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Marine Corps Base Quantico

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Cranky Monkey rides again! May 1, 2015 — Saturday’s cooler weather and gray skies didn’t do much to dampen the enthusiasm for the sixth annual 9 Hours of Cranky Monkey mountain bike race aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. As of 20 minutes before the start, 180 racers were registered for the event, tents were set up and barbecue was on the grill. Dozens of volunteers were on-hand to ensure MORE
World War II Marine embarks on cross-country solo ride May 1, 2015 — Dr. Bruce Heilman, left, 89, a World War II Marine veteran from Richmond, greets Bill Watson, a member of the Band of Brothers Motorcycle Club during his visit to Marine Corps Base Quantico April 23. Heilman attended morning colors prior to embarking on a 6,000 mile cross-country motorcycle trip. Heilman, who is also the chancellor of the MORE
Special Olympics’ ‘Meet in the Middle’ held at Butler Stadium April 23, 2015 — Dozens of athletes turned out at Butler Stadium during Saturday’s brilliant sunshine and warm spring weather for Special Olympics Virginia’s “Meet in the Middle.” Carrying out the torch for the opening ceremony was David, 8; Base Commander Col. David Maxwell; and Rick Jeffrey, president of Special Olympics Virginia. MORE
Vietnam Veteran conducts PME for Quantico NCOs, tells lessons learned April 23, 2015 — Noncommissioned officers from Headquarters and Service Battalion met at The Clubs at Quantico to for a professional military education event about the Vietnam War, which stretched from 1955 to 1973. Bill Peters, a retired Marine major and docent at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, talked with the NCOs for approximately an hour, explaining the history behind the conflict, the difficulties of operating in a jungle environment and what it was like for Marines when they came home from the war. MORE
Edson’s Raiders hold final reunion, toast brothers in arms April 23, 2015 — They were men who answered the call when our nation was in desperate need and whose tenacity turned the tide in the Pacific,” said Col. David Edson, branch head for Reserve Affairs Policy and grandson of Maj. Gen. Merritt “Red Mike” Edson. Then-Lt. Col. Merritt Edson took command of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment on June 7, 1941. The unit was redesignated as “1st Marine Raider Battalion” on February 16, 1942. Edson was promoted to colonel en route to the Pacific and led his men in battle on Tulagi and Guadalcanal. MORE
Marine Corps launches energy saving campaign, Unit Energy Manager program April 23, 2015 — “You have the power” is the tagline for the Marine Corps’ new energy ethos campaign and Unit Energy Manager program. A MARADMIN announcing the effort was released March 9 by Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics Lt. Gen. William M. Faulkner. MORE
Educators from neighboring counties gather at MCBQ to discuss military children April 23, 2015 — On April 16 school district staff, administrators, teachers, counselors, social workers and nurses from Marine Corps Base Quantico and Prince William, Stafford, Fauquier and Spotsylvania counties' schools met at The Clubs at Quantico to discuss how best to help military children. This event was the sixth annual education symposium, and it was organized by Quantico School Liaison Officers Tammy Smith and Liz Barnes. MORE
Belgian duke provides support to wounded US warriors, visits Marine Corps Museum April 23, 2015 — This story begins 70 years ago this month in the Dachau concentration camp. Princess Sophie Marie Therese of Bavaria was imprisoned in the infamous camp along with her mother and siblings. When the camp was liberated by American soldiers in April 1945, a young Army lieutenant named Albert Metts Jr., provided assistance to the princess, a service that made a great impression on her son, Duke Leopold-Engelbert de Arenberg. MORE
Out for a ride with Quantico Mountain Bike Club April 20, 2015 — If you have ever walked, run, biked or ridden your horse on the mainside trails aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, you have members of the Quantico Mountain Bike Club Inc. to thank for your ability to do so. While Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs oversees the trail network, and local horseback riders have contributed hours of maintenance and a number of bridges, QMTB members perform the bulk of the trail maintenance. Members regularly clear debris on their own while out riding or coordinate tree removal on the QMTB Facebook page. MORE
Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm to celebrate spring, nature April 20, 2015 — Nature enthusiasts seeking to welcome spring and get closer to nature won’t want to miss this weekend’s Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm in Nokesville on Sunday. The farm, which connects the forests and wetlands aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico with the 300-acre wetland mitigation bank, is loaded with wetlands and vernal pools, and boasts one of the largest patches of Virginia Bluebells in the Northern Virginia region, according to the Prince William Conservation Alliance website. Native to North America and considered among the first annual signs of spring, Virginia Bluebells are generally considered to be among the prettiest of wildflowers. Blooming starts in early- to mid-spring with the formation of pink buds that later mature into lavender-blue flowers. Wetlands, upland fields and hardwood forests can also be readily found at Merrimac Farm. MORE

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