Fort George G. Meade Army Base
Northeast Region Installation Management Activity, United States Army Field Band
830 Chisholm Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755
Fort Meade 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. Fort Meade is the nation’s center for information, intelligence and cyber operations. It is a part of the Northeast Region Installation Management Activity (NERO). It’s primary mission is to provide a wide range of services to 95 partner organizations from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as to several federal agencies including the National Security Agency, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, the Defense Information School, the Defense Courier Service, the U.S. Army Field Band and most recently the U.S. Cyber Command. This installation is dedicated to providing quality support to service members, DoD civilian employees, family members and military retirees.
Fort Meade is Maryland’s largest employer and is the second-largest workforce of any Army installation in the United States.
Fort Meade generates $22.3 billion in economic activity, which is 43 percent of the total output of 15 military installations throughout Maryland. In addition, 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.
Fort Meade is conveniently located between Washinton, D.C. and Baltimore, with several operating gates that offer quick access to the base. A new gate will be completed by 2020, making it easier to access the installation at any time. The main gate at Reece Road is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
Fort Meade currently has more than 54,000 employees (service members and civilians), and is the largest employer in the state of Maryland and second largest installation by employee population in the Army.
There are 54,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, family members, civilians, DoD members, and retirees assigned to Fort Meade.
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.
Fort Meade is not open to the public except for visitors to the museum, the handicap accessible fishing piers at Burba Lake, and by invitational request.
All incoming military personnel report to their individual Commands/units and sponsor for each branch specific orientation. Each branch of military has their own reporting in and after hours procedures; please let your Command and Sponsor know when you are arriving and where you are staying. Fort Meade is a large post and bus transportation is very limited on post. Incoming personnel will need a vehicle to get around on post. There are no car rental agencies on Fort Meade, but many car rentals agencies are available at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
For Army personnel who are going to be assisgned or attached to U.S. Army Garrison Fort Meade, Partner and tneant U.S. Army units must attend a mandatory five-day In-processing session upon arrival to the installation. During this process, Service Members receive Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Training (Phase I & II), Sponsorship Training, In-process Personnel, Finance, Transportation, Medical, Dental and Tri-care. Service Members will also attend the Newcomer’s Orientation – Joint Service session where they will receive a welcome from the Installation Commander and receive briefings about support services provided by the installation. Garrison In-processing week will start based upon the day the Service Member sign into their unit or the next duty day. Attendance at all 5 days is required to complete in-processing. Upon completion of this In-processing session, all Soldiers will have met the Department of the Army mandatory training requirement in completing 16 hours of Master Resiliency Training, along with completing all other related in-processing requirements prior to reporting to their unit for duty.
Incoming Navy, Air Force, Marine and civilian personnel report to their individual command /personnel office. You will be enrolled in your own service’s orientation process and will be informed on which day spouses are encouraged to attend.
All Military Spouses are invited to the “Newcomers’ Orientation” held every other week during October – April, and every week during May – September, at Army Community Service (ACS). Please call ACS at (301) 677-5590 for information.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
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.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
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.
Anne Arundel County Human Resources 410-269-4500
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.
Child and Family Services 410-571-8341
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.
Anne Arundel County Animal Control 410-222-8900
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Anne Arundel County Dept of Public Health 410-222-7095
Maryland State Police 410-379-9700
Base Operator (301) 677-6261
Chaplain (301) 677-4337
Dental Headquarters (301) 677-6078
Housing Services Office (301) 677-7748
ID/CAC Card Processing (301) 677-9589
Legal Services and JAG (301) 677-9536
Medical Appointments (301) 677-8800
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Fort Meade has privatized housing managed by Corvias Military Housing. There are six neighborhoods with 2612 homes. Fort Meade houses all service branches stationed within the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Military personnel attached or assigned for duty at Fort Meade have priority over military personnel attached within a 50-mile radius to Fort Meade.
3.2 miles from base
Piney Orchard is a beautiful neighborhood in Odenton. There are parks, pools and an ice rink.
8.4 miles from base
Landing is a family friendly neighborhood in Elkridge located minutes from Baltimore.
In Anne Arundel County, the eastern half of the county has hot, humid summers and cool, moist winters, and the western half of the county gets slightly colder winter temperatures and more snow. Annual rainfall averages 40 inches throughout the county. The average summer temperature is 87 degrees, with winter averaging 31 degrees. On average, 20 inches of snow fall each year.
Summers in Howard County are also hot and humid. Winters are cool and rainy, with lower temperatures away from the water. Snowfall ranges from 10 inches in the east to 30 inches in the west, with the area getting an average of 18 inches of snow annually. Annual rainfall averages 45 inches countywide, and residents can expect average temperatures of 24 degrees during winter’s three coldest months coupled with an average high of 85 in June, July and August.
The cost of living index in Odenton, MD is 125, which is 4% higher than the average in Maryland and compared to the national average it is 25% higher.
If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Odenton, MD goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in Maryland and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
The post is near the communities of Odenton, Laurel, Columbia and Jessup. Howard County borders Anne Arundel County on the northwest.
The most centrally located county in Maryland, Anne Arundel County forms part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and is bordered by North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay.
Anne Arundel and Howard counties maintain regional, community and neighborhood parks with sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring. In addition, there are many options for the arts; theaters, music and dance, museums and historical sites, shopping and dining.
Anne Arundel County website will help you with information on many of the these options.