Fort Detrick Army Base
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
1520 Freedman Drive, Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702
Fort Detrick is a Medical Command installation located in Frederick, Maryland. Historically, Fort Detrick was the center of the U.S. biological weapons program from 1943 to 1969. Since the discontinuation of that program, it has hosted most elements of the United States biological defense program.
Fort Detrick traces its roots to a small municipal airport established at Frederick, Maryland, in 1929. It was operated by a single person and the field was one of a string of emergency airfields between Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., until 1938. The field was named in honor of squadron flight surgeon Major Frederick L. Detrick who served in France during World War I.
Fort Detrick supports five cabinet-level agencies: the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services.
Within the DOD, Fort Detrick supports elements of all four military services. Major Department of the Army mission partners include the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the 21st Signal Brigade. Fort Detrick is also home to Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the National Cancer Institute.
The Forest Glen Annex of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland was transferred to the command of Fort Detrick in 2008 as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure process.
In April 2009, “Fort Detrick Area B Ground Water” was added to the Superfund list of the most polluted places in the country which currently includes 18 other sites within Maryland due to its use as a disposal area for chemical, biological, and radiological material until 1970.
10,600 active duty, Guard, Reserve, family members, civilians, DoD members, and retirees
Soldiers must come to the Military Personnel Division in the Community Support Center, 1520 Freedman Drive, Room 139A, to pick up the installation in-processing checklist. Sponsors are responsible for escorting new arrivals to the various agencies for in-processing.
Soldiers arriving after duty hours should report to the staff duty non-commissioned officer at 1532 Porter St. to sign in.
When reporting to MPD, soldiers should bring a duty position memorandum, permanent change of station orders, military personnel file, and medical, dental and education records.
Visit the Military Personnel Division website for additional information on in-processing procedures at http://www.detrick.army.mil/mpd.
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Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
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To be enrolled in a Maryland school, a child must be at least5 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
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If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Frederick County Department of Human Services 301-600-4555
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Frederick County Office of Child & Family Services 301-600-1063
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Frederick County Humane Society 301-694-8300
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Frederick County Health Department 301-600-1029
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office 301-6001046
Base Operator (301) 619-8000
Chaplain (301) 619-7371
Housing Services Office (301) 619-3224
ID/CAC Card Processing (301) 619-7311
Legal Services and JAG (301) 619-2221
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
On-base housing is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. There are 358 homes in seven neighborhoods available. Call 240-379-6410 for more information.
3 miles from base
Waterside is a safe, family friendly neighborhood in Frederick, MD.
12.5 miles from base
Galyn Manor is a safe, family friendly neighborhood in Brunswick, MD.
In Frederick, the summers are hot and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 89°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 97°F.
The best times of year for warm-weather activities are from early June to early July and from late July to late September.
The area gets on average, 40 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow per year.
The overall cost of living index in Frederick, MD is 116, which is 3% lower than the Maryland average and 16% higher than the national average.
Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Frederick, MD are 3% higher than the Maryland average and 13% higher than the national average.
Frederick county has many options when you are looking for recreational opportunities. The county is home to the Appalachian Trail, the arts and adventure, with museums, historic locales, theaters and more. The Great Frederick Fair has been going on for over 150 years and is the county’s largest event for rides, parades, exhibits and much more. There are also many parks, sporting events, shopping, restaurants, cultural events and outdoor activities.
The Tourism Council of Frederick provides a great deal of information on the area. In addition, you are only an hour from Washington D.C., Baltimore and Gettysburg.