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Fort Detrick began the next chapter in its history Sept. 30, 2011 with the transfer of authority ceremony transferring the U.S. Army Garrison from Medical Command to Installation Management Command.

"Today we turn the page in the next chapter of our history while closing an era of MEDCOM garrisons. Today, as we change our flag, we reflect on our commitment to sustain, support and defend our nation and our community. We have always stood ready and responsive to support the diverse missions and requirements put upon us, bus as of today our transition becomes complete," said Col. Allan Darden, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison.

In his speech, Darden highlighted the importance of safety to Fort Detrick as well as the importance of providing Soldiers, Families and Civilians with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service. "Our commitment extends to the wellbeing of everyone, development of our leaders and workforce, and the readiness of our installation to meet the needs and demands of our stakeholders and country's leaders. We are a national asset that is ready to meet tomorrow's challenges, responsible for the environment that we have been entrusted, respectful of our community and workforce and relevant to the success of our community."

With the switch from MEDCOM to IMCOM, the installation will focus on six lines of effort: Soldier, Family and Civilian readiness, Soldier, Family and Civilian well-being, leader and workforce development, installation readiness, safety, and energy and water efficiency and security.

"There's only one thing changing today," said Major General Rubin D. Jones, Commanding General for Installation Management Command Operations. "The authority to deliver to the quality of life equal to the service of the great men, women and families of our military that serve here at Fort Detrick. Let me tell you what won't change-70 years of excellence at Fort Detrick, being recognized as a community of excellence over and over again, great leadership, and the great mission that this organization has."

Switching from Medical Command to Installation Management was not a decision made overnight, as mentioned by multiple speakers at Friday's ceremony. Employees of the Garrison and of MRMC worked for two years to make this transition a successful and seamless one.

A sustainable community of excellence serving a diverse population of military, civilian, families and retirees. This community guide was prepared to give you more insight and acquaint you with the organizations. It will provide you information about services, facilities, and area attractions to make your assignment memorable.

The US Army Garrison, 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 US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the 21st Signal Brigade.

-Article from Fort Detrick Standard, Oct. 13, 2011

Finding Fort Detrick

The installation is located within the boundaries of the City of Frederick, which offers modern housing, schools, recreation areas, excellent utilities, and access to major metropolitan areas. Fort Detrick is situated northwest of Baltimore, Md., (46 miles) and north of Washington, D.C., (45 miles), in Frederick County, Md., which adjoins Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The major highways that access the county are 1-70, I-270, U.S. 15, U.S. 40, U.S. 40A and U.S. 340. Frederick County is easily accessible by automobile, air, train, and motor coach. Reagan National, Dulles International and Baltimore/Washington International airports are less than an hour from Frederick, which is also served by Frederick Municipal Airport. A Greyhound Bus Service is also located in Frederick City. There is a MARC commuter rail station in downtown Frederick. If you're coming from Washington D.C., take I-270 North to Frederick, where it merges with U.S. Route 15 North. Take the 7th Street Exit, and follow the signs to Fort Detrick's Veterans Gate visitor's entrance.

If you're coming from Baltimore, take I-70 West to Frederick, and follow signs to Route 15 North, Exit 53A. Take the 7th Street Exit, and follow the signs to Fort Detrick's Veterans Gate.

All trucks and deliveries must use the Old Farm Gate off of Rosemont Avenue to gain access to the post.

Directions from Baltimore, Md.

Decaled Vehicles

• Take Interstate 695 around Baltimore to Interstate 70 West.

• In Frederick, take Exit #53, Route 15 North.

• Follow Rt 15 North to the 7th Street exit.

• Turn right on 7th Street, follow 4 blocks to Fort Detrick's Main Gate.

NON-Decaled Vehicles

• Take Interstate 695 around Baltimore to Interstate 70 West.

• In Frederick, take Exit #53, Route 15 North.

• Follow Rt 15 North to the Rosemont Exit.

• The exit circles around and you bear to the right. Follow Rosemont Avenue, going straight through 3 lights. At the fourth light, make a right into the Old Farm Gate.

Directions from Hagerstown, Md.

Decaled Vehicles

• Take Interstate 70 East to Rt. 15 North (Exit #52).

• Follow Rt 15 North to the 7th Street Exit.

• Turn right on 7th Street follow 4 blocks to Fort Detrick's Main Gate.

NON-Decaled Vehicles

• Take Interstate 70 East to Rt. 15 North (Exit #52).

• Follow Rt 15 North to the Rosemont Exit.

• The exit circles around and you bear to the right. Follow Rosemont Avenue, going straight through 3 lights. At the fourth light, make a right into the Old Farm Gate.

Directions from Washington D. C.

Decaled Vehicles

• Take Interstate 495 North to Interstate 270 (Exit #38) toward Rockville, MD.

• At Frederick, Interstate 270 ends and joins Route 15 North.

• Follow Rt 15 North to the 7th Street Exit.

• Turn right on 7th Street follow 4 blocks to Fort Detrick's Main Gate.

NON-Decaled Vehicles

• Take Interstate 495 North to Interstate 270 (Exit #38) toward Rockville, MD.

• At Frederick, Interstate 270 ends and joins Route 15 North.

• Follow Rt 15 North to the Rosemont Exit.

• The exit circles around and you bear to the right. Follow Rosemont Avenue, going straight through 3 lights. At the fourth light, make a right into the Old Farm Gate.

Area Climate

Temperatures in the winter usually range between the upper 20s to low 40s with nighttime temperatures occasionally dropping into the low teens. Typically, summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s to low 90s during the day and overnight lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. During inclement weather there may be changes to the installation's operating hours. Call the Fort Detrick Weather Line at (301) 619-7611 or (800) 256-7621 for updates.

Courtesy to Colors

Military and civilian personnel must render courtesy to the colors during Reveille and Retreat. Reveille is sounded at 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. Retreat is sounded Monday through Sunday at 5 p.m. When Retreat is sounded, military and civilians, should face the flag and stand at attention. Vehicles must stop and all passengers should get out and face the flag. If the flag is not within sight, persons should face toward the music. When "To the Colors" is sounded, appropriate salutes should be rendered.

Appearance

All military members assigned to any organization at Fort Detrick are expected to comply with service regulations and directives concerning personal dress and appearance. Military bearing should always be a way of life for service members. The wearing of appropriate uniform is an important element of military life at Fort Detrick. Utility uniforms, specifically the Army Combat Uniform, are authorized for wear off post during duty hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for essential personal business that must be accomplished during duty hours when an establishment is not open on weekends or after the normal duty day. Examples include car repairs, licensing, dropping off or picking up children from daycare and for lunch at fast food establishments. After normal duty hours, utility uniforms may be worn during travel directly to and from work and emergency or essential stops. Under no circumstances will utility uniforms be worn to nightclubs, bars, or other entertainment facilities off post.