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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

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.

Arriving at Fort Detrick

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

Base Population

10,600 active duty, Guard, Reserve, family members, civilians, DoD members, and retirees