Marine Corps Base Quantico

Command and Staff College, Expeditionary Warfare School, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Air Facility, Marine Corps Base, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG), Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps University, Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Marine Helicopter Squadron-1 (HMX-1), Naval Health Clinic, Officer Candidate School, School of Advanced Warfighting, Security Battalion, Staff Non-commissioned Academy, The Basic School, Training and Education Command, Weapons Training Battalion
3019 Embry Loop, Quantico, VA 22134
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Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCB Quantico) is a United States Marine Corps installation located near Triangle, Virginia, covering nearly 55,148 acres of southern Prince William County, VA, northern Stafford County, and southeastern Fauquier County. Used primarily for training purposes, MCB Quantico is known as the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps”. In 2001, the base was designated as part of the Quantico Marine Corps Base Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. This district includes 122 buildings, two landscapes, a sculpture, and a water tower located within the Mainside area of the base.

The FBI Academy, the principal research and training facility of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the principal training facility for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are also located on the base.

During the American Civil War, control of the Potomac River became very important to both sides of the two armies. The Confederates picked the Quantico Creek area on the Potomac to set up their gun batteries. This enabled them to make full use of several points where their artillery could reach anything on the water, thus deterring Union use of the water highway. Following the war, railroads became a more integral part of transportation. In 1872, the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad was formed when several railroads north and south met at Quantico Creek. This railroad still runs through the MCB Quantico and is used daily.

MCB Quantico commands and controls assigned organizations and provides facilities and services to tenant commands, military and civilian personnel, and family members – in order to promote and sustain training, readiness and facilitate Inter-Agency, Joint and Service-level missions.

Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico is a United States Marine Corps airfield located within Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. It was commissioned in 1919 and is currently home to HMX-1, the squadron that flies the President of the United States. The mission of Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico is to operate and maintain the facilities, and provide services and material to support the operations of our tenant, Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) and other transient aircraft as required.

There are over 25,000 military, civilian, contractors, and students attached to Marine Corps Base Quantico.



All Marine Corps personnel reporting to Quantico during normal working hours will report in to the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC) located on the second deck of Building 2006, Hawkins Avenue, (Headquarters & Service Battalion Building). The Installation Personnel Administration Center phone number is (703) 784-4479. 

Upon reporting in, IPAC will provide initial administrative check-in assistance including personnel record updates, Original Orders Endorsements, Travel Claims, Unit Diary and Assignment to the Welcome Aboard Briefing. After completing IPAC check-in, personnel are turned over to their assigned Battalion/ Squadron level Headquarters for issuance of their Check-in Sheets and further in-processing.

If you arrive after normal working hours:

All Marines must check-in with the Headquarters and Service Battalion duty officer in Building 2006, Mainside. The duty will endorse your orders and provide temporary lodging to all sergeants and below until the next workday. SNCOs and officers requiring lodging will be directed to Liversedge Hall, 15 Liversedge Drive, for lodging. If lodging is not available at Liversedge, you must obtain a non-availability statement from the Liversedge staff prior to going to a hotel.

Northern Virginia is the third worst congested traffic area in the nation, in terms of percentage of congested roadways and time spent in traffic. Northern Virginia residents spend an average of 46 hours a year stuck in traffic. There are many safe, reliable and affordable transportation options available in the area, including OmniRide, Metro Direct, OmniLink, Cross County Connector, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and Fredericksburg Regional Transit (FRED).

Also, to make commuting easier, northern Virginia has several toll roads and many commuters use an EZ-Pass to cut down on costs and traffic time. You can learn more about how to obtain an EZ-Pass here.

The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is 38 miles from Quantico, which is about a 45-minute drive without traffic. Expect traffic to be heavy during the week, and plan accordingly. Interstate 95 does have Express Lanes with tolls that are either northbound or southbound, depending upon the time of day.

The area is also served by the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) west of Washington DC, which is 44 miles northwest of Quantico.

Additionally, Quantico Station is used by commuters, who work at Quantico and use the Virginia Railway Express.


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


Virginia’s compulsory attendance law states that all children who are five years old on or before September 30 of the school year must be enrolled in school. This could include public school, private school, a public or private preschool program, a private tutor, or home instruction.

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit

Quantico Middle/High School
Crossroads Elementary School
Prince William County Public Schools
Stafford County Public Schools

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too. 

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


Virginia Department of Health (800) 222-1222
The Mission of the Virginia Department of Health is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people in Virginia. The agency’s vision statement is “Become the healthiest state in the nation.”

Virginia Department of Social Services (804) 726-7000
The Virginia Child and Family Services Plan articulates Virginia’s vision to strengthen permanent family connections for children and youth.

Virginia State Police (804) 674-2000

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Prince William County, Virginia

Prince William County Sheriff’s Office

Prince William Public Library System

Prince William Humane Society (703) 634-0880


Stafford County, Virginia

Stafford County Health Department (540) 659-3101

Stafford County Sheriff’s Office (540) 658-4400

John Musante Porter Branch Library (540) 372-1144

Stafford SPCA (540) 657-7387

Utilities in Northern Virginia:
Dominion Virginia Power
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC)
Washington Gas Company
Prince William Service Authority Water Service (703) 335-7950
Stafford Department of Public Works Water Service (540) 658-4857

Local Services in Northern Virginia:

Base Operator (703) 784-2121  

BOQ/BEQ Liversedge Hall (703) 784-3149  

Commissary (703) 432-8099/8100  

DEERS/ID Card (703) 784-2758/59  

Dental Clinic (703) 784-2802/2803  

Exchange (703) 432-6455  

Housing Office (703) 432-8500  

Legal Assistance (703) 784-3126/27  

Lincoln Military Housing (703) 432-8500  

Naval Health Clinic Quantico (703) 784-1725/1699  

Relocation Services (703) 784-2659  

School Liaison Officer (703) 784-4729  

Temporary Lodging/The Crossroads Inn (703) 630-4444  

Veterinary Clinic (703) 784-2770  

Welcome Center (703) 784-4466  


Marine Corps Base Quantico housing is privatized and maintained by Lincoln Military Housing, which is located at 13201 Perkins Street. Assignment to housing is not mandatory at Quantico. Over 4,000 service members and their families currently reside on base in the 1,137 housing units available. The current housing unit allocation is 335 units for officers and 782 units for enlisted personnel. 

For availability, you may contact the housing office at (703) 432-8500.

Additional housing is available in some of the cities in the area, including Stafford, Fredericksburg, Triangle and Southbridge.

Apple Grove in Stafford, VA
4.0 miles from base

Apple Grove is a family-friendly neighborhood with great schools, well-maintained sidewalks, playgrounds, and walking trails.

Eastern View in Stafford, VA
4.5 miles from base

Eastern View is a great family-friendly neighborhood that gives those working at Quantico an easy commute with close proximity to shopping and dining.

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Prince William County experiences four distinct seasons each year, with cool winters and hot, humid summers. Daytime temperatures for much of the year average slightly higher than in Washington, D.C. due to the southerly aspect, although the inland location and distance from the urban heat island present in the nation’s capital make for significantly cooler low temperatures.

July is the hottest month of the year with an average high temperature of 87.2° F, which is warmer than most places in Virginia. The most pleasant months of the year are September, May and June. January has the coldest nighttime temperatures with an average of 24.7° F, which is about average when compared to other locations in Virginia.

On average, the area gets about 43 inches of rain and 18 inches of snow per year. May is the wettest month with 4.3 inches of rain, while February is the driest month with only 2.8 inches of precipitation. Prince William County gets some kind of precipitation 117 days per year on average.

Residents living at MCB Quantico, VA enjoy a cost of living index of 133. This index is 23% higher than the Virginia average, and 33% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Quantico Base, VA, the average cost of goods and services is 9% higher than it is in Virginia, and it is 9% higher than the national average.

Northern Virginia offers a variety of outdoor things to do for all ages, including hiking, camping, fishing and bird and wildlife watching. Nearby Prince William Forest Park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region at over 16,000 acres. Today, the park is a window into the past and serves as an example of what much of the East Coast once looked like centuries ago. Other notable parks in the area include Leesylvania State Park, Locust Shade park, Patawomeck Park, and Government Island.

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), known as “The People’s Marathon” is the largest marathon in the world that does not offer prize money and the fourth largest in the United States. Established in 1976, this annual marathon is held in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC, bringing in about 30,000 runners from all 50 states.

The base offers many family-friendly activities, including swimming, bowling, golfing and paintballing. The Paintball Park at Quantico is open for walk-on play every Saturday and Sunday.

Also, the surrounding area offers multiple historic must-see sites. Visit the Henry Hill Visitor Center at Manassas National Battlefield Park, which features exhibits and information about two major American Civil War battles. Each year, more than 700,000 people visit the battlefield to learn more about the Battles of Bull Run. Another option is to head south to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park where you can explore the battles of Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and other Civil War battles. The Quantico National Cemetery is located on land that was part of the U.S. Marine Corps training base adjacent to Quantico that has been used for over 200 years. Established in 1983, the 725-acre cemetery is for veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Just a 40-minute drive north, the nation’s capital offers a large variety of places to visit, including museums, historic landmarks, art galleries and memorials. In addition, most of the museums and monuments are free to the public and are popular destinations each year, drawing in millions of visitors. Places to visit include the Lincoln Memorial, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the newly built Museum of the Bible, the National Harbor, and the Smithsonian Museums.

While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in the area. For example, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free to the public and is a popular family-friendly attraction located in northwest Washington, D.C.

Some other popular points of interest include the National Museum of Natural History, the Jefferson Memorial, Mason Neck State Park, the Washington Memorial, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, and the White House.

For more information about things to do in the area and for a more complete list of attractions and sites to see in Washington, D.C., you can visit this helpful website:

Visit Washington, D.C.

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