Fort Meade Welcome Guide

Partner Commands

Monday, March 24, 2008

3rd Training Support Battalion (CS⁄CSS), 312th Regiment
2118 Annapolis Road, Fort Meade
(301) 677-3181
The 3rd Training Battalion (CS⁄CSS), 312th Regiment is a tri-component organization with Active, Reserve and Active-Guard Reserve (AGR) component Soldiers within one command under the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade. The regiment’s mission is to assist in synchronization and coordination for pre-mobilization training assistance and lanes training for priority and traditional units throughout Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Upon call-up or declaration of mobilization, the regiment forms a Mobilization Assistance Team. All MAT members attached to selected mobilization stations assist in training and validating mobilized Reserve and National Guard units for timely deployment. A peacetime mission of the battalion is to serve as deployable Department of Defense military support to civil authorities for disaster relief coordination.

48th Combat Support Hospital
(301) 833-6579
The mission of the 48th Combat Support Hospital – a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital – is to deploy upon orders and provide Level III medical care to all classes of patients for definitive treatment within a Corps Area of Responsibility. The 48th provides operating rooms, emergency medical treatment and triage facilities, intensive care units, minimal care wards and neuropsychiatry services.

The 48th was active during World War II and the Korean War and was inactivated in 1953. It resurfaced as a CSH in 2000 as the Army’s first multi-component hospital staffed by both active and reserve component personnel.

The 48th is currently staffed with 478 reservists, including 15 Active Guard Reserve personnel and four military technicians.

55th Combat Camera Company
845 Chisholm Avenue
(301) 677-5342⁄43
The mission of the 55th Combat Camera Company is to install, operate, and maintain tactical visual information systems in support of combatant commanders during war and peacetime.

Documentation of ground, sea and air operations is in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Headquarters, Department of the Army, the United States Army Reserve, Army National Guard and major Army commanders.

The 55th Combat Camera Company is capable of worldwide deployment on short notice, with four platoons divided into 24 documentation teams. Each documentation team is capable of digital still photography, digital image transmission, digital video recording and video editing. The unit has its own organic transportation assets and has limited airborne capabilities.

The Combat Camera Company has participated in operations Urgent Fury (Grenada), Just Cause (Panama), Desert Shield and Storm (Kuwait), Restore Hope and Continue Hope (Somalia), Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and continues to provide documentation support for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

70th Intelligence Wing
(301) 677-0838
The 70th Intelligence Wing was activated on Aug. 16, 2000.It is a global organization comprising of more than 6,600 Airmen, 300 Reservists and 17,000 family members. The wing conducts and enables cryptologic operations for the Air Force and the National Security Agency⁄ Central Security Service. Subordinate to the Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and acting as the air component to the cryptologic enterprise, the 70th IW delivers the world’s best cryptologic capabilities, operators and leaders. The wing optimizes the nation’s ability to respond to any contingencies, win the global war on terror and protect homeland security.

Subordinate to the wing are seven intelligence groups, six of which are located in the continental U.S. and Pacific theater, along with one detachment and one group in the European theater: the 70th Operations Group and the 70th Mission Support Group, located at Fort Meade, Md.; the 373rd Intelligence Group at Misawa AB, Japan; the 543rd Intelligence Group at Medina Annex, Lackland AFB, Texas; the 692nd Intelligence Group at Hickam AFB, Hawaii; the 693rd Intelligence Group, Ramstein AB Germany; and the 544th Information Operations Group at Peterson AFB, Colo.

The 70th IW has a rich history dating back to when it was activated as the 70th Observation Group on Sept. 13, 1941. The group was redesignated as the 70th Reconnaissance Group on April 2, 1943 and as the 70th Tactical Reconnaissance Group onAug. 11, 1943. It was inactivated Nov. 30, 1943. The group was reactivated and redesignated as the 70th Reconnaissance Group on March 10, 1947 and inactivated again on June 27, 1949. The group was consolidated with the 70th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Jan. 31, 1984 and redesignated as the 70th Intelligence Wing on Aug. 16, 2000. The 70th IW was initially aligned under the Air Intelligence Agency (AIA), reorganized under the 8th Air Force on Feb. 1, 2001 and then realigned under AIA in 2006.

308th Military Intelligence Battalion
Fort Meade Field Office
8544 6th Armored Cavalry Road, 3rd Floor
(301) 677-2199, (301) 677-2251, (301) 677-3830
The Fort Meade Field Office of the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion conducts counterintelligence operations throughout Central Maryland to detect, identify, neutralize, and defeat collection efforts of foreign intelligence services and international terrorism.

The unit provides threat assessments, analysis, Subversion and Espionage Directed Against the Army (SAEDA) briefings, and counterintelligence investigations.

Fort Meade Field Office’s area of operation includes the Maryland Eastern Shore and the counties of Anne Arundel, Prince George, Howard, Montgomery, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, and Carroll.

311th Signal Command (Theater)
The 311th Signal Command (Theater) combines the strengths of active-duty Soldiers, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Army civilians to bring expertise, experience and commitment to meet the Army’s communications mission in the Pacific.

Serving as the signal command for U.S. Army Pacific, the 311th SC(T) takes the lead to ensure the Pacific LandWarNet – the entire signal architecture for the U.S Army Pacific AOR – can be extended to support the deployment and integration of modular, expeditionary Army units called to execute contingency operations within its area of responsibility.

Headquartered at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, the 311th and its subordinate units are stationed across 14 time zones, from Japan to Alaska to Fort Meade. The 311th Signal Command originated in 1944 as the 3112nd Signal Service Battalion at Fort Monmouth, N.J. It was reorganized multiple times until it became the 311th Signal Group in 1952 as part of the Organized Reserve Corps. In 1996, the 311th Signal Command came to Fort Meade, and 10 years later was reorganized to become the 311th Signal Command (Theater) and relocated to Fort Shafter.

704th Military Intelligence Brigade
The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade conducts signals intelligence, geospatial intelligence, computer network and information assurance operations in order to support Army, joint, combined, and national decision makers to shape future Army intelligence capabilities.

With the motto of ‘‘Here and Everywhere,” the 704th MI Brigade provides cutting-edge signals intelligence, computer network operations, and geospatial intelligence in a merged digital environment. The brigade also supplies direct support to tactical forces, enabling Army units by delivering world-class training, dynamically updated doctrine, materiel innovation, and tailored intelligence production.

As subject matter experts, the 704th retains a strategic partnership with the National Security Agency, along with other intelligence organizations, to inform operational and strategic decision makers in order to shape intelligence transformation.

The 704th is comprised of three subsidiary MI battalions found on Fort Meade and Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., with auxiliary elements assigned in support of Army and joint commands which include U.S. Central Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Army Special Operations Command and Army Forces Command.

The 741st MI Battalion, stationed at Fort Meade, conducts information superiority operations within the National Security Agency and Central Security Service.

The battalion also furnishes linguist support to the NSA, the intelligence community and other U.S. government agencies in addition to operating the Joint Training Center on behalf of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Air Intelligence Agency and Naval Security Group Command.

The 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, also on Fort Meade, conducts continuous signals intelligence and computer network operations and directly supports information assurance operations through the NSA to satisfy national, joint, combined, and Army information superiority requirements. Additionally, the 742nd conducts contributory analysis and reporting through the Army Technical Control and Analysis Element, carrying out information operations and supporting the Trojan satellite communications system.

The 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., supports all strategic and national level operations with a high rate of success by providing technically qualified Soldiers in support of tactical commanders. Using strategic intelligence prowess to enhance the effectiveness of combat units, the 743rd deployed 28 Soldiers in 2007 in support of operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

As a team of well trained professionals, the 704th continues to set the example for all military intelligence brigades by exceeding the standards in mission requirements and molding the intelligence of the future.

902nd Military Intelligence Group
(301) 677-6991
The mission of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group is to conduct full spectrum counterintelligence activities in support of Army commanders and joint warfighters to protect Army forces, secrets and technologies by detecting, identifying, neutralizing and exploiting foreign intelligence services and international terrorist threats.

The 902nd MI Group provides direct and general counterintelligence support to Army activities and major commands. It also provides general support to other military department counterintelligence and intelligence elements, unified commands, defense agencies and national agency counterintelligence and security activities.

The group began as the 902nd Counterintelligence Corps Detachment on Oct. 14, 1944, and activated on Nov. 23, 1944 in Hollandia, New Guinea. The 902nd relocated to Fort Meade on July 1, 1974.

The 902nd MI Group has company headquarter detachments and resident or field offices in more than 50 locations around the world.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
(410) 962-2809
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers applies a combination of core competencies that distinguishes it as a unique public service engineering organization. Through strong partnerships with military, federal, state and local agencies, the Baltimore District team provides support to 23 military installations and other Department of Defense agencies throughout the mid-Atlantic region and supports the Global War on Terrorism.

Headquartered adjacent to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Baltimore District’s team of more than 1,000 employees manages a large and diverse workload. Through the execution of military, civil works and interagency and international support programs, Baltimore District provides planning, design, engineering, construction, environmental and real estate expertise to a variety of important projects and customers in five states, the District of Columbia, overseas, and the Susquehanna, Potomac and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Within the North Atlantic region, the Baltimore District supports large-scale renovation programs such as the construction of state-of-the-art Army medical and technological research facilities; the design and cleanup of formerly used defense sites and civilian sites; protects and regulates wetlands and waters of the United States; and performs the unique mission of producing drinking water to the District of Columbia, Arlington County and Falls Church, Va.

With endeavors such as the Poplar Island environmental restoration project, Baltimore District remains an active partner in the efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

The Baltimore District team dredges approximately 4.5 million cubic yards of sand and silt from the Chesapeake Bay’s approach channels every year, clearing the way for waterborne commerce; builds and maintains multi-million-dollar flood damage reduction projects in flood-prone areas throughout the region; stabilizes stream banks, creates wetlands, makes improvements to fish passages and restores lost habitats; and responds to emergencies and natural disasters, such as floods and hurricanes, and other emergencies in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state entities.

Army Public Affairs Center
8607 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment Road
(301) 677-7272
www.army.mil⁄institution⁄armypublicaffairs
Army Public Affairs fulfills the Army’s obligation to keep the American people and the Army informed, and helps to establish the conditions that lead to confidence in America’s Army and its readiness to conduct operations in peacetime, conflict and war.

Asymmetric Warfare Group
(888) 564-1294
www.awg.army.mil
The Asymmetric Warfare Group provides operational advisory assistance to Army and joint force commanders to influence Army culture, defeat asymmetric threats, and enhance the effectiveness of the operating force while building and sustaining unit readiness.

One of the Army’s newest units, the AWG unfurled its colors on Fort Meade in March 2006. It is comprised of active duty Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and contractor personnel. The members of this unique organization possess extensive operational and combat experience, excellent communication skills, expertise in small-team operations and the ability to develop innovative solutions for complex problems.

The cornerstone of the AWG is its unit members, consisting of seasoned warfighters and functional experts. The AWG is a center of excellence for innovative thinking and the ability to develop new tactics, systems, and countermeasures to mitigate and defeat asymmetric threats around the globe. Simply put, the AWG is the nation’s expert in asymmetric warfare.

AWG enhances the capabilities of U.S. units by making them faster and more adept at identifying and attacking enemy vulnerabilities, and by preparing them for a broader spectrum of threats. The unit supports Army and joint force commanders by advising and assisting in-theater forces and pre-deployment forces’ training.

AWG forces are deployed worldwide to observe, assess, and disseminate information and lessons learned with regard to asymmetric threats while assisting in the identification, development, integration and transition of both offensive and defensive countermeasures.

Army Audit Agency
Fort Meade Field Office
(301) 677-7741
The U.S. Army Audit Agency serves America’s Army by providing objective and independent auditing services. Established in 1946, the agency helps the Army make informed decisions, resolve issues, use resources effectively and efficiently and satisfy statutory and fiduciary responsibilities.

The Auditor General of the Army leads the agency and receives support from the Principal Deputy Auditor General and three Deputy Auditor Generals, each of whom is in charge of specific aspects of agency operations. This includes Acquisition and Logistics Audits, Forces and Financial Audits, and Policy and Operations Management. The Fort Meade Field Office was established in 1998.

Central Clearance Facility
4552 A Pike Road
(301) 677-6712
The U.S. Army Central Clearance Facility was established in October 1977 as the sole Army agency authorized to grant, revoke or deny personnel security clearances for the Army – including active component, Army Reserve, Army National Guard, and Department of the Army civilian employees. CCF is a subordinate command of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command.

CCF determines sensitive compartmented information eligibility for all Army personnel as well as Department of Army affiliated contractor personnel. The CCF staff renders approximately 200,000 final security clearance determinations each year.

Criminal Investigation Division
855 Chisholm Avenue
(301) 677-1682
As the Army’s primary criminal investigative organization and the Department of Defense’s premier investigative organization, the Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for the conduct of criminal investigations in which the Army is, or may be, a party of interest.

CID supports the Army through the deployment of highly trained Soldier and government service special agents and support personnel, the operation of a certified forensic laboratory, a protective services unit, computer crimes specialists, polygraph services, criminal intelligence collection and analysis and a variety of other services normally associated with law enforcement activities.

The CID mission is the same for the installation and battlefield environments; however, additional requirements are often assumed during battlefield support.

Primary missions of the CID include: investigating serious crime; conducting sensitive investigations; collecting, analyzing and disseminating criminal intelligence; conducting protective service operations; providing forensic laboratory support; and maintaining Army criminal records.

Additional CID missions include logistical security, from the manufacturer to the Soldier on the battlefield; criminal intelligence (developing countermeasures to combat subversive activities on the battlefield); criminal investigations (expanded to include war crimes and in some cases crimes against coalition forces and host nation personnel); and protective service operations (protects key personnel on and off the battlefield).

Defense Information School
(301) 677-2528 or 4257
www.dinfos.osd.mil
Recognized as ‘‘a national asset for organizational communication success,” the Defense Information School (DINFOS) is a joint service institution established to train military and civilian Department of Defense personnel in the Public Affairs and Visual Information career fields.

DINFOS was formed at Fort Meade in 1994 as a consolidation of military schools from Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind.; Naval Station Pensacola, Fla.; and Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. Disciplines include photography, videography, lithography, broadcasting, graphic arts, print journalism and public affairs. More than 3,500 resident students cycle through the school annually, trained by a 300-member faculty and staff comprised of military, Department of Defense civilians and contracted instructors representing all five armed services, including Guard and Reserve components.

DINFOS is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, and the American Council on Education has recommended college credit for the majority of classes taught.

The school’s mission statement reflects its commitment to ‘‘grow and sustain a corps of professional organizational communicators who fulfill the communication needs of the military and government leaders and audiences.” DINFOS graduates are posted worldwide, including recent and sustained support of the Global War on Terror.

DINFOS’ goals include delivering total professional development support to organizational communicators throughout their careers whenever and wherever needed; sustaining DINFOS as a premier accredited military⁄government training center and optimum career assignment for faculty and staff; and being the DoD and interagency center of excellence for organizational communication.

In addition to entry-level training for both enlisted and commissioned service members, the school conducts a number of senior-level seminars and workshops and annually hosts the prestigious Thomas Jefferson and Military Visual Information Awards programs, whose keynote speakers have included Dan Rather, Clarence Page, and Sam Donaldson.

Defense Information Systems Agency
The Defense Information Systems Agency provides real-time information technology and communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, the military services, and the combatant commands. DISA’s goal is to ensure that our nation’s warfighters can plug into the network and access and share information that they need – anytime, anywhere. This combat support agency is dedicated to delivering the power of information as quickly as possible. DISA is scheduled to relocate to Fort Meade in 2011 as a part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure program.

Defense Courier Service
Chisholm Avenue
(301) 677-3786
The Defense Courier Service provides worldwide movement of highly classified, extremely sensitive national security material requiring courier escort. The 6,000-plus DCS customers are served by more than 200 military and civilian personnel and a global network of courier stations. Major DCS customers include the White House, Defense and State Departments, federal agencies, government contractors and U.S. allies.

The headquarters, located on Fort Meade, provides command and control for 20 assigned and provisional stations located in 12 states and 10 foreign nations. The DCS Station Baltimore, located off Rock Avenue, is the largest station in the DCS system and provides connectivity with Washington area customers, the greatest concentration of DCS accounts. The DCS Baltimore serves a customer base located in Delaware, southern Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Baltimore station also provides a pipeline to customers in Canada, Europe and Southwest Asia. Every day, 365 days a year, the DCS lives up to its motto: ‘‘To be the Nation’s Premier Courier Service.”

Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Science Center
701 Mapes Road
(410) 305-2631
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Science Center (ESC) opened on Fort Meade in April 1999. The building incorporates many environmental and green building features as part of the EPA’s overall commitment to protect human health and the environment.

The facility was located on Fort Meade as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) effort of the mid-1990s, in which several leased EPA facilities were consolidated into one government-owned site. The ESC is unique to the EPA as it represents a partnership between the Region III Regional Office and the EPA Headquarters’ program Office of Pesticide Programs.

The facility provides office and laboratory space for 150 people. Approximately two-thirds of the 70 laboratories at the facility support Region III personnel including the Office of Analytical Services and Quality Assurance and the Field Inspection Program. The remaining laboratories support the Office of Pesticides Programs including the Analytical Chemistry Branch, Microbiological Branch and Microarray Research Laboratory. In addition, the facility houses an office of the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division.

At the ESC, EPA scientists conduct tests on soil, air and water samples to determine the presence of pollutants and other contaminants. EPA program scientists test methodology for pesticide-registrations and conduct method development studies for pesticide residue analysis.

The EPA National Pesticides Standard Repository is also located at the ESC. EPA microbiologists test drinking water to ensure its safety. Hospital disinfectants are tested to ensure the validity of their claims, and chemists carry out projects to provide information about pesticide residues in food. ESC staff also inspects and investigates manufacturing facilities, hazardous waste sites and public and private labs.

First Army Division East
(301) 833-8457
www.first.army.mil⁄1aeast
The motto, ‘‘Train like you’re gonna fight,” is more than a cliché; it is a succinct summary of the First Army Division East’s philosophy for training Soldiers to enter combat.

As a subordinate element of First Army, headquartered at Fort Gillem, Ga., the focus of First Army Division East is to improve readiness of mobilizing and deploying forces; to mobilize, train and deploy Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Navy, Marines and Air Force units; and to validate the training of mobilized units and individuals in support of the Global War on Terror.

First Army Division East is committed to providing and conducting training readiness oversight and mobilization in accordance with the Army Force Generation Model in order to provide trained and ready forces to regional combatant commanders.

Today’s contemporary operating environment is extremely complex. Soldiers must be able to see first, understand first, and act first – never relinquishing the initiative. This environment is created through tough, repetitive, realistic, hands-on, and theater specific training designed to reinforce the Army Values, the Warrior Ethos and the Soldier’s Rules. First Army Division East trains mobilized Soldiers to thrive in an environment that is similar to the actual environment they will face in theater.

Soldiers and service members train to fight on complex terrain that is compounded by even more complex dynamics such as ethnic, cultural and religious differences, as well as regional and political divisions. First Army Division East Soldiers and service members are trained and equipped to face the challenges associated with their mission. They must constantly learn, grow and adapt in ambiguous situations.

The division’s headquarter’s workforce is comprised of more than 200 personnel culled from active component, Army Reserve, National Guard, Operation Warrior Trainers, individual mobilization augmentees, and civilians. The division’s work is accomplished through 10 multi-component Training Support Brigades and 59 Training Support Battalions in 27 states. In addition, First Army Division East supports the Army National Guard with approximately 30 Senior Army Advisors to the Adjutants General.

Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory
2490 Wilson Street
(301) 677-7086⁄7085
The Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory on Fort Meade is one of six Department of Defense drug testing laboratories supporting military readiness through a scientifically rigorous drug detection and deterrence program. The FTDTL primarily supports the European theater, Army Reserves, and installations east of the Mississippi River. Significantly, the FTDTL is the only DoD military laboratory certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to test DoD civilian specimens for drugs of abuse.

Headquarters Command Battalion
Building 4215 C, Roberts Avenue (301) 677-7967⁄7966
Battalion Headquarters (301) 677-6667
Military Police Company (301) 677-7897⁄6673(301) 677-6019
Provost Marshal Office (301) 677-5083⁄6622
Headquarters Command Battalion was established in February 1971 and was a subordinate element of the Military District of Washington until September 2002. In October 2002, Headquarters Command Battalion became a sub-element of the Installation Management Agency, which became the Installation Management Command on Oct. 25, 2006.

The unique and diverse missions of Headquarters Command Battalion make it one of the most premier and multi-faceted battalions in the Army. The battalion ensures Soldier readiness and provides quality support services, law enforcement, military working dog teams, force protection, and base support operations to more than 12,000 service members, 35,000 civilians, and 60,000 family members and retirees of the Fort Meade community.

Headquarters Company,Marine CryptologicSupport Battalion
The Marines of Headquarters Company, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion consist of the battalion staff and the Marine Liaison Office of the National Security Agency. Its mission is to provide trained, deployable Marines for the conduct of intelligence and information assurance activities in support of operational deployments as required.

Tasks include: providing Marines for intelligence operations as directed; conducting military, technical, and unit sustainment training to ensure personnel maintain proficiency in their respective military occupational specialties, battle skills and essential subjects; and maintaining personnel readiness to augment the Radio Battalions or perform other operational deployments as required.

Joint Regional Medical Plans& Operations Branch, Northeast
(301) 677-4662
Joint Regional Medical Plans & Operations Branch, Northeastis a part of the U.S. Northern Command’s Surgeon General’s Directorate, located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

The JRMPO-NE office integrates joint-medical services in support of Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense missions within assigned regions. The regions include Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions I, II, III, V and the National Capital Region.

In support of the president’s National Response Plan, JRMPO deploys as a Northern Command Surgeon General representative to the defense coordinating officer and defense coordinating element, or to the lead federal agency for health and medical.

Library of Congress Book Storage Facility
100 Meigs Road
(202) 707-7177 or (202) 707-9909
The Library of Congress Book Storage Facility was dedicated on Nov. 18, 2002. The facility is the first of 13 storage modules planned for high-density storage of Library of Congress collections. The two modules already occupied have a combined storage capacity of approximately 4 million items and will support the Library’s mission to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

The Fort Meade storage facility is designed to house paper-based materials such as books and bound periodicals, which are stored in specially designed boxes at 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 30-percent relative humidity on 30-foot-high industrial shelving. The facility accommodates approximately 1.2 million items. Future modules constructed on the site will accommodate other kinds of library materials, including those that require cold vault storage for preservation.

Materials housed at the facility can be requested from the main Library of Congress campus on Capitol Hill. Deliveries are made twice daily.

Military Entrance Processing Station, Baltimore
850 Chisholm Avenue
(301) 677-0422 fax (301)677-0440
www.mepcom.army.mil⁄meps⁄balt⁄
The mission of U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command and the Baltimore MEPS is to process individuals for enlistment or induction into the armed services based on Department of Defense approved peacetime and mobilization standards.

Three primary areas are considered when determining an applicant’s qualifications for enlistment: aptitude for military service, physical qualification and background evaluation screening.

The Baltimore MEPS has enlistment responsibility for 23 counties in Maryland, two counties in Delaware, 10 counties in Virginia, three counties in West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Baltimore MEPS is one of a network of 65 MEPS located nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Aside from the MEPS located in Baltimore, 10 mobile examining test sites in the Baltimore MEPS area offer aptitude testing to applicants near their homes, which eliminates unnecessary applicant travel.

The MEPS was originally established in 1965 at Fort Holabird, Md. When Fort Holabird closed in 1973, the station relocated to Linthicum Heights near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. In March 1991, the MEPS relocated to a facility in the Dorsey Business Center in Howard County. The Baltimore MEPS moved to its present location on Fort Meade in Sept. 2003.

National Cryptologic Museum
Md. Rte 32 and Md. Rte 295
(301) 688-5848⁄5849 fax (301) 688-5847
E-mail: museum@nsa.gov
The exhibits at the National Cryptologic Museum pertain to the history and impact of cryptology (the science of making and breaking codes and ciphers) on world events. Exhibits range from 500-year-old books to the modern super computer. Topic examples at the museum include the Enigma Cipher Machine, the American Civil War, Vietnam, world wars I and II, aerial reconnaissance, the Korean War and informationassurance.

The museum is owned and operated by National Security Agency and is open to the public. Admittance is free. Both guided and self-guided tours are available.

National Security Agency and Central Security Service
(301) 688-6524
www.nsa.gov
The National Security Agency was created in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman. Department of Defense Directive 5100.20, dated Dec. 23, 1971, authorized and prescribed the authorities, functions, and responsibilities of the NSA.

The Central Security Service was officially established by the NSA in 1972 to promote full partnership between the NSA and the cryptologic elements of the military forces. Combining NSA and CSS provided a more unified DoD cryptologic effort. The CSS comprises all U.S. military services. To further ensure joint operations, the director of the NSA is also the chief of the CSS.

NSA⁄CSS conducts its own recruiting and employment programs, hiring promising college graduates and seasoned professionals from all sections of the country to augment its growing staff.

NSA⁄CSS has developed special educational programs, in conjunction with local high schools, to help prepare local students for employment with the agency. The NSA⁄CSS also works with U.S. employment offices and civic groups to promote career opportunities to diverse and disabled job seekers.

Graduates coming from high schools and college campuses may move into one of three broadly defined professional occupational areas. Some specialize in cryptology (making and testing U.S. codes and ciphers), others become specialists in the data processing fields, and the remainder (especially mathematicians, scientists and engineers) will work in research and development.

The NSA⁄CSS has always placed great emphasis on the training and development of its people. The establishment of the National Cryptologic School as a separate professional structure is a true symbol of this concern and represents further enhancement of the agency’s already extensive training activities.

Additionally, the agency has a number of undergraduate and graduate educational programs established with Johns Hopkins University, American University, George Washington University, University of Maryland and Catholic University as well as its own special courses. A number of NSA professional personnel also teach part-time at these local universities.

The NSA⁄CSS staff is marked by a diversity of interests, activities, and accomplishments outside of their professional careers, including writers, artists, accomplished musicians, champion bridge and chess players, and athletes from all sports. In addition, many employees are active in civic, religious and fraternal organizations. The agency’s record in fund drives, local blood donor programs and other community actions has been outstanding.

Navy Information Operations Command, Maryland
301-677-0860
www.niocmd.navy.mil
The history of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland (formerly known as Naval Security Group Activity, Fort Meade) includes several timely realignments that have positioned the command to maximize its potential, delivering quality intelligence and operational support to both the warfighter and decision maker.

The last realignment occurred Sept. 30, 2005, when the Naval Security Group merged with the Naval Network Warfare Command and was redesignated as NIOC Maryland. At that time, it was assigned parent command responsibilities for Navy Information Operations Detachment Alice Springs, Australia.

Established by the Secretary of the Navy on July 17, 1957, the command has become the largest NIOC, with a complement of more than 1,400 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel who perform their duties within one of the various elements of the National Security Agency⁄Central Security Service.

With technological advances and the Navy’s changing environment, the command has undergone many changes, but has always delivered a strong, capable operational force. There is also a highly trained staff to assist personnel in human resources, education, training, career enhancement, medical, family assistance, emergency relief and recreational activities.

NIOC Maryland also provides Casualty Assistance Calls and Funeral Honors Support for six counties within the State of Maryland. The command has enjoyed Five-Star status for its Bachelor Quarters, earned the Foreign Language Excellence Award, and was selected as Chamber of Commerce Military Unit of the Year.

Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy Detachment
8541 Zimborski Avenue
(301) 677-3069⁄2421
The Signal Corps Regimental Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy Detachment provides resident Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course training at Fort Meade. The training is designed for NCOs in ranks sergeant (promotable), staff sergeant and sergeant first class in the Career Management Fields 25 and 46 under the NCO Education System.

The Signal Corps Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy teaches Stand Alone Common Core (SACC) BNCOC which focuses on the basics of leadership and counseling required in the rank of staff sergeant. This course is open to all Soldiers on Fort Meade and the Military District of Washington. It also teaches the technical phase of BNCOC, which encompasses the leadership tools needed for Combat Documentation and Production Specialists (25V), Multimedia Illustrators (25M), Visual Information Equipment Operators and Maintainers (25R), and Public Affairs Supervisors BNCOC (46R and 46Q).

The Signal Corps Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy also teaches the Visual Information Operations Chief ANCOC (25Z) as well as the Advanced Public Affairs Supervisor ANCOC (46Z).

The Signal Corps Regimental NCO Academy challenges selected NCOs to improve their teamwork, intellectual depth, communications skills, analytical abilities and decision-making capabilities. The Academy produces highly motivated leaders who are technically and tactically proficient, physically fit and ultimately able to fight, survive and win on tomorrow’s battlefield.

The SCR NCO Academy Detachment is a subordinate element of the Signal Corps Regimental NCO Academy atFort Gordon, Ga.

U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion andPreventive Medicine, North
4411 Llewellyn Avenue
(301) 677-6502
The U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, North is one of five regional commands organized under Headquarters, USACHPPM, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Other regional commands are located on Fort McPherson, Ga.; (soon to be relocated to Fort Sam Houston, Tx.); Fort Lewis, Wash.; Landstuhl, Germany; and Camp Zama, Japan.

The mission of USACHPPM-North is to provide regionally-focused direct preventive medicine support beyond regional medical command capabilities to America’s Army and other government agencies in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

USACHPPM-North provides on-site and telephone services in the areas of portable water and wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, regulated medical waste, pest management, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health, child care center and playground health and safety evaluations, ergonomic evaluation, environmental compliance assessments, risk communication, and field preventive medicine training. Additionally, the command supports contingency operations and natural disasters worldwide.

U.S. Army Claims Service
Llewellyn Avenue, building 4411
(301) 677-7009
The United States Army Claims Service supervises the payment of claims throughout the world. It oversees the payment of more than $70 million to Soldiers, family members, and civilians. It is also responsible for recovering more than $19 million in medical care recovery and property affirmative claims on behalf of the United States.

USARCS was created as an independent agency in 1963 and has been on Fort Meade since July 1971. It has been at its current location since 1978.

USARCS has a staff of about 85 attorneys, investigators, and other claims professionals including civil service employees, active-duty military personnel, and temporary employees. The staff is augmented by a number of Army Reservists, who spend their two-week annual tours of duty with USARCS.

One of USARCS’ most important missions is to settle tort damage claims made against the Army. For example, if an Army driver is at fault in an accident with a civilian car, USARCS employees try to settle the claim for damage to the car and⁄or injury to the civilian driver. If they can settle the claim through negotiation, it saves the Army, the claimant – and the taxpayers – the time and expense of a lawsuit and trial. Settling such damage claims is the job of the Tort Claims Division, which supervises the settlement of more than $30 million in tort claims each year. The Tort Claims Division also settles tort claims asserted on behalf of the Army to recover for property damage as well as the cost of medical care and lost pay provided to Soldiers injured by the negligence of third parties.

Another critical mission of the USARCS is to settle claims from military personnel for loss or damage to their property that is incident to their service. This is the job of the Personnel Claims and Recovery Division. In recent years, the Recover Branch of the PCR division has recovered about two-thirds of the $15 million recovered by the Army from household goods moving and storage claims. The division’s Personnel Claims Branch sets the policy for and oversees the operations of 80 installation claims offices throughout the world that pay about $26 million annually in personnel claims.

U.S. Army Field Band
4214 Field Band Drive,Devers Hall
(301) 677-6231
E-mail: field.band@us.army.mil
The United States Army Field Band is the official musical representative of the Secretary of the Army. Its community relations mission is to thank the American public for its continuing support and to keep that support behind our troops by performing free concerts on tours across the country and around the world. The organization is under the operational control of the Army’s Chief of Public Affairs.

The U.S. Army Field Band is comprised of 135 Soldier-musicians organized into support and operations elements, and four separate musical components: the Concert Band, a 65-piece instrumental ensemble; the Soldiers’ Chorus, a 29-member mixed vocal group; the Jazz Ambassadors, a 19-member jazz orchestra; and the Volunteers, a 6-member band performing rock, country, pop, and patriotic tunes.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command
• 1st Recruiting Brigade
(301) 677-2377
The 1st Recruiting Brigade, the ‘‘Victory Brigade,” recruits young men and women for the Army, Army Reserves, Officer Candidate School, Army Chaplain Corps, Army Medical Department, Warrant Officer Flight Training and military bands throughout the Army.

Prior to October 1964, the United States Army Northeast Region Recruiting Command was an activity under the jurisdiction of the commanding general, First United States Army. On Oct. 1, 1983, the region was designated as the United States Army 1st Recruiting Brigade. It is a subordinate element of the United States Army Recruiting Command headquartered at Fort Knox, Ky.

The 1st Recruiting Brigade, with headquarters on Fort Meade, has an Army recruiting mission within 13 northeastern states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, D.C., and parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. The 1st Recruiting Brigade’s geographical area spans more than 255,000 square miles within the continental United States.

The brigade consists of more than 2,600 military and civilian personnel who run nine recruiting battalions, 53 recruiting companies, one Army Medical Department health care recruiting battalion, five Army recruiting health care companies, one European recruiting detachment, and 383 recruiting stations.

• U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Baltimore
4550 Llewellyn Avenue, Pershing Hall
(301) 677-7001
Web site: www.usarec.army.mil⁄1stbde⁄1bbn⁄
The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Baltimore is responsible for Army recruiting activities in Maryland, the District of Columbia, northern and central Virginia and three counties in West Virginia. The Baltimore battalion has one of the largest missions in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and its Soldiers are proudly referred to as the ‘‘Capitol Conquerors.”

To perform this combined mission, a staff of 45 military and civilian personnel works in the battalion headquarters on Fort Meade. In addition, more than 360 field recruiters are located at the 51 recruiting stations throughout the seven companies of the recruiting battalion.

In addition to recruiting enlisted personnel for the Army and Army Reserves, the battalion’s mission includes recruiting for officer candidates and warrant officer flight candidates.

U.S. Army Reserve Center
2118 Annapolis Road
Opened in December 2006, the Fort Meade U.S. Army Reserve Center is home to several tenant units, many of which have relocated to the center over the past year from within a 50 mile radius. The $38-million complex provides the units with ample room for training, educational classes and administrative operations.

The largest tenant organizations at the Reserve Center are: the 352nd Civil Affairs Battalion, 48th Combat Support Hospital, 323rd Military Intelligence Group and 400th Military Police. Other units include:
• 818th Maintenance Company
• 1⁄80th Division
• 3⁄318th Military Police OSUT
• 3⁄312th TS Battalion
• 72nd FA Brigade
• 444th Personnel Support Battalion, Detachment 2
• 99th Regional Readiness Command Engineers
• Facility Engineer Center - Northeast
• 356th POB
• 468th TC Detachment
• Headquarters and Headquarters Company,72nd FA Brigade

The center was built to facilitate and centralize Reserve training in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, and operations at the new center are run by a full-time staff of approximately 150 civilian and military personnel.

U.S. Army Signal School Detachment Student Company
The U.S. Army Signal School Detachment, Student Company is the home to all Soldiers (National Guard, Reserves and Regular Army) and Department of the Army civilians attending courses at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade.

Because DINFOS is a Department of Defense asset, it is Student Company’s task to ensure that Army standards are met during training. Student Company administers all Army Physical Fitness tests, conducts random Alcohol and Drug dependency testing, performs Warrior Task and Battle Drill Testing and responds to students’ administrative needs.

The company maintains one barracks in building 8609, which is designated for Initial Entry Training Soldiers. These are Soldiers who have recently completed Basic Combat Training and are here to earn their first Military Occupation Specialty. Soldiers are considered Non-IET if they have been awarded an Army MOS under a previous enlistment or are prior service from one of the other U.S. Military Services. Non-IET students reside in the Freedom Center.

The company’s student load is around 250 Soldiers at any given time. The company has only a handful of Drill Sergeants, so it depends greatly upon student leadership.

U.S. Army Test Measurement andDiagnostic Equipment Support Center (TMDE)
(301) 677-9740
The U.S. Army Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Center is a secondary transfer laboratory that provides test, measurement and diagnostic equipment calibration and repair support to the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, and other government agencies.

TSC-Central Maryland maintains an unbroken chain of measurement traceability from national standards, maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, through the U.S. Army Primary Standards Laboratory and from this laboratory to the weapons systems in the field. This traceable calibration system provides commanders at all levels with the confidence that measurements are valid in the development, testing, maintenance and operation process. Systems perform as designed and are compatible with other systems on the battlefield.