Quantico Marine Corps Base Guide

Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006

The NCR is unique in that it is the seat of the United States Government and the location of senior offices of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal government. Significant numbers of high-level government and military officials work and reside within the NCR. Key facilities such as the Pentagon house Department of Defense leadership and command structure. Further, the NCR encompasses a large number of national historic sites and federal agencies and is host to multiple foreign governments, media, cultural, and business contingents. The NCR is the site of numerous national-level special events, and national special security events to include the quadrennial presidential inauguration and the annual presidential state of the union address.

In the event of a terrorist attack or significant natural disaster in the capital region, Quantico Marines could find themselves directly involved in assisting first responders, assisting in coordinating regional emergency response, and providing critical infrastructure protection, as well as providing installations as staging points and support infrastructure for disaster operations..

The Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region provides a regional coordinating authority for Marine Corps resources for anti-terrorism, force protection and incident response. Headquartered at Quantico, MCINCR is headed by the commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He has delegated day-to-day responsibility for antiterrorism, force protection, and contingency planning to the deputy MCINCR, who is also commander of Marine Corps Base Quantico.

The command, originally named Marine Corps National Capital Region Command, was established for a three-fold purpose: to facilitate consolidation of support functions, to provide anti-terrorism and force protection coordination for the Marine Corps in the national capital region and to plan and coordinate emergency response with DoD, federal, state, and local authorities in the region. The command was redesignated MCINCR to standardize the naming convention as regionalization was expanded to include Marine Corps installations on the east and west coasts. The decision to regionalize Marine Corps installations springs from decisions to better align the supporting establishment and installations with the operating forces.

The mission of MCINCR is to coordinate anti-terrorism force protection for all Marine Corps personnel, facilities and assets in the NCR by analyzing the threat and establishing procedures and communications infrastructure for regional coordination of AT/FP matters. The command is tasked to protect service interests in the region and provide support to external organizations based on availability of resources.

Through liaison and coordination, the MCINCR provides a capability, if needed, to engage in the Global War on Terrorism, specifically with regard to the center of gravity that Washington provides.

The commander's intent for MCINCR is that overall management of the AT/FP function will be centralized through regionalization to provide greater flexibility, more rapid response, improved internal and external communications, and to achieve a greater level of protection for USMC personnel, equipment, facilities and assets.

After the establishment of the National Capital Region Joint Force Headquarters, Headquarters Marine Corps assigned MCINCR as the Marine Corps Service Component Command and additional duties were assigned. MCINCR was to receive forces apportioned for NCR land homeland defense and defense support to civil authority support planning establish liaison with USMC commanders in the NCR joint operating area and coordinate joint planning process activities with the commandant of the Marine Corps planners and commander, Marine Forces North. Also, to be prepared to conduct joint training and exercises associated with commander, JFHQ-NCR land HLD/DSCA planning, and upon secretary of defense order, receive Marine Corps forces to conduct land HLD and DSCA in the NCR JOA.

Consolidations throughout the MCINCR include the following: Travel Management Office (consolidation of passenger ticketing) between the Navy Annex and Henderson Hall; disbursing and motor transportation from Henderson Hall will consolidate with Marine Corps Base Quantico; the Combat Visual Information Center from AR has consolidated with the Quantico CVIC; facilities management of the Marsh Center will transfer from AR and fall under Quantico's facility management function.