More U.S. Focus, Gates Says

    04/14/2009 4:56:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 305+ views
    QUANTICO, Va., April 14, 2009 – The United States should focus more resources on recognizing developing problems abroad and assisting foreign governments through nonmilitary means, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here yesterday. In an interview during a visit in which he spoke to a group of 30 students and faculty at the Marine Corps War College, Gates said identifying these early warning signs is the foundation of what he referred to as “Phase Zero” operations, or government intervention that aims to help stabilize deteriorating situations in other countries. “How do you identify a problem early and put in the...
  • Navy’s Rescue Mission ‘Textbook,’ But Piracy Still Looms, Gates Says

    04/13/2009 4:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 514+ views
    QUANTICO, Va., April 13, 2009 – The U.S. military’s rescue of a kidnapped American ship captain yesterday was “textbook,” but the issue of piracy is likely to worsen in the absence of a systemic solution, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Off the Somali coast yesterday, U.S. special operations snipers on the USS Bainbridge shot and killed three pirates who had held hostage the captain of the Maersk-Alabama cargo ship on a lifeboat for five days. Military officials said Capt. Richard Phillips’ life was in imminent danger at the time of his rescue. “It was textbook,” Gates said of...
  • Defense secretary: Killed Somali pirates were "untrained" teenagers ("No Military Solution")

    04/13/2009 3:27:57 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 193 replies · 4,100+ views
    China View ^ | 4/13/2009 | Mu Xuequan
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday that three Somali pirates who were killed by the Navy's Seals to end a hostage crisis were "untrained" teenagers. Addressing an audience at the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia, Gates said that the slain pirates, aged at between 17 to 19, were heavily armed but inexperienced. They were shot dead on Sunday at the end of a five-day standoff with the U.S. military after they attacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship about 400 kilometers away from Somali and held an American captain as hostage. "As long as you've got this incredible...
  • AnySoldier Golf Tournament

    02/18/2009 10:14:56 AM PST · by concretebob · 2 replies · 319+ views
    One Marines View ^ | 9 February 2009 | Major Pain
    Mark it on your calendar!!! AnySoldier is planning a golf tournament on April 6th, 2009 in Quantico Virginia. Should be a hoot! Currently several "Junkies" that don't play golf have taken the lead to schedule a luncheon during the event where supporters will be meeting and blogging about the event with sponsors. Additionally, we will be having a dinner the night before the tournament as a fund raiser. You can sign up on the web site or simply send your entry fee to the address on the pamphlet. The tournament will be a shotgun start and the tournament will include...
  • Weight of Combat Gear Is Taking Toll

    01/31/2009 9:44:36 PM PST · by Flavius · 29 replies · 2,697+ views
    washington post ^ | February 1, 2009; A0 | By Ann Scott Tyson
    Carrying heavy combat loads is taking a quiet but serious toll on troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, contributing to injuries that are sidelining them in growing numbers, according to senior military and defense officials. Rising concern over the muscle and bone injuries -- as well as the hindrance caused by the cumbersome gear as troops maneuver in Afghanistan's mountains -- prompted Army and Marine Corps leaders and commanders to launch initiatives last month that will introduce lighter equipment for some U.S. troops. As the military prepares to significantly increase the number of troops in Afghanistan -- including sending as...
  • Country Star Uses Music to Take Troops Back Home

    12/03/2008 9:45:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 455+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2008 – Country singer/songwriter Craig Morgan can relate to the veterans he meets when he performs, because he’s been there. Country music star Craig Morgan performs a song he wrote to honor servicemembers April 19, 2008, on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. The performance was part of the Jack Daniel's-USO "Toast to the Troops" care package stuffing event. DoD photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I was in Panama in 1989 for Operation Just Cause, [and] I was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm,” the former soldier...
  • Staying Power: Marine Returns to Help Others on Road to Recovery

    11/18/2008 3:20:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 271+ views
    Staying Power ^ | Fred W. Baker III
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Quantico, Va., Nov. 18, 2008 – When Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Kachmar extends his right hand to greet combat wounded Marines, there is an instant rapport. Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Kachmar lost two fingers and had other serious wounds from his service in Iraq. But that hasn't stopped the 24-year-old from wearing the uniform and maintaining physical training, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va., July 2008. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III.  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A combat veteran himself, having fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Kachmar, 24, can trade stories of...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia ~ 10 June 08

    06/02/2008 6:00:06 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 275 replies · 1,429+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia Marine Corps Base Quantico is located near Triangle, Virginia. Known as the "Crossroads of the Marine Corps", it is a major Marine Corps training base, covering nearly 100 square miles. The Corps's 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. Spaniards visited Quantico 40 years before Jamestown was settled and Captain John Smith explored the Potomac banks in 1608. Tobacco was the main product of early...
  • America Supports You: Country Star to Help ‘Toast Troops’ at Quantico

    04/15/2008 6:31:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 166+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 15, 2008 – Military spouses and United Service Organizations volunteers will have a chance to join the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in offering a “Toast to the Troops” and enjoy a performance by country music star Craig Morgan at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 19. The event will be the third year Jack Daniel’s and the USO have conducted the "Toast to the Troops" campaign. The goal this year is to assemble 10,000 USO Care Packages for troops serving overseas. But the day won’t be all work for those participating. They’ll also enjoy a special barbecue and...
  • Navy chaplain pleads to forcible sodomy

    12/06/2007 6:41:26 PM PST · by familyop · 35 replies · 895+ views
    United Press International ^ | 06DEC07 | United Press International
    QUANTICO, Va., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- An HIV-infected U.S. Navy chaplain who pleaded guilty to forcible sodomy was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in a military prison. Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Lee, 42, of Burke, Va., accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors that suspended 10 years of a 12-year sentence, dismissed him from the Navy and required him to forfeit future pay and benefits, the Baltimore Sun reported. Lee, a Roman Catholic priest, admitted forcing himself on a gay Naval Academy midshipman whom he counseled and to having sex with an Air Force officer without disclosing he was HIV-positive....
  • [USMC] Marine museum a top site

    11/10/2007 10:39:20 AM PST · by HokieMom · 33 replies · 750+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2007 | Rob Gutierrez
    The National Museum of the Marine Corps has become one of Virginia's top tourist destinations, attracting more than 600,000 visitors to the Quantico site after one year. The Marine Corps will celebrate the museum's success on its first anniversary Saturday. "Originally, we were expecting between 250,000 and 500,000 visitors," said Chris Vassil, a media relations assistant at the museum. "We expect to end this year with over 600,000 visitors, which puts it in the top visited destinations in Virginia." The museum is expected to rank as the fifth most visited attraction in Virginia for 2007, according to the Virginia Association...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 9-14-07

    09/14/2007 5:51:55 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 132 replies · 2,313+ views
    Following last night’s address to the nation, President Bush and Vice President Cheney each met with troops and Marines today, thanking them for their service and for their continued efforts in the War on Terror. President Bush had lunch with Marines at Quantico, Virginia, and made a brief statement afterwards, in which he reminded Congress to “support our men and women in uniform, and their families, and those who have worn the uniform. “ (Transcript) Vice President Cheney traveled to the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spoke about the war in Iraq (Transcript). He then...
  • U.S. troop totals may be higher at end of surge (ha, ha)

    09/14/2007 1:16:01 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 263+ views
    msnbc ^ | 9/14/2007 | ap
    WASHINGTON - Even with cutbacks promised by President Bush, the United States may wind up with thousands more troops in Iraq next summer than before the buildup of forces he ordered in January. Bush approved the redeployment of five Army combat brigades and three Marine contingents between now and July 2008, but that does not account for thousands of support forces -- including military police and an Army combat aviation brigade -- that were sent as "enablers" and that apparently will stay longer. For example, the headquarters staff of the 3rd Infantry Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, was...
  • Bush Speaks at Quantico, Emphasize Iraq’s Importance

    09/14/2007 5:32:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 243+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – President Bush spoke to Marines at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., today, thanking them for their service and explaining the way forward in Iraq. (Video) After meeting with young Marine officers and the enlisted troops who train them, Bush said he told the troops about his address to the nation last night, in which he endorsed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ recommendations for the future of the U.S. mission in Iraq. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker this week provided their assessment of the situation...
  • Military officials eye equipment advances

    09/13/2007 8:27:33 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 3 replies · 475+ views
    UPI ^ | 09/12/07
    QUANTICO, Va., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The top defense contractors' latest product advancements are set to be showcased at the Modern Day Marine Military Exposition in Virginia. U.S. Marines are about to see the latest at the world's largest military equipment and systems exposition, the 2007 Modern Day Marine Military Exposition at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va., Oct. 2-4. Modern Day Marine Military Exposition is co-sponsored by Marine Corps Systems Command and the Marine Corps League. Exposition officials say almost 400 companies will showcase their products for a current military environment where there is a renewed emphasis on the expeditionary...
  • Marine museum at Quantico: 'Take the day'

    09/09/2007 12:49:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 162+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, September 9, 2007
    You don't have to be a veteran to appreciate this nation's military history. It helps, but it is not required. The museum opened Nov. 10, with President George W. Bush attending. "I got to meet Bush," Denham said. "He's a good guy." The museum, Denham said, "is awesome." "My recommendation is if you have visited the other Washington monuments, give yourself a whole day for the Marine Corps Museum," the sheriff's lieutenant said. "It's overwhelming." For decades Antelope Valley resident Alvin E. Cooper sent a few bucks whenever he had a chance to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation . Those...
  • Top Pentagon Officers Face Discipline for Endorsing Christianity

    08/27/2007 6:19:54 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 15 replies · 697+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Aug. 26 2007 | Ethan Cole
    Seven high-ranking officers, including four generals, could face discipline for what the Pentagon considers their promotion of Christianity. The Pentagon inspector general found the seven officers to be engaged in misconduct when they appeared in a promotional fundraiser video for the evangelical group Christian Embassy three years ago, according to OneNewsNow. Christian Embassy was founded by the late Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ and ministers to diplomats, government leaders and military officers. The ministry holds prayer meetings each Wednesday morning at the Pentagon. The officers were said to be in uniform at the Pentagon when they expressed...
  • US to Discipline Top Pentagon Officers for Endorsing Christianity

    08/27/2007 11:28:31 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 201 replies · 5,447+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | Posted: Monday, August 27, 2007, 10:32 (BST) | by Ethan Cole, Christian Today US Correspondent
    Seven high-ranking US officers, including four generals, could face discipline for what the Pentagon considers their promotion of Christianity. The Pentagon inspector general found the seven officers to be engaged in misconduct when they appeared in a promotional fundraiser video for the evangelical group Christian Embassy three years ago, according to OneNewsNow. Christian Embassy was founded by the late Dr Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ and ministers to diplomats, government leaders and military officers. The ministry holds prayer meetings each Wednesday morning at the Pentagon. The officers were said to be in uniform at the Pentagon when they...
  • Why the Democrats Caved (On the Surveillance Bill)

    08/09/2007 10:18:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,980+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 10, 2007 | E. J. Dionne
    Shortly before noon last Saturday, about 20 House Democrats huddled in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office to decide what to do about a surveillance bill that had been dumped on them by the Senate before it left town. Many of the Democrats were furious. They believed they had negotiated in good faith with Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence. They sought to give the Bush administration the authority it needed to intercept communications involving foreign nationals in terrorism investigations while preserving some oversight. But the administration held out for granting McConnell and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales more power while...
  • FBI ACADEMY BOOTS 'BOGUS' AFRICAN COP

    05/28/2007 6:40:53 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies · 721+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 28, 2007 | DAN MANGAN
    FBI ACADEMY BOOTS 'BOGUS' AFRICAN COP By DAN MANGAN May 28, 2007 -- The FBI's famed National Academy recently expelled a student from a troubled African nation after learning he was not a cop, as he had claimed, The Post has learned. The incident raises serious questions about the FBI's screening process for prospective National Academy students. The 72-year-old National Academy is part of the FBI Academy, which trains G-men. It is located at the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. - considered a "secured facility" by the government. The National Academy has trained thousands of U.S., city and...