Since Quantico Marine Corps Base first opened its doors in 1917 it has taken on the role of not only being the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps” but also the “Frontline of Innovation” for the Marines. As you drive through the gates of Quantico you can’t help but realize how many important enlisted and officers of the Marine Corps have also passed through those gates and under the Welcome to Quantico Sign.
Drive past the Marine Corps University complex where officers attend both OCS and advanced training at among others the War College or enlisted marines attend leadership training at the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and you can see the emphasis that the Marine Corps places on training and education. Wander throughout the base and you will see the blend of old and new as the base continues to prepare for the movement of new military and civilian jobs as part of BRAC. Enjoy a stop along the way to take in the Potomac River views and if you are a golfer make a reservation for a round or two.
Quantico MCB contains the only town in the US (Quantico Town) actually contained within a military base. Though the town is small it does contain homes, a marina, plenty of restaurants, shops and VRE station. Marine Corps life and history are evident just outside the gates of Quantico as well. The National Museum of the Marine Corps, is located minutes from the gate. If you are looking for a little more adventure without as much Semper Fi then take some time and enjoy Prince William Forest Park at the same time.
Once you are done with your tour of the area stop by the Globe and Laurel Restaurant. The place is usually packed with fellow Marines, both young and old. With the planned widening of Route 1 the current restaurant may have to make a move but rest assured you will still feel like you are part of the family no matter where they go. If you need help with finding housing while you are stationed at Quantico give me a call. Marines stationed at Quantico have plenty of choices. Both Prince William County and Stafford County provide a wide variety of neighborhoods that Marines like to call home.
©2008. All Rights Reserved. Cindy Jones
All original photos taken January 2008.
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