Happy Thanksgiving to Team Meade!

Commander's Column

Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard

On behalf of Maj. Gen. Michael Howard, senior commander and commanding general of Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region/Military District of Washington, I wish everyone from Team Meade a happy Thanksgiving and peaceful holiday season.

Many American families were devastated this year by the multiple storms and wildfires that plagued Texas, Louisiana, Florida, California and Puerto Rico.

There is still much work ahead to repair the communities affected by the storms and I encourage your generosity to those families in need.

Here at Fort George G. Meade, we have much to be thankful for. Recently, I was honored to participate in our third Community Covenant dedication and signing. The Fort George G. Meade Community Covenant is a formal expression of the support to Fort Meade from elected leaders, business leaders and education leaders.

For example, the Community Covenant Council provided a playground at Burba Lake and secured funding for the road project on MD Route 175.

The Community Covenant is signed by 27 leaders including the Maryland governor, U.S. senators, congressmen, county executives, the senior civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, the commanders of the Military District of Washington and U.S. Cyber Command, and multiple delegates and state senators.

Additionally, the covenant is signed by the Fort Meade Alliance, Central Maryland Chamber, Howard County Chamber, BWI Partnership, Anne Arundel Community College president, Anne Arundel County Public Schools superintendent, Corvias Military Living director and the USO director.

This powerful council works actively to support our service members, civilians and families. We are extremely grateful for their support to Fort Meade.

We are thankful for the many centennial celebrations this year and our 100th Anniversary Gala at Club Meade led by Martha McClary, our amazing DFMWR director.

Please see the superb 100th anniversary history e-book available on our home page at www.ftmeade.army.mil.

I am personally grateful to retired Col. Ken McCreedy, former Fort Meade garrison commander, for leading the effort to publish this book and the many gifted contributors who provided narratives.

I also thank our museum staff and Public Affairs Office for compiling this extensive tome. It is an amazing compilation of Fort Meade history and photographs.

Because it is also a digital e-book, we can update the short section of recent history — 16 years of deployments primarily to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria — to respect the valor and sacrifice given during recent wars just as we respect the valor and sacrifice given during the 84 years prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

As we celebrate with friends and family this Thanksgiving, please take time to reflect on our many blessings and consider ways to help those less fortunate.

Let us remember those who are serving abroad or are unable to celebrate with their loved ones.

Let us also continue to honor our fallen comrades and respect their families.

Have a safe and peaceful holiday season as we give thanks for our nation and all of the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Team Meade!

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