Welcome to Fort George G. Meade
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.
All privately owned vehicles driven onto Fort Meade are required to be licensed, registered, inspected, and insured according to state and local laws. Vehicles entering the post are subject to a 100-percent identification check and all vehicles are subject to inspection by Fort Meade security personnel. Department of Defense ID cardholders are required to scan their Common Access Card (CAC), military identification card or other approved access credential issued by the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center to enter the installation. Visitors who do not have a CAC, military ID or approved access credential must access the installation using the access control point at Mapes Road and Maryland State Route 175, use the right lane marked for visitors. Those non DoD-affiliated personnel must have valid ID, have a valid need for entering the installation and pass a NCIC III background check. At a minimum, visitors must present a valid Real ID Act of 2005 compliant driver’s license, a second official identification credential like a social security card or official passport, and vehicle registration documents when entering the installation. Visitors that attempt to enter any other gate will be redirected to the Mapes/175 24-hour access control point. Contractors, personal service providers, volunteers and other individuals conducting legitimate business on the installation may receive an extended access credential when properly sponsored by an authorized individual, organization, or resident. For more information regarding post access, call the Visitor Control Center at 301-677-1064 or 1065, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or see post access information/ frequently asked questions on the FGGM homepage at: https://home.army.mil/meade/index.php/about/visitor-information
Fort Meade has many services to make life easy for those who work, live and play inside our gates. Some of them include religious services, Commissary, Post Exchange and Express, playgrounds, a library, and more.
Fort Meade is the Army’s second largest installation by population with more than 64,000 employees that represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Space Force. Fort Meade’s more than 120 partner agencies include the DoD’s newest Combatant Command - US Cyber Command, part of the newest military service the US Space Force, as well as the National Security Agency, DISA/JFH DODIN Combatant Command – U.S. Space Force, U. S. Cyber Command – the National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency/Joint Forces Headquarters for the Department of Defense Information Network, Defense Media Activity, and several non-DoD agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and Architect of the Capitol.
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 turned 100 in 2017, a birthday that coincided 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 six branches of the military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force. It also hosts a diverse group of 120 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.
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.