Happy holidays and looking forward to 2018

Commander's Column

Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard

On behalf of my senior commander, Maj. Gen. Michael Howard, I wish everyone on Team Meade a joyful and peaceful holiday season.

We celebrated Fort Meade’s 100th anniversary throughout 2017 and are grateful for the efforts of partner organizations, our Community Covenant Council, garrison staff and especially our volunteers.

Thank you all for sharing our pride in Fort George G. Meade as we look forward to another century of innovation and excellence!

In 2018, we anticipate that U.S. CYBERCOM will become our nation’s 10th combatant command and we are developing the necessary infrastructure (roads, access gates, buildings) to support the intensive, cyber-related growth on post.

The Rockenbach Road gate construction should conclude in late 2018 and the Mapes Road/Route 175 gate construction should be completed in early 2019.

Our Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation offices will move into Pershing Hall, Building 4550, in the summer of 2018. DFMWR will be joined by the Directorate of Human Resources (including the ID Card Section), currently in Building 2234, by the fall of 2018.

These moves will serve the community more efficiently as we become the second most populous post in the Army.

We’ll host another Facebook town hall on Jan. 17 from 4-6 p.m. to share information and help resolve problems.

Below are a few thoughts to guide potential questions:

  • The traffic lights on post are monitored and set for safety reasons.

Previous timing settings on some lights are no longer valid due to patterns from temporary construction. Traffic lights off post can be adjusted through careful coordination with the state of Maryland.

  • The state of Maryland should finish construction on Route 175 and the affected intersections in early 2019.

It is a long process due to high traffic and underground utility cables.

  • The state of Maryland has environmental requirements generating multiple storm water remediation projects, including the parking lots on Broadfoot Road.

Contact information

Corvias work orders: 1-866-882-8418

Potholes: 301-677-9665

Government building work orders: 301-677-1661/1662 (301-310-4446 after hours)

Non-emergency police/fire desk: 301-677-6622

Gate access: http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/faqs/des/des.html

  • Any weather impact on the post’s operating hours will be disseminated broadly via Facebook, Twitter, the Fort George G. Meade app, and postwide email.

Decisions to adjust hours of operation are based on many inputs: Maryland state road condition reports, Office of Personnel Management operating status, Military District of Washington operating status, mission requirements of certain units, county school decisions and other public safety concerns.

  • Senior noncommissioned officers from multiple units requested a protected running route from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on a post with 55,000 persons from 118 inter-agency and joint organizations.

Our solution was to close a section of Chisholm and Chamberlin avenues, south of Llewellyn Avenue.

The bugle call we now hear at 7:30 a.m. is a mess call to signal the end of the protected period. Usage of this route will be a key factor to continue or cancel this solution.

Please respect the road guards. They are service members performing assigned duties.

We look forward to questions, observations and solutions from our community at the next town hall.

We have much to be grateful for at Fort Meade and together we make this installation a wonderful place to work, live, learn and play.

As we look forward to the holidays, remember our American service members who gave their last full measure and our countrymen devastated this year by hurricanes and wildfires.

Let us always honor the fallen and be willing to help those in need.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the U.S. Army garrison of Team Meade!

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