Thursday, May 31, 2007

Quantico gates receive new hours

The ‘‘Crossroads of the Marine Corps” is scheduled to receive a security boost resulting in shortened Onville and Commissary open gate hours starting Friday.

The Onville Gate will be open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and the Commissary Gate will be open from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

The changes will help harden the security posture for Quantico by reducing points of entry during low volume traffic periods, particularly during the hours of darkness.

‘‘These news hours are necessary to ensure the enhancement of law enforcement patrolling and emergency response capabilities aboard the installation,” said Maj. Jonathan Loney, executive officer of Security Battalion.

At this time, a decision has not been made as to whether these changes will become permanent.

‘‘Base officials constantly review existing security procedures in order to reassess Quantico’s security posture and make recommended adjustments when required,” Loney said.