Quantico Officers to Train at Laurel Hill


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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May 14, 2004

 

Quantico Officers to Train at Laurel Hill

 

Fairfax County government recently approved a request from the Marine Corps Base Quantico to conduct a training exercise on portions of the Laurel Hill property, located in the Lorton area, on May 17 - 20. County staff reviewed the request to ensure that the exercise would have minimal noise that would be limited to the site, no live ammunition would be used and no damage would be done to buildings owned by the Board of Supervisors that are scheduled for reuse.

A class of Marine Infantry Officer Course students from Marine Corps Base Quantico will conduct realistic training in an urban environment. This realistic training is part of IOC's 10-week course in developing Marine leaders for combat - lieutenants who will become platoon commanders in infantry battalions and may eventually find themselves in combat. The IOC students will hone critical urban environment skills in preparation for such missions as combat, noncombatant evacuation operations, humanitarian assistance and other special maritime and civic action missions they might be called on to perform during their Marine Corps service. This exercise is a standard training event for the students and is not preparation for a deployment to support the global war on terrorism.

The training exercise will be conducted at Youth Center I buildings. The training will have no recognizable impact on the community and any noise generated by the exercise should be limited to the site. Residents are asked not to attempt to witness the training at the facility, as military members will tightly control access during the training period. All aspects of this training have been coordinated with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. All activities will be closely controlled with safety being of paramount concern. Local residents should not be impacted by any exercise activities.

Note: Questions from the media regarding this training should be directed to Capt. Jeff Landis, Media Officer, Quantico Public Affairs Office, 703-432-0305, TTY 711.

 

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