Virginia delegation says planned foreign security center at Fort Pickett moves forward

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BLACKSTONE, Virginia — A planned training center at Fort Pickett for U.S. diplomatic personnel assigned to high-threat areas has taken a big step forward.

The milestone is the State Department's completion of a final environmental impact statement for the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at the Nottoway County base.

The development was announced Friday by U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and U.S. Reps. Randy Forbes and Robert Hurt.

The center would be dedicated to training foreign affairs personnel in security, life-saving and emergency techniques.

The center would bring together civilian, military and intelligence elements in the Washington area.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said the center will provide training for up to 10,000 students annually and create hundreds of local jobs.

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