2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 20:47:10 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENCROACHMENT: Quantico Marine Corps Base (VA) buffer
Marines want to protect the base

Forest land at Quantico offers an excellent place for Marines to train, and the military would like to keep it that way.

Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star (VA)
March 11, 2009

Joe Provenzano remembers the endless orange groves that used to surround Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in the early 1980s.

That base, built on a lima-bean field near Irvine, Calif., in 1942, became one of the most important military airfields in the West. In 1999, El Toro--now surrounded by houses and shopping centers--closed.

The U.S. Navy, which oversees Marine Corps property, learned a lesson from El Toro: Protect your mission. The Navy is concerned Marine Corps Base Quantico may suffer the same fate, and is taking steps to ensure growth around the base doesn't eventually choke out training.

Provenzano, the deputy director for Base Facilities at Quantico, addressed a gathering of Stafford landowners on Monday evening. The group had been invited to the meeting because their property has long-term strategic value to the base. Officials from Quantico are not interested in buying the property, they want the property to remain as it is.


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Lenny Siegel
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