FASTC info fair underway

Published 10:13 am Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Representatives of Victoria and Kenbridge are set to attend an information fair for Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) currently under construction at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County.

The fair is set to be held at Summit Point, West Virginia on Oct. 11.

Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton and Kenbridge Town Manager Robyn Fowler confirmed that they will be attending the information fair as representatives of Lunenburg County.

Lunenburg officials previously attended a conference the week of Feb. 12 for the facility, which will consolidate 11 different contracted training sites around the U.S. focusing on hard skills into one facility, a previous Dispatch report cited. That decision to build the facility was recommended by the Department of State to prepare foreign affairs personnel for increasingly uncertain and perilous conditions overseas.

An estimated 10,000 students are expected to be trained in the facility, reaching its peak during the summer months but operating year-round with an estimated 400- 1,500 at the facility daily.