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Marine Corps Barracks Are Going High Tech

New housing facilities include Wi-Fi, lighting control and a home theater with a 60-inch flat panel.


New U.S. Marine Corps barracks include a home theater with a 60-inch flat panel. Photo credit: Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times
Jason Knott · October 3, 2011

Since U.S. Marines lay their lives on the line for our freedom, it’s good to see that they are getting to experience the luxuries of home theater, lighting control and wireless networking.

According to the L.A. Times, five new living facilities at Camp Pendleton in Southern California feature a slew of technology features, including a computer room with Wi-Fi, lighting control occupancy sensors and a common room with a 60-inch HDTV and theater seating with drink holders. On the roof, the facility has solar panels. A sixth unit, which consists of three-and -four buildings, is being constructed.

The upgrades are part of a $2.5 billion government program to upgrade the living facilities for the Marine Corps across the nation.

Other non-tech amenities include horseshoe pits, tennis courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, roller-hockey court, sand volleyball court, basketball courts, putting green, barbecue grills, shaded picnic area, amphitheater, bicycle storage rack, pool tables, laundry facilities and a “boot wash.”

The facilities are similar to the high-rise AMX-controlled towers built for the U.S. Navy in San Diego in 2010.

It sounds a lot better than Afghanistan. Congratulations, you guys and gals deserve it.



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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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