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Marines use military skills to obtain civilian credentials November 26, 2014 — Last month the Department of the Navy released the Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunity Online. The Marine Corps COOL website provides a listing of civilian licenses, certifications and job opportunities that are related to each of the enlisted military occupational specialties. Melora McVicker, education services officer at the Voluntary Education Center aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, said that the program can benefit both active duty and reserve Marines. MORE
New guidelines released for off-base child care fee assistance program November 26, 2014 — Off base child care subsidy will no longer be given at a flat rate of $250 per child but will be based on Total Family Income, according to Marine Administrative Message 570/14. “Marine families with a lower income will benefit with an increased amount of fee assistance applied to their monthly child care cost,” said Belynda Smith, Children, Youth & Teen Programs section head, Marine and Family Programs Division. MORE
OCS grad follows grandfather’s footsteps into USMC November 26, 2014 — What began many years ago as a little boy’s distant dream became a heartwarming reality on Tuesday when Steve Brackeen Turunc graduated from the Officer Candidates School and became a Marine Corps officer. Ten weeks after arriving at Marine Corps Base Quantico with the intent of following his grandfather’s footsteps, Turunc was among the 169 candidates to receive the gold bars signifying their status as newly minted second lieutenants before a large throng of friends and family at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. MORE
PMO begins carrying Tasers November 26, 2014 — “Taser! Taser!” That is the warning I heard immediatelybefore I was shocked with 50,000 volts of electricity and momentarilyincapacitated. I had volunteered to be Tased by a military police officerduring one of the Provost Marshal’s Office Taser training sessions so I couldbetter understand the intensity and effectiveness of the MORE
MCAF/ Quantico realignment in place November 26, 2014 — They remain two distinct entities, but Marine Corps Base Quantico and the neighboring Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico have officially partnered up with smoother daily operations in mind. Per the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding that went into effect on Oct. 1, MCAF has been realigned from Marine Corps Installations East to Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region. According to the agreement, MCAF, which is the home of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, is now considered a subordinate installation to MCINCR. Nothing has changed for HMX-1. MORE
Activities commemorate 50th anniversary of Vietnam War start November 26, 2014 — The Department of Defense and Marine Corps Base Quantico have teamed up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. As a DOD commemorative partner with plans to observe the war’s beginnings, Quantico has pledged to hold events starting next year to honor the many service members, their families and civilians who supported the American effort in Southeast Asia. MORE
Staff sergeants graduate from first Career Course seminar November 26, 2014 — On Nov. 20, 13 Marine Corps staff sergeants graduatedfrom the first iteration of the Career Course seminar held at Marine Corps BaseQuantico. A 7-week resident version of the course has been in existence sincethe Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy opened in 1971, according to SNCOstaff member Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Clement. At the resident course, MORE
Marines, civilians talk leadership November 20, 2014 — Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, likened effective leadership to the coaching style preferred by the late Bear Bryant. The legendary University of Alabama football coach was long renowned for overseeing his Crimson Tide practices from the tower that sat alongside the practice field. The high vantage point afforded Bryant the opportunity to see all of what was going on with his team. MORE
Brig. Gen. Helen Pratt takes the helm at Education Command November 20, 2014 — On Nov. 18, Brig. Gen. Helen Pratt took the helm at Education Command aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. With more than 20 years of experience in the education community, Gen. Pratt brings a wealth of knowledge and subject matter expertise to EDCOM and Marine Corps University. MORE
MCBQ Barracks get WiFi November 20, 2014 — Boingo Broadband had young Marines in mind with a flexible internet and TV package convenient to barracks living. Providing easy access, fast speeds and added flexibility, Boingo is a fully wireless solution for internet, TV and Wi-Fi devices. A free basic service includes 128kpps for e-mail and web browsing, in addition to free local IPTV. Marines living in barracks aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico have the option to buy a standard internet/TV service or an expanded internet/TV service. MORE

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