Warrenton Training Center
Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State, National Security Agency, United States Army
7471 Bear Wallow Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186
Warrenton Training Center is a classified United States government communication complex located in the state of Virginia. Established in 1951, it comprises four discrete stations located in Fauquier and Culpeper counties. Station A, Station B and Station C are located in Fauquier County, while Station D is located in Culpeper County.
Station A, near Warrenton, is an administrative, training and residential compound. Numerous structures on site include both residential and office buildings. Station A is used as a training facility by multiple agencies, including the Department of State and the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence and Directorate of Support.
Station B, also near Warrenton, houses the headquarters of WTC and, at 346 acres, is the largest of the four facilities. It consists of several multi-story buildings concealed atop the heavily forested View Tree Mountain, as well as underground bunkers that house communications infrastructure. Operations at Station B include a communications laboratory, communications training, electronics testing, and equipment maintenance. Station B also houses the Brushwood conference facility, constructed in the 1990s.
Station C was at one time a CIA numbers station, which transmitted coded signals to U.S. embassies overseas and intelligence agents in the field. Transmissions carried a female voice, dubbed “Cynthia” by radio hobbyists, that would recite groups of numbers in English. The transmissions were last heard in 2003.
Station D, also known as Brandy Station due to its proximity to the community of the same name, is the primary high frequency receiver facility for the CIA Office of Communications, and also hosts a variety of satellite communications ground station facilities. Station D is also a core regional relay facility for the Department of State’s Diplomatic Telecommunications Service, a system of secure integrated networks that supports U.S. government departments and agencies operating from diplomatic missions and consulate facilities outside the United States.
Arriving at Warrenton Training Facility
The closest airport is Dulles International Airport located, 35 miles from base.
Directions from Richmond International Airport:
- Head west on Saarinen Cir toward Copilot Way
- Slight right onto Copilot Way then turn left to stay on Copilot Way
- Turn right onto Cargo Dr and continue onto Aviation Dr
- Use the left 2 lanes to take the ramp to State Hwy 28/I-66
- Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Sully Rd and merge onto State Hwy 28 S/VA-28 S/Sully Rd
- Merge onto State Hwy 28 S/VA-28 S/Sully Rd
- Slight right onto the Interstate 66 W ramp to Front Royal then merge onto I-66 W
- Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 43A for 29 toward Gainesville/Warrenton
- Keep left, follow signs for US-29 S and merge onto US-29 S
- Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto US-15 BUS S/US-29 BUS S
- Turn right onto Roebling St
- Turn left onto Bear Wallow Rd
- Slight left onto Old Reservoir Rd
- Destination on the left
There are Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Warrenton Training Center.