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Foreign Affairs Security Training Center - Project Fact Sheet No. 1

August 12, 2011



The Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) will provide security training for Department of State (DOS) and other U.S. government staff posted at American embassies overseas; a small number of foreign security personnel will also be trained. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and DOS officials began a conversation in 2010 with the Virginia Army National Guard’s (VaARNG) Maneuver Training Center at Fort Pickett, Virginia (acting on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia) and representatives from Nottoway County regarding approximately 1,500 acres of land on and near Fort Pickett as a possible site for FASTC.

An initial feasibility study concluded that the proposed parcels at Fort Pickett can support FASTC. Additional analysis of the site is required. Environmental and land use planning studies will begin shortly on the potential site to determine the appropriateness as a possible site for FASTC. The site being analyzed includes two large parcels of land in Nottoway County, one held by VaARNG at Fort Pickett and one held by Nottoway County at Pickett Park. Both parcels would be needed to fit the FASTC program.


Training will include small arms weapons training, driving courses, and classroom instruction. When fully operational, DOS expects to train approximately 8,000-10,000 students per year, with courses ranging from one week to several months long.

The Master Plan will include the following FASTC program functions: 

Soft Skills Training


Administrative Offices

Simulation Labs

Fitness Center

Hard Skills Training


Driving Tracks

Indoor | Outdoor Firing and Explosive Ranges

Mock Urban Environments

Weapons and Explosives Storage

Life Support


Student Housing | Dining

Medical and Fire|EMS


Logistics Support



Power, Water, Waste

Buildings and Grounds




The environmental and planning studies that will begin shortly on the site are being done under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Both NEPA and NHPA require public participation in the decision-making process. For additional information, see the Fact Sheet on “Frequently Asked Questions – NEPA and NHPA.”

See  for additional information. Public Comments and Inquiries:  or (215) 446-4815 Media Inquiries: GSA Public Affairs Officer, Gina Blyther Gilliam at  Contractors:  for future business opportunities.

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