Security Battalion


Security Battalion

Marine Corps Base Quantico

Quantico, Va.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Cato II

First Sergeant Jacquelynn E. Muncy

Our Mission

Security Battalion's mission is to provide force protection and emergency services to the military service members and civilians who work, reside and visit Marine Corps Base Quantico. Comprised of over 400 Marines, Civilian Police Officers and Civilian Firefighters, Security Battalion conducts operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The battalion safeguards the base by employing the Provost Marshal's Office (PMO) which, in addition to utilizing Military and Civilian policemen also directs the Accident Investigation Unit (AIU), Special Reaction Team (SRT), Military Working Dog Handlers (MWD), Commercial Vehicle Lot (CVI), Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the Vehicle Registration Office to ensure the base is a hard target against any threat. The Fire and Emergency Services Branch provides a dedicated and rapid fire and medical response to the entire installation.

Commanding Officer's Policy on Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is an egregious crime that traumatizes a victim physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Preventing sexual assaults in this Battalion will require effort from all personnel.  I challenge all members of Security Battalion to take a stand against what is wrong, and to protect those who serve with us, those we serve, and those in the Marine Corps Base Quantico community.  Leaders at all levels shall be familiar with the contents of MCO 1752.5B.  The MCO defines sexual assault as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.  Sexual assault includes, rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (including unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts.  Any person regardless of gender, rank, or age can be a victim or suspect of sexual assault.  To prevent sexual assaults, we must all strive to eliminate unprofessional behavior within the command that wrongly sets conditions that enable sexual assault.  These conditions include events with excessive alcohol consumption, work environments that allow inappropriate comments or actions, and barracks with insufficient small unit leadership.  Our continuous challenge is to stay engaged with every person in our unit.  Through Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training that includes ethical decision games, gender-integrated training early in every person’s career, and other command team and all hands training, all personnel must be knowledgeable about sexual assault.  Decisive and engaged leadership is our primary weapon against sexual assault.  Every person needs to have the courage and fortitude to provide a safe environment for all personnel and to intervene if needed to prevent a potential sexual assault.  All victims of sexual assault must be treated with sensitivity, decency and respect.  We must ensure that victims receive the appropriate medical, psychological, legal, pastoral, and emotional care.  If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, please immediately notify the Security Battalion Uniformed Victim Advocate or the Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.  They will assist you with the appropriate support and care.

Commanding Officer's Policy on Safety
Our most precious asset is our people: Marines, Firefighters, Police Officers, and the essential support personnel within the Battalion.  Safety and risk management are part of every task, process and operation, whether on or off-duty.  Even one injury reduces our mission capability.  Leaders are responsible for taking care of all personnel under their charge.  Engaged mentoring, training, and guidance are critical to eliminating the needless loss of life and injury.  Leadership does not stop at the front gate or when secured.  We must all make sound decisions whether on or off-duty.  Ensuring that work conditions and our actions are safe resides at every level of our command.  The responsibility for risk mitigation is shared by all personnel.  All members of Security Battalion must strive to foster a command climate that promotes safety and preserves the assets, capabilities, and people of this command.  All personnel involved in training or the execution of an event are first line safety officers.  You are the first step in preventing a mishap.  As the protective and emergency services force for Marine Corps Base Quantico, we are expected to ensure the safety of all those who reside and work on the base as well as the surrounding areas by providing Police, Fire, and Emergency Services support.  Before we begin to ensure the safety of those we serve, we must first ensure the safety of those within the Battalion so that we are a mission capable unit.  Engaged small unit leadership is a key element to identifying “at-risk” personnel and then implementing risk mitigation plans.  While on liberty, if you detect a hazardous situation it is your responsibility to take appropriate action, just as you would if you witnessed a burglary being committed or an active fire.  If you perceive something to be a safety hazard, speak out and take action. 

Commanding Officer's Equal Opportunity Statement
From the Continental Marines to present, Marines have fought and won our nations battles in every clime and place.  From Veracruz to Belleau Wood, on Okinawa and Iwo Jima, from Inchon to Hue City, and from An Nasiriyah to the Helmand Province, Marines have formed unbreakable bonds and defeated our Nation’s enemies.  These Marines -- from Montford Point to today’s Marines serving in Afghanistan -- have included Marines of all races, ethnicities, and religions.  The Constitution of this great Nation that we have sworn to support and defend guarantees equal opportunity for all Americans.  Despite our sometimes troubled record regarding the treatment of minorities, people of all races have made significant contributions towards making America a great nation.  People of African, Latino, Asian, European descent -- and many people of other races and beliefs -- have traveled to America and made this country a better place.  The strength of our Corps and Country is based on this diversity.  It is essential to the overall performance of Security Battalion that all personnel receive an equal opportunity for success.  This means that all personnel must be treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, gender, religion, color, age or national origin.  Consistent with our Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, I expect nothing less.  Any form of discrimination or harassment based on the above factors violates our Core Values and equal opportunity and will not be tolerated.  Allegations of such a violation will be addressed competently and swiftly either by the Informal Resolution System or through a formal complaint.  Let us leverage our diversity and use it as the strength that it is.  We must continuously learn from each other and our differences as we form the unbreakable bonds that will continue to allow our Corps and Country to achieve great success.

Commanding Officer's Policy on Family Readiness
The success of our Marines and Security Battalion personnel depends on the support of our families.  Each family member plays an important role in ensuring that every member of Security Battalion is prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.  Simply put, it is impossible for us to achieve the highest level of success without the support of our families.  Family members include those persons who are “born into, sworn into, or married into” our Corps.  The end-state for our Family Readiness Program is for us to have ready and resilient personnel.  Our family members must be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully meet the challenges of military life.  Family Readiness directly impacts making Marines and winning battles by helping to build our core values of honor, courage, and commitment, while raising morale and thereby increasing our unit readiness.  Security Battalion will conduct a multi-faceted Family Readiness Program.  Designated family members will receive official information and readiness support from the Family Readiness Officer, Mrs. Katie Mello.  The official command information can be received through eMarine, emails, phone calls or text messages.  The primary means of keeping families informed is through the Marines and personnel themselves, but the Family Readiness Officer is an important part of our information flow.  She stands ready to assist you with any of your family readiness needs.  As explained by our Commandant, we must ensure that our personnel and families have access to quality facilities and support programs, as well as resources and benefits that provide a quality standard of living.  The Family Readiness Program also includes trained volunteers to help provide information and moral support.  We can always use more volunteers and I encourage all of our spouses to join our Family Readiness Team.  Our single Marines and personnel are also included in our Family Readiness Program.  At Marine Corps Base Quantico, MCCS is continuously providing opportunities for Marines through the Single Marine Program.  Our unit representative will work with the Battalion Sergeant Major to make these and other opportunities available to our single Battalion personnel.

Commanding Officer's Policy on Hazing
Our Marine Corps has only one “Rite of Passage,” the Crucible established by General Krulak, where Recruits become Marines.  This is a Marine Corps sanctioned event to determine if a person has the moral courage, mental breadth and physical fortitude to become a United States Marine.  MCO 1700.28B defines hazing as any conduct whereby a military member or members, regardless of service or rank, without proper authority causes another military member or members, regardless of service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to any activity which is cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning or harmful.  Soliciting or coercing another to perpetrate any such activity is also considered hazing.  Hazing need not involve physical contact among or between military members; it can be verbal or psychological in nature.  Hazing includes the practice of rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group.  In the past many military members, Marines especially, have expressed that certain events and occurrences were to “earn their spurs.”  These events were not sanctioned and are considered hazing.  To be clear to all Security Battalion personnel, hazing is detrimental to the morale and professional work environment that we strive to achieve every day and it will not be tolerated.  The people who live and work within the scope of Security Battalion’s jurisdiction must have respect for those that serve and protect them 24/7.  If they were to observe or hear of any form of hazing occurring within the Battalion, their trust and confidence in our ability to accomplish the mission would be adversely affected.  I charge all leaders, regardless of service or rank, to ensure that hazing does not occur.  I am confident that all Security Battalion personnel will continue to treat each other with dignity and mutual respect, consistent with our Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

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Quantico,VA 22134


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