Welcome to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, an installation dedicated to providing quality support to service members, Department of Defense civilian employees, family members, and military retirees. Every day, more than 100,000 people seek the services Fort Meade offers, including more than 60,000 military retirees who live in the area. Its primary mission is to provide a wide range of services, including the required infrastructure to ensure a safe and secure environment to more than 115 partner organizations from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as to several federal agencies including U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Defense Media Activity, Defense Information Systems Agency, and the Defense Courier Service.

Fort Meade is conveniently located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The installation lies approximately five 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 located near the communities of Odenton, Laurel, Columbia and Jessup, and is home to more than 50,000 employees, military and civilian employees. In addition, more than 11,000 service members and their family members reside on post. Fort Meade is Maryland’s largest employer and one of the largest workforce of any Army installation in the U.S.

Temperatures range from 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to 30 F in the winter. In the winter, the average monthly snowfall is 4 to 10 inches. In the early stages of the season, springtime is accompanied by high winds and moderate thunderstorms and summers are moderately hot and humid. Autumn is pleasant with temperatures ranging as high as the mid-60s.

In addition to the many recreational activities available on Fort Meade, the region itself is full of interesting places to visit. You can tour the historical sites of Annapolis and Baltimore; visit the White House in Washington, D.C.; or attend a football, basketball or baseball game hosted by one of the many professional and college teams in the Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia areas.

This guide was prepared to help the Fort Meade newcomer, but can also be a valuable resource to long-time residents and employees. Use it often to find information, including telephone numbers, addresses and web sites of the offices and facilities on Fort Meade. We hope your stay here will be enjoyable and your tour of duty professionally rewarding.