Rep. Anthony Brown visits Fort Meade: Former Md. lieutenant governor hosted for briefings

Rep. Anthony Brown and Lt. Col. Jay Birmingham, deputy garrison commander of transformation, take a closer look at the development plans for Fort Meade on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Nicole Munchel)

By Cheryl Phillips, Chief, Community Relations

Rep. Anthony Brown, from the Maryland 4th District, visited Fort Meade on Jan. 31 to learn from Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard the top priorities for the installation.

Rep. Anthony Brown shakes the hand of Howard Cook, a Vietnam veteran who resides in Dayton, while visiting Fort Meade’s VA Outpatient Clinic during a tour of the installation.
(Photo by Nicole Munchel)

Brown received an overview from Rickard that details the installation’s work as “the nation’s platform for information, intelligence and cyber operations.”

Among the installation’s priorities is the transportation infrastructure needed to support the anticipated increase of more than 9,000 employees in the next few years. This includes the access control points at both Rockenbach Road and Route 175, and Route 32 and Mapes Road.

Rickard also highlighted the cyber education partnership the installation maintains with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and the advantage of sending military cyber professionals into Fort Meade schools to mentor and train students.

Rep. Anthony Brown, an Army Reserve colonel, tours the halls of the Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic with Chaka Blue, lead medical support assistant at the clinic. Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard follows close behind.
(Photo by Nicole Munchel)

Both the congressman and Rickard said it is important to promote high school graduates with cyber-related skills who are a ready source of labor for the regional cyber-security agencies and businesses that have hundreds of vacancies.

During his visit, Brown — a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom — also took a brief tour of the installation with Rickard that included meeting with veterans at the VA Outpatient Clinic.

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