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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

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.

Arriving at 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.

Base Population

There are 54,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, family members, civilians, DoD members, and retirees assigned to Fort Meade.