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September 29, 2017

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: 700-acre “training center”

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
The federal government’s Warrenton Training Center “Station B” occupies almost 340 acres on View Tree Mountain just north of Warrenton.
Acres that the federal government owns at its three Warrenton Training Center locations in Fauquier County.

Intelligence agencies use “the training center,” as locals call it.

“Station B,” on Viewtree Mountain just north of Warrenton, ranks as the most intensely-developed of the three. That 338.7-acre parcel features a data center, dozens of buildings and extensive underground facilities.

“Station A,” along Springs Road just west of town, covers 29 acres. On Sumerduck Road south of Remington, “Station C” has 332.4 acres, most previously used as an antenna field.

Babies came into the world at Fauquier Hospital’s O’Shaughnessy Family Birthing Center in 2016. That represented a decline of about 4 percent from 2015, when 770 births took place at the local hospital.

Fauquier Hospital averages two births a day.

The amount cleared by the Sept. 15 “Fauquier County Working Together Committee” golf tournament at Fauquier Springs Country Club. Ninety-one golfers participated in the event.

Since 2004, the tournament has netted about $104,332.

The tournament and other committee fundraisers benefit county government workers, school employees, Fauquier residents and local nonprofits that need emergency financial help.

Percentage of increase Fauquier’s public school system expects to spend this year on textbooks.

This year’s textbook fund totals $1.18 million, or $89,578 more than the budgeted amount for books the previous year.

Miles of sewer lines run through the Town of Warrenton. The collection system takes wastewater to the treatment plant on Frost Avenue, which processes about 1.7 million gallons of sewage a day.

A contractor has begun testing about 19 miles of lines to find leaks that allow rain and groundwater to infiltrate the system.
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Jim Griffin · October 2, 2017 at 7:29 am
While I am sympathetic to the concerns related by BJ, and loaded with respect for Blaine, it is worth observing the "Training Center" -- including its location and various purposes -- is a relatively open "secret" available to all, including maps and photographs, with a simple search on "Warrenton Training Center" and this has been true for a long time.

I became curious many, many years ago (read: decades) when the car radio was obliterated by signals from "numbers stations" originating from the "training center" transmitters. Ever since I've noticed that there is little attempt to hide the activities or their location, save perhaps for the evolving data center contained within.
BJ · September 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Mr. Emerson.....Why are you putting the information about the "training center" out there and who is using it???? The fewer people that know about it the better for all concerned. I know long time residents know or have an idea, but most newcomers do not, and it is best we keep it that way. It's need to know national security type of information and the majority of people have NO need to know. Thank you.

Blaine Johnson
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