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Lying in the northwest corner of Anne Arundel County, Fort George G. Meade is halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and about 20 miles from the Maryland state capital of Annapolis. Fort Meade is 5 miles east of Interstate 95 and one-half mile east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, between Maryland State routes 175 and 198. The post is near the communities of Odenton, Laurel, Columbia and Jessup. Howard County borders Anne Arundel County on the northwest, and the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services’ Office of Veterans and Military Families estimates that about 13,000 county residents commute to the post every day.

Anne Arundel and Howard counties are 200 miles southwest of New York City via Interstate 78, the New Jersey Turnpike and I-95; 700 miles southeast of Chicago via I-90, I-76 and I-70; about 900 miles northeast of Memphis, Tennessee, by way of I-40, I-81 and I-66; and 1,085 miles northeast of Miami via Florida’s Turnpike, I-95 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.


In August 2016, Fort Meade had a workforce of more than 55,000 employees, making it Maryland’s largest employer and the third-largest Army installation workforce in the U.S. Of that workforce, 16,313 were military personnel, 30,229 were civilian and 8,741 were contract employees. Active-duty military here had more than 20,000 dependents, and the post estimated there were 14,675 retirees and 41,612 retiree dependents living within 40 miles of Fort Meade.

Post Size

Fort Meade amounts to a city in itself — 5,067 acres and more than 1,670 buildings, including a post exchange mall, bank, credit union, post office, chapels, seven schools and many other facilities.

About Fort Meade

Fort Meade was preparing for its 100th birthday in 2017, a birthday that coincides with the 100th anniversary of World War I. The installation was named in honor of Union Gen. George G. Meade, considered the “hero of Gettysburg” for crippling Confederate forces there by repelling repeated charges under Gen. Robert E. Lee. Today, Fort Meade is the nation’s center for information, intelligence and cyber operations.

The post is home to all five branches of the military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. It also hosts a diverse group of 119 partner agencies including the U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Media Activity, the Defense Courier Service, the Environmental Protection Agency Science Center, the Defense Information School and the U.S. Army Field Band, among many others.

Economic Impact

Fort Meade generates $22.3 billion in economic activity — 43 percent of the total output of 15 military installations throughout Maryland, according to a study released in May 2015 by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Fort Meade supported more than 190,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs and provided more $13 billion in wages annually, according to the study. These figures are expected to grow as Fort Meade builds out its East Campus and enlarges its cyber expertise center.


Ft Meade Our Military History

In response to dark forces gathering in Europe and to establish a place to train draftees for war, Congress authorized the fort in May 1917 because of its nearby railroad, a Baltimore port and Washington, D.C. The land sold for $37 an acre, and initial construction cost $18 million. The post was originally christened Camp Meade for Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade, called “Old Snapping Turtle” by his troops and whose victory at the Battle of Gettysburg turned the Civil War in the North’s favor.

During World War I, more than 400,000 soldiers passed through the camp, a training site for three infantry divisions, three training battalions and one depot brigade. During that time Gen. Meade’s nephew, Maj. Peter F. Meade, stocked more than 22,000 horses and mules there for the remount station. The so-called “Hello Girls,” the U.S. Army Signal Corps’ bilingual telephone-switchboard operators, played a big part as well.

Around 1923 the post’s commanding officer attached an official pet to the 66th Infantry’s light tanks: Old Joe, the Army’s only tank-riding dog. By the time Old Joe died at the post hospital in 1937 he’d become famous, and the 66th Infantry paid him homage with a full military formation and procession of tanks and trucks to accompany him to his grave near a tank park.

In 1928, Army officials changed the post’s name to Fort Leonard Wood (an Army physician who rose through the ranks to high position and, eventually, the Medal of Honor), but members of Congress threatened to hold up appropriations until the Army agreed in 1929 to change the permanent installation’s name back to Fort George G. Meade.

Between 1942 and 1946, more than 200 units and 3.5 million men trained at Fort Meade. By March 1945, wartime peak military personnel numbered about 70,000 and the camp expanded services. The Cooks and Bakers School, for example, baked bread for the entire post (20,000 people including families of married men).

In 1942, the Third Service Command opened the Special Services Unit Training Center, which trained soldiers in all phases of the entertainment field. Actors, writers and musicians, including swing-band leader Glenn Miller, passed through.

German and Italian prisoners of war were also held there, starting in September 1943 with a first shipment of 1,632 Italian and 58 German prisoners. Some, including highly decorated German submarine commander Werner Henke, died and were buried at Fort Meade.

Throughout the war, more than 150,000 women served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) — the first, other than nurses, to join the Army.

After World War II, Fort Meade reverted to routine peacetime activities until June 15, 1947, when the Second U.S. Army Headquarters transferred command over Army units throughout a seven-state area from Baltimore to the post. Almost 19 years later, the Second U.S. Army merged with the First U.S. Army at the fort to administer Army installations in a 15-state region.

In August 1990, Fort Meade began processing Army Reserve and National Guard units for Operation Desert Shield. The post also sent two of its own active-duty units — the 85th Medical Battalion and the 519th Military Police Battalion — to Saudi Arabia. In all, 2,700 personnel from 42 units deployed from the fort during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Major Organizations

Ft Meade Our Military Major Organizations


The U.S. Army 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion, Medical Recruiting Brigade, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, pursues the best-qualified health care professionals available to work in the largest health care delivery system in the world. The battalion seeks medical professionals for the U.S. Army and Army Reserve in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Europe. The Patriot Battalion is headquartered at Fort Meade and consists of four medical recruiting companies in Fort Meade; Boston; Pittsburgh; and New York City, and more than 120 medical recruiters and civilian personnel at 21 recruiting stations throughout the region.


The 3rd Training Support Battalion (CS/CSS), 312th Regiment, is a tricomponent organization with Active, Reserve and Active-Guard Reserve soldiers in one command under the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade. The regiment’s mission is to help synchronize and coordinate premobilization and lane training for traditional and priority units in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

When a unit is mobilized, the regiment forms a Mobilization Assistance Team (MAT). MAT members attached to mobilization stations help train and validate mobilized Reserve and National Guard units for deployment. During peacetime, the Department of Defense can deploy the battalion to help civil authorities coordinate disaster relief.


The Maryland Army National Guard’s 32nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) consists of a full-time, 22-member joint Army and Air National Guard rapid-deployment force that responds to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive events and accidents; suspected and confirmed terrorist episodes; clandestine drug, chemical or biological laboratory occurrences; and all other suspected events, incidents and accidents involving weapons of mass destruction or toxic industrial chemicals or materials.

This specialized unit is broken into six sections — command, operations, communications, administration and logistics, medical and survey — with each member receiving approximately 1,200 hours of training to gain the skills and know-how to help civilian emergency responders. Such assistance may include identifying chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents and substances; assessing current and projected consequences; advising on specific response measures; and facilitating requests for more state or federal support.


The 48th Combat Support Hospital’s core mission is to provide hospitalization and outpatient services for patients within the corps.

When ordered, the 48th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) deploys by air and sea, sets up reception, staging, onward movement and integration (RSO&I); establishes a hospital area of operations; provides care and outpatient services; and can serve as the Medical Task Force Command and Control element and conduct split-based operations.

The 48th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, active in World War II and the Korean War, was inactivated in 1953. The 48th resurfaced as a CSH in 2000, the Army’s first multicomponent hospital staffed by both active and reserve personnel.

The 48th CSH has the medical capability of a 248-bed hospital with operating rooms, emergency medical triage and treatment facilities, intensive care units, minimal care wards and neuropsychiatry services.


With a history dating to 1943, the 55th Signal Company has supported every major military offensive since World War II and has earned both the Army Superior Unit and Joint Meritorious Unit awards. Originally designated the 55th Signal Repair Company, it was ultimately redesignated the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) in 1993 as it assumed the role of the Army’s combat pictorial detachment, originally stationed with the Department of the Army’s special photographic department at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Starting in 1994, soldiers from the 55th Signal Company (COMCAM) were allowed to wear the maroon beret with a distinctive flash as the unit gained the coveted “Airborne” status.

As the Army’s only active-duty combat camera unit, the 55th rapidly deploys worldwide into military operations to capture, edit and transmit high-definition still and video imagery to support commanders’ tactical, operational and strategic objectives. At any given time, 55th COMCAM has more than one-third of its forces deployed with missions that have included Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Homeland Defense/Homeland Security initiatives.


The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing (ISRW) is a global organization employing about 4,500 airmen, reservists, DOD civilians and contractors. The wing conducts and enables cryptologic operations for the Air Force and the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. The wing is subordinate to the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and is the air component in the national cryptologic enterprise.

Six intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance groups, four of them in the U.S., are under the 70th ISRW: the 659th and 707th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Groups at Fort Meade; the 543rd at Medina Annex, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; the 544th at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; the 373rd at Misawa Air Base, Japan; and the 691st at RAF Menwith Hill, England.

The 70th ISRW’s history dates back to its initial activation as the 70th Observation Group in 1941. During the 1950s and 1960s, the 70th ISRW served under Strategic Air Command as both a strategic reconnaissance wing and a bombardment wing before inactivating in 1969. In August 2000, the 70th ISRW activated at Fort Meade as part of the Air Intelligence Agency. The 70th ISRW was part of Eighth Air Force from February 2001 until July 2006, when it realigned under the Air Intelligence Agency. In June 2007, the Air Intelligence Agency became the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, and in January 2009 the 70th Intelligence Wing became the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing.


The 308th Military Intelligence Battalion is headquartered at Fort Meade and provides strategic counterintelligence to U.S. Army installations across the continental United States. It conducts counterintelligence investigations, operations and collection to detect, exploit or neutralize foreign intelligence services and international terrorism threats to U.S. Army forces, technologies, information and infrastructure. The battalion’s subordinate company headquarters are at Fort Meade; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The 308th Military Intelligence Battalion activated in April 1952 as the 308th Communication Reconnaissance Battalion; in September 1956 it was redesignated as the 308th Army Security Agency Battalion, but in 1991 its name was changed again, to the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion, an appellation it kept until its 1995 inactivation in Panama. That same year the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Security Battalion was inactivated and redesignated the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion; it remains at Fort Meade.


The 352nd Civil Affairs Command is a U.S. Army Reserve unit with fulltime Active Guard Reserve staffing under a one-star commanding general. Subordinate units include two civil affairs brigades and seven civil affairs battalions spread over eight states. The Civil Affairs Command’s mission is to organize, train, equip, validate and prepare civil affairs forces for deployment to U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility to support U.S. Army Central, U.S. ambassadors, country teams and other agencies as directed. Civil Affairs Command units shape the operational environment that enables rapid and decisive maneuvers and enhance the transition to peace. Their unit crest motto is “Non Ense Solum,” or “Not by the Sword Alone.” Civil Affairs soldiers have supported and continue to support civil-military efforts in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Horn of Africa and other overseas theaters of operations.

The Civil Affairs Command is headquartered in the $40 million, 1,800-member Army Reserve Center at Fort Meade. Built in 2005 to be environmentally green, the center includes training facilities, an organizational maintenance shop and office space.


The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade conducts signals and geospatial intelligence, computer network, and information assurance operations to support Army, joint, combined and national decision-makers who shape future Army Intelligence abilities.

Staying true to their motto “Here and Everywhere,” the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade has subordinate battalions at Fort Meade and at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, with additional elements assigned in support of Army and joint commands, among them the U.S. Central Command, Army Special Operations Command and Army Forces Command. Additionally, the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade deploys teams and individuals to support operations around the world.

Subordinate units include the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, which provides personnel for information superiority operations within the National Security Agency and Central Security Service. The battalion furnishes linguist support to the National Security Agency, the intelligence community and other U.S. government agencies.

The 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion contributes analysis and reporting through the Army Technical Control and Analysis Element. It carries out information operations, supports the Trojan satellite communications system and has taken the lead in SIGINT training to deploying units with Foundry sites at installations that include the Joint Readiness Training Center and National Training Center.

The 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, deploys technically qualified Soldiers to support tactical command missions and provides advanced geospatial intelligence to the warfighter.

The Army Network Warfare Battalion, activated in July 2008, supports the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense by providing tactical support to Army Brigade Combat Teams in Iraq through strategic support to other services, joint commanders and interagency partners.


The tip of the Army’s spear defending the nation in cyberspace, the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade is one of the newer major subordinate commands under Fort Meade’s U.S. Army Cyber Command. Activated in 2011, the 780th is the Army’s operational cyber force and crucial to Team Cyber, comprising the National Security Agency, Joint Service Cyber Units and INSCOM mission partners in addition to the Army’s Cyber Command. The brigade also conducts full-spectrum cyberspace operations to support Army and Joint Force commanders, drawing on the legacy of intelligence units and professionals to develop doctrine, capabilities and operational protocols for waging network warfare against threats from state and nonstate actors. The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade has two subordinate battalions: the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion colocated at Fort Meade, and the 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia.


The 902nd Military Intelligence Group conducts full-spectrum counterintelligence activities on behalf of Army commanders and joint warfighters to protect forces, secrets and technologies by detecting, identifying, neutralizing and exploiting foreign intelligence services, international terrorists and insider threats.

The group provides direct and general counterintelligence support to Army activities and major commands as well as general support to other military department counterintelligence and intelligence elements, unified commands, defense agencies and national agency counterintelligence and security activities.

The 902nd Military Intelligence Group headquarters and subordinate battalion activity headquarters are located at Fort Meade, though the 902nd MI Group has company headquarters detachments and field offices in more than 50 locations worldwide. The group began as the 902nd Counterintelligence Corps Detachment in October 1944 and activated in November 1944 at Hollandia, New Guinea. The 902nd relocated to Fort Meade in 1974.


In recent years, unprecedented threats to U.S. security from insurgencies, resistance movements and others have required innovative, unconventional responses to keep the nation safe, and the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, or AWG, was activated at Fort Meade on March 8, 2006, to meet this need.

The group observes, analyzes, trains and advises Army and Joint Fort units so they can better predict, mitigate, counter and defeat an enemy who, though perhaps unequal in size or power, can still cause significant harm. AWG identifies asymmetric threats, enemy vulnerabilities and gaps in friendly capabilities through first-hand battlefield observation. The group then generates solutions by reaching back then and there for help from experts and new processes, accelerating relief for Army and Joint Forces deployed worldwide.

The unit has headquarters at Fort Meade, a liaison officer cell at the Pentagon and an Asymmetric Battle Lab at Fort A.P. Hill near Bowling Green, Virginia.


For more than 70 years the U.S. Army Field Band has been bringing audiences to their feet as the premier touring musical representative for the Army. This internationally acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year to perform nationally and abroad to support U.S. diplomatic efforts around the world. Since it formed in March 1946, the Army Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents. The organization’s four performing components — the Concert Band, Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors and The Volunteers — each travel more than 100 days annually. Tours include formal public concerts, school assemblies, educational outreach programs, festivals, and radio and television appearances.


U.S. Cyber Command, with headquarters at Fort Meade, is a subunified command under U.S. Strategic Command. USCYBERCOM was authorized in June 2009 and reached full operational capability in October 2010.

Its commander is also the director of the NSA (National Security Agency) and chief of CSS (Central Security Service), though the organizations have different critical functions. The command has three focus areas: defend DOD information networks; provide support to combatant commanders to execute their missions around the world; and strengthen U.S. ability to withstand and respond to cyberattacks.

The command collaborates with interagency and international partners to coordinate the nation’s cybersecurity while making sure joint military operations have the best support possible. The command does so in compliance with all laws, respecting the civil liberties and privacy of all U.S. individuals. Service cyber components affiliated with USCYBERCOM that maintain a presence at Fort Meade include Army Cyber Command, the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command, Air Forces Cyber and the Marine Forces Cyber Command.


Ft Meade Our Military Arrival

See the Getting To & Around Anne Arundel County and Howard County chapter on Page 22 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County, about 10 miles from the post. Other airports in the area include Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. Transportation is not provided to the post.


Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, before you arrive at Fort Meade.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for the post. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about Fort Meade and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit, call the Relocation Readiness Program at 301-677-5590 or email your contact information and arrival date to


Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

From Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Take Interstate 95 or I-295 South toward Washington, D.C., to Maryland Route 175 East. Follow 175 E until it turns into Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate. Be prepared to present identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at the gate.

From Washington, D.C.

Take Interstate 95 or I-295 North toward Baltimore to Maryland Route 175 East. Follow 175 E until it turns into Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate.

From Annapolis

Take US 50/301 West to Interstate 97 North toward Baltimore. Take Maryland Route 32 West toward Odenton/Fort Meade, then Maryland Route 175 West, Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate.


Military Personnel Office

2234 Huber Road, Room 4 301-677-4209

When you arrive at Fort Meade, you must attend a mandatory five-day in-processing session with the Military Personnel Office. During in-processing, you will need an in-processing checklist, orders and ID card.

During this session, you will receive a welcome from the installation commander and briefings regarding master resiliency training (Phase I and II), personnel, finance, transportation, medical, dental and TRICARE.

In-processing week will start based upon the day you arrive at your unit, For example, if you report to your unit on Tuesday, you will report to Personnel and be prepared to attend Newcomer’s Orientation on Wednesday. Attendance on all five days is required to complete in-processing.

Upon completion of in-processing, you will have met the Department of the Army’s mandatory training requirement by completing 16 hours of Master Resiliency Training along with completing all other related in-processing requirements before reporting to the unit for duty. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend Newcomer’s Orientation.

Newcomers’ Orientation

This orientation focuses on welcoming newly arrived service members and their spouses, who can tour the facility and learn of available programs and resources. The orientation is 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Army Community Service’s Relocation Assistance Office, 830 Chisholm Ave.


IHG Army Hotels/Candlewood Suites

4690 Cooper Ave. 410-674-7700

Open 24 hours daily

The new IHG Army Hotels/Candlewood Suites offers lodging or temporary housing to active duty, military retirees, government contractors and civilians. Guests are provided a complimentary hot breakfast daily, free Wi-Fi, free on-post shuttle, free guest laundry, a full-service business center, a weekly evening social and a large great room with comfortable seating for family get-togethers. All rooms have fully equipped kitchenettes, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, DVD players, free local calls, an in-suite hairdryer, iron and ironing board, add access to a 24-hour fitness room. Pets are welcome, though a fee applies. All facilities are nonsmoking. For reservations, go to, call the hotel directly or go through the central reservations center at 877-711-8326.

Getting Settled

Ft Meade Our Military Getting Settled


Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center

2480 Llewellyn Ave.

Appointments 301-677-8800
Toll free 866-511-8748
Pharmacy 301-766-8800
Nurse Advice Line 301-677-8800

The Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center provides health care, medical treatment and health classes including tobacco cessation, childbirth education, pregnancy and postpartum health, nutritional care and weight management. Clinics include Internal Medicine, Medical Home Blue, Medical Home Red, Medical Home Green, Pediatrics, and a Vision and Hearing Center.

Preventive Medicine services offered include Army Public Health Nursing, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.

Anesthesia, laboratory services, a musculoskeletal clinic, operating room, pharmacy, radiology, same-day surgery and a specialty care clinic make up specialty care services.

The center also has behavioral health care services and the Army Substance Abuse Program.

Fort Meade has two dental clinics, one in the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center (301-677-8955/8956) and the other, the Epes Dental Clinic, at 8472 Simonds St. (301-677-6078/6983). Dental services are available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program; call 855-638-8371 or visit


TRICARE is the health care program for active duty and retirees of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize health care delivery for all beneficiaries in the military’s direct care system and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction by delivering world-class health care.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas outside the United States.

Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before moving.
  • Update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager (PCM) when moving within the same region, or submit a new Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.

Where you’re moving will determine your Prime option. If you move to a new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment by submitting a TRICARE Prime Enrollment and PCM Change Form to your regional contractor. Be sure to include all family members who wish to use Prime on the form.

TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service members must enroll in one of the Prime options. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available throughout the United States, and enrollment is not required. Any active-duty family member registered in DEERS may use these programs by seeing any network or non-network provider authorized by TRICARE.

If you’re already using TRICARE Standard and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS immediately. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area.

Here are a few things to remember about using TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:

  • In the U.S., visit your new regional contractor’s website for a list of providers. Remember, if you see network providers, you’ll be using the Extra option and pay lower copayments.
  • If you move to a new region, you’ll have a new claims address for submitting your TRICARE claims.
  • Learn your new region’s prior authorization requirements because these requirements may differ by region.

For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, visit


Housing Services Office/RCI Liaison Office

3081 Ernie Pyle St. 301-677-7748

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Housing Services Office is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use them to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at Fort Meade, visit the Housing Services Office for information, counseling and guidance before you sign any lease or rental or sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Personnel Housing

6405 Simonds St. 301-677-4783/2458

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied service members, grades of E-1 through E-5, in two sets of buildings. Service members assigned to a Service Cryptologic Element unit are housed in the Freedom Center Barracks. Noncommissioned officers in the grade of E-5 are assigned private suites with private baths. Service members in grades E-1 to E-4 are assigned private rooms with a shared bath and kitchenette.

Reece Crossings Apartments

4750 English Ave. 410-672-4076

Fort Meade’s first privately developed on-post apartment community, at the intersection of Mapes and Cooper avenues, has 432 one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with a large kitchen, a breakfast bar, full-size appliances, a big living room, a laundry room with washer and dryer, and free utilities, cable and high-speed internet. Amenities include a clubhouse, a pool with lap lanes, an outdoor fire pit, grilling and picnic pavilions, a full-size basketball court and sand volleyball court, and a 1-mile physical fitness trail with workout stations. Corvias Group, which built and manages the complex, also operates on-post military family housing. Active-duty personnel and DOD civilians and contractors are eligible for residency.

Corvias Military Living

(Family Housing) Leasing Center

2965 2nd Army Drive 410-305-1258

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

At Fort Meade, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may now choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Corvias Military Living, which owns the family housing and is responsible for constructing, repairing, maintaining and managing the community.

For comprehensive information about homes and amenities available in the Fort Meade privatized housing community, visit the Fort Meade Family Housing website.


Post Office

2789 MacArthur Road 301-621-7071

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The full-service Post Office on post provides window service weekdays and Saturday mornings. The lobby, with stamp vending machines, is always open.

Service members living in bachelor officer’s quarters should have mail addressed to their military organization. Post Office boxes are available.


Veterinary Services

2018 Annapolis Road 301-677-1300

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; evening clinic first Tuesdays; closed at noon the last work day of each month

All dogs and cats over 3 months old that live on post must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility within 10 days of their arrival. Owners must present their military identification and proof that the pet has been vaccinated against rabies. Each pet must either be microchipped at registration or have a clinic appointment to be microchipped.

The clinic’s main concern is military working dogs, and pets are seen by appointment only. Pet services include wellness exams, health certificate exams for travel and minor sick calls. Services are available to pets belonging to active-duty members, reservists, retirees and dependents but a military ID card is required. Emergencies are best handled by an off-post civilian veterinarian.

Family Pet Care Center

5 Range Road, Bldg. 5 301-677-4059

The pet-friendly facility provides indoor/outdoor dog runs, “condo quarters” and fenced and dig-proof grassy areas for long- and short-term boarding as well as doggie daycare.

To be eligible for boarding, dogs must have proof of Bordetella, distemper and rabies vaccinations, and the results of a fecal exam within the past six months. Reservations may be made up to three months in advance and must be held with either a VISA or MasterCard.


Main Post Chapel

4419 Llewellyn Ave. 301-677-6703

Fort Meade provides religious services, education, pastoral counseling, Bible studies, youth groups, choirs and retreats.


Noon Monday through Friday, Daily Mass

12:15 p.m. Sunday, Mass


8:30 a.m. Sunday Service


10:30 a.m. Sunday Traditional Service

Argonne Hills Chapel Center

7100 Rockenbach 301-677-3785/6035


9 a.m. Sunday, Catholic Mass

11 a.m. Sunday, Gospel Service


1 p.m. Friday Service


6:20 a.m. Monday through Friday, Shacharit Service

Noon Tuesday, Rabbi’s Luncheon and Mincha Service

Cavalry Chapel

8465 Simonds St. and

6th Armored Cavalry 301-677-6035


5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday Vigil Mass


8:30 a.m. Sunday, Apostolic Service

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Contemporary Service

1 p.m. Sunday, Spanish Protestant Service

Family Life Ministry Center

Argonne Hills Chapel Center

7100 Rockenbach Road 301-677-6035/3785

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

This pastoral counseling center offers all branches of the military, civilian employees and family members of the Fort Meade community professional, compassionate care. Counselors at the Family Life Ministry Center provide dedicated, professional service; for more than a decade Fort Meade’s Religious Support Office has successfully partnered with Loyola University Pastoral Counseling Department interns to provide care for issues including post-traumatic stress, grief and anger, as well as couples, parenting and family concerns. Counseling is by appointment.


All privately owned vehicles on post must be currently licensed, registered, inspected and insured in compliance with state and local laws. Maryland state traffic laws apply on post; see the Getting To & Around Anne Arundel County and Howard County chapter on Page 22 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving post are subject to search.

Serving You

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Consolidated Exchange

Rose Street, Bldg. 2799 410-305-8625
Starbucks 410-874-7086
Boston Market 410-305-4079
Charley’s Grilled Subs 410-305-4003
Subway 410-672-8080
Domino’s Pizza 410-305-8808

Burger King

2794 Rose St. 410-674-7908

6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visit and click on selections under the “Social & Dining” tab.

Club Meade and Brass Lounge

6600 Mapes Road 301-677-6969/4792

Freedom Inn Dining Facility

8502 Simonds Road 301-677-5503

The Lounge at The Lanes (Bowling)

2788 MacArthur Road 301-677-5541

The Pin Deck Café

2788 MacArthur Road 301-677-5541


Education Center

8601 Zimborski Ave. 301-677-6421

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

The Education Center serves soldiers, their family members and Department of the Army civilians with tuition assistance; veteran benefits; financial aid; military and academic standardized testing; educational counseling; testing for language aptitude and military classifications; and on-duty instruction in math, reading and language skills. The center also provides a multi-use learning facility for students to work on college classes or Army projects.

Representatives from Anne Arundel Community College, the University of Maryland University College and Central Michigan University are available at the facility to help students enroll in academic classes at their respective institutions.

Army Community Service

830 Chisholm Ave. 301-677-5590

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

This program features classes and services to educate military personnel in matters pertaining to personal, financial and family wellness. All military ID cardholders and DOD civilian employees are eligible for ACS assistance and to enroll in ACS programs.


Airman and Family Readiness Center

830 Chisholm Ave. 301-677-4136/4138

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Airman and Family Readiness Center promotes, educates and facilitates readiness and resilience for service members and their families by ensuring they are connected with the appropriate services on and off post. The center provides information, referrals, financial services, relocation and transition assistance, employment programs and spouse orientations.

The center serves active-duty military members from all services, Guard and Reserve members, retired military members and Department of Defense civilians and their families. Services are free.

CYSS Parent Central Services and Outreach

1900 Reece Road 301-677-1149/1156

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Call or visit Parent Central Services to register for all Child, Youth & School Services programs, including child and youth development programs.

Child Development Centers

Fort Meade offers four child development centers as well as the Family Child Care Provider program. The centers provide a safe, nurturing environment that promotes the social, cognitive, language and physical development of youngsters. All centers are accredited by the National Association of Education of Young Children. Hourly care is provided by CDC1 on a space-available basis and with reservations.

The Army’s Strong Beginnings Pre-K program prepares young children to enter school successfully by focusing on their social, emotional and physical development and equipping them with basic academic and “Kindergarten Classroom Etiquette” skills. CDC I, CDC II, CDC III and CDC IV all offer full-day programs, and a half-day program is available at CDC III.

Children of active-duty military personnel, DOD civilians and contractors, reservists and National Guard soldiers on active-duty status are eligible.


4725 Ruffner Road 301-677-5201

Children 6 weeks to 5 years old

Full day: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Hourly: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday


3100 MacArthur Road 301-677-6002

Children 6 weeks to 5 years old

Full day: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday


910 Ernie Pyle St. 301-677-1530

Children 6 weeks to 5 years old

Full day: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday


2410 85th Medical Battalion Ave. 201-677-9438

Children 6 weeks to 5 years old

Full day: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

CDC Home

2410 85th Medical Battalion Ave. 301-677-9532

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Family Child Care Office

1900 Reece Road 301-677-1160

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Family Child Care program provides a flexible, family-based alternative to the Child Development Centers. Installation military family members trained in child development offer daycare in their homes. Sign up through an online system at Parent Central Services.

School Age Care Center

1900 Reece Road 301-677-1245/1298

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

This program offers before- and after-school care and full-day care on school closure days for children in first through fifth grades. During the summer break full-day programs are available.

School Age Care Center programs include life skills, citizenship, arts, recreation and leisure programs. A computer lab and homework help are available.

School Support Services & School Liaison

1900 Reece Road 301-677-1227

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The school liaison links Fort Meade and the surrounding school districts. School Support Services advocates for military families within the school system including home school and special-needs children.

Exceptional Family Member Program

830 Chisholm Ave. 301-677-5590

This program provides special-needs families with information and referral services.

Youth Center

909 Ernie Pyle St. 301-677-1437

6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday

The middle school program serves young people in grades six through eight and is held before and after school. Transportation is provided to and from both middle schools on the installation. The program is designed for acquiring and enhancing social skills, developing creativity and building cultural awareness through such forums as 4H clubs and Boys & Girls Clubs and projects and activities, among them photography, individual and team sports, digital arts, drama and cooking.

Teen Center

3102 MacArthur Road 301-677-6054

2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Teen Center is within walking distance of Meade High School and is designed to meet the developmental needs of teens. It offers field trips, dances, state-of-the-art computers and clubs for interests from weight lifting to literature. For teens 13 to 18 (grades nine to 12), it’s the place to be.


Fort Meade Community Credit Union

4471B Redwood Road 410-551-5800/5801

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday


Legal Assistance Division

4217 Roberts Ave. 301-677-9536/9504

8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Power of attorney drafting and notary services are available on a walk-in basis; consultations with attorneys require an appointment. Services include family law, wills and estate planning, landlord-tenant problems, debt disputes, contractors and other issues.


Medal of Honor Memorial Library

4418 Llewellyn Ave. 301-677-5522/4509

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

The library is a source for information needs on almost any subject and in several formats: books, movies, reference books, current and back issues of magazines and newspapers, books on cassettes and CD, military professional reading list items, education videos, local telephone books, music CDs, foreign language materials and test study guides such as CLEP and DANTES.

The wheelchair-accessible building also houses computers for internet access to online databases, as well as resume-building and word-processing software. Come here for personalized help with questions; events, classes and storytimes; the Children’s and Young Adults’ Library; an online catalog (; and summer reading clubs and book discussion groups.


For information about the recreation programs at Fort Meade, visit Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation online at

Arts & Crafts Center

6530B York Ave. 301-677-7809/3217

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

This multipurpose facility is home to the frame and engraving shops, the woodshop and ceramics, though the engraving shop is closed on Saturday. Classes are available for youth and adults.

Automotive Skills Center

6530A Taylor Ave. 301-677-5542

1 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

State-of-the-art equipment, tools, hydraulic lifts, scanning computers and expert advice are available, along with 24 open bays to meet your mechanical needs. Qualified specialists on-site can handle jobs do-it-yourselfers would rather not take on.

BOSS Program

8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road 301-915-5389

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The aim of the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members (BOSS) Program is to improve the overall quality of single service member’s lives. BOSS encourages and assists single soldiers in identifying and planning recreational and leisure activities while participating in and contributing to their respective communities. All single soldiers, single parents and unaccompanied service members can participate.

Bowling Center
The Lanes at Fort Meade

2788 MacArthur Road 301-677-5541

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

With its 36 lanes, a full-service pro shop, a café and a lounge, The Lanes offers traditional league bowling, open recreational bowling, lessons and a video arcade room. Sundays are family days with discounts on bowling and food. If cosmic bowling is your thing, then hit the lanes on Saturday evenings with lights and music.

Outdoor Recreation

2300 Wilson St. 301-677-3810

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Outdoor recreation has equipment rentals from sleeping bags to snow-cone machines to ski sets, outdoor adventure programs and activities, family camping, RV storage, a dog park, and a Rod and Gun Club that meets the first Thursday of each month.

Burba Park

Reservations 301-677-3029

Amenities include six lakeside locations; an outdoor pavilion with tables, benches and grills; a volleyball court; a softball field; horseshoe pits; a cottage; a lake surrounded by a blacktop walking path; and three fishing piers.

Camp Meade RV Park

2300 Wilson St. 301-677-6196

The 50 campsites include three designed for handicap access and four camper cabins that each sleep six.

The Fort Meade RV Storage Lot at 2724 Ernie Pyle Road is open on a space-available basis to active-duty, Reserve, retired and DOD civilian personnel and their family members for boats, campers, trailers, canoes and vehicles.

Fitness Centers
Gaffney Fitness Center

6330 Broadfoot Road 301-677-3716/3724

5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays

The center includes a cardio room, life fitness and strength equipment, men’s and women’s saunas, two racquetball courts, a 25-meter indoor pool with lap and recreational swim, free mixed martial arts classes for adults, fitness coordination, a personal training program, and intramural and varsity sports.

Eagle Fitness Center

9018 Emory Road 301-677-0649

5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

This small fitness center has a basketball court, spinning and weight rooms, a stretch and aerobic area, and a variety of workout and cardio equipment.

Murphy Field House

8451 Zimborski Ave. 301-677-2402

5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for free play basketball; open 24/7 for fitness work

The center includes two racquetball courts, an aerobics room, two basketball/volleyball courts, a weight room and a cardio room.

Golf Course Partnership

Since The Courses, Fort Meade’s golf course, was closed in 2012, the post has developed reciprocal agreements at local municipal courses to offer golf to service members. A valid military ID card is required for any discounted rate; call before going to confirm the reciprocal agreement remains in effect.

Compass Pointe Golf Courses

9010 Fort Smallwood Road
Pasadena, MD 21122

Eisenhower Golf Course

1576 Generals Highway
Crownsville, MD 21032

Fairway Hills Golf Club

5100 Columbia Road
Columbia, MD 21044

Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club

11130 Willow Bottom Drive
Columbia, MD 21044

Hog Neck Golf Course

10142 Old Cordova Road
Easton, MD 21601

Leisure Travel Services

6530B York Ave. 301-677-7354

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday hours resume in spring

Open to active-duty, retired and reservist personnel, DOD civilians and their family members. Services include vacation planning assistance, brochures, maps, event calendars, free annual passes to national parks, Armed Forces Vacation Club accommodations worldwide, and hotel reservations and ticket sales for regional attractions — often at a discount.

Movie Theater
Fort Meade Reel Time Movie Theater

Llewellyn and Roberts avenues 301-677-5324

Movie schedules are published at and in the weekly post newspaper.

Fort Meade Museum

4674 Griffin Ave. 301-677-6966

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Established in 1963, the Fort Meade Museum collects, preserves, studies and exhibits military artifacts. Admission is free, but those without a Department of Defense ID card must be accompanied by a cardholder or federal employee; visiting the museum is no longer a valid reason for being allowed on base.

National Cryptologic Museum

9900 Colony Seven Road 301-688-5848

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. first and third Saturday

This museum is owned and operated by the National Security Agency and is open to the public. Exhibits pertain to the history and impact of cryptology on world events. Exhibits range from 500-year-old books to the modern supercomputer.


Fort Meade Commissary

2786 Mapes and MacArthur roads 301-677-4316

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

Save an average of 30 percent of your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the Fort Meade Commissary. In-store amenities and specialties include an ATM, bakery, custom photo cakes, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, plants, rotisserie chicken, sushi, fresh lobster and a hot foods department.

Fort Meade Consolidated Exchange

Building 2799 Rose St. 410-305-8625

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Fort Meade Consolidated Exchange wants to be your first choice for shopping and offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours of operation for services outside the Consolidated Exchange vary, so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Military Clothing Store 410-305-8253

Exchange Restaurants

Boston Market 410-305-4079
Charley’s Grilled Subs 410-305-4003
Domino’s 410-305-8808
Starbucks 410-874-7086
Subway 410-672-8080


Alterations no phone
Auto Detailing 443-306-3726
Barbershop 410-551-2053
Beauty Shop 410-674-2262
Florist 443-230-4455
Jewelry Repair 410-674-4998
Laundry/Dry Cleaners 443-305-4455
GameStop 410-674-2908
GNC 410-674-8057
Optical Shop 410-672-2875
Sports Memorabilia 443-229-2271
Tactical Store 410-695-5237
Tire Center 410-672-1045

Express/Class Six/Gas

410-672-1183, 301-677-7425

5 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, open 24 hours Friday and Saturday

32 Gate Express/Gas 410-305-4682
Arby’s 410-874-7023
Dunkin’ Donuts 410-674-7948

NSA Annex Shoppette

9810 Emory Road 410-674-6032, ext. 374

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Barber 410-672-0583


Building 2790 301-677-7695, ext. 4

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Trading Post Shoppette

Building 8601 410-672-2121

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Other Facilities

Burger King, Building 2794 410-674-7908

Fort Meade Thrift Shop

First and Chisholm avenues 410-672-3575

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. first Saturday of the month

The thrift shop offers uniforms, clothing, small appliances and household goods.

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