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Quantico may grow from BRAC

Marine Corps News

Story Identification #: 2005520101948
Story by Sgt. Salju Thomas

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (May 19, 2005) -- Marine Corps Base Quantico could possibly have the third largest gain of personnel in the state if the secretary of defense’s Base Realignment and Closure recommendations are approved by Congress.

The BRAC recommendations, which were released Friday, could result in an influx of more than 3,000 personnel to the base.

Quantico is expected to gain 500 military personnel, 1,300 civilians and 1,200 contractors while losing only 49 personnel. The 49 are Quantico Brig personnel, recommended to relocate to Chesapeake, Va.

“Marine Corps Base Quantico has been recommended to become the host installation for all service criminal investigation headquarters, along with Counterintelligence Field Activity and Defense Security Service,” said Lt. Col. Rick Long, base public affairs director. “This includes relocation of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service functions from the Washington Navy Yard and Army Criminal Investigation Command from Fort Belvoir to Quantico.”

The DSS conducts personnel security investigations and provides industrial security products and services, as well as offer security education and training to DoD. CIFA’s goal is to detect and neutralize the different forms of espionage conducted against the United States by terrorists, foreign intelligence services and other covert and clandestine groups.

According to the BRAC report, this recommendation produces synergies by collocating agencies with similar or related missions. Proximity to the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices and training facilities will further enhance this effect.

“This will facilitate multiservice missions by creating a joint organizational and basing solution that will not only reduce waste but also maximize military effectiveness,” said Long.

Collocating the agencies in Virginia and relocating all components of CIFA in Colorado Springs to Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is expected to save the DoD $172.7 million over a 20-year period. According to the report, this recommendation will reduce the DoD’s reliance on leased space, which historically has a higher overall cost.

Being within the confines of Quantico will provide immediate compliance with antiterrorism force protection standards as prescribed in United Facilities Criteria 04-010-01, the DoD’s minimum antiterrorism standoff distances for buildings.

The movement of agencies would require approximately 680,000 square feet of building space to be built on Quantico which would create additional jobs for the local economy.

“If the BRAC recommendations are approved, implementation must begin in two years, and actions must be complete within six,” said Long.

“The purpose of the defense secretary’s recommendations is to make the most efficient and effective use of all department resources, improve operational efficiency, save taxpayer dollars, advance transformations and enhance the combat effectiveness of our military forces,” said Long.


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