The following is a compilation of stories and photos that made news on Fort Meade in 2017.
Some of the top stories included the centennial anniversary gala; a new commander in chief; a new secretary of the Army; a new DES director; a new senior installation chaplain; the merger of two credit unions; construction of a school athletic stadium; and the groundbreaking of a new cyber facility.
Other highlights: the first Community Policing Symposium, a designated PT area, reconfiguration of CYS school-age programs, recognition of Fort Meade’s “Old Soldier,” a new app and a concert fronted by a movie star.
Fort Meade also said goodbye to two highly respected garrison leaders: a command sergeant major and FMWR’s longtime director.
On to 2018!
The Top Stories of 2017
- Beginning in January, Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Brian S. Cullen begins his tenure at Fort Meade as its new senior enlisted adviser, succeeding Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodwell L. Forbes.
- Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard leads garrison leaders in his first Facebook town hall meeting on Jan. 12, addressing construction, speeding, potholes and child care waitlists.
- The Directorate of Emergency Services announces in January that operations at the Demps Visitor Control Center will temporarily move to Mapes Road and Route 175 in late 2018 during reconstruction of the Reece Road access gate.
- The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as “The Old Guard,” is among the estimated 5,000 service members participating in the inaugural ceremonies on Jan. 20 as Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the country’s 45th president and commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- The U.S. Army Field Band marches in the 58th Presidential Inauguration Parade on Jan. 20, leading the Army element and marching directly behind the Army color guard along the 1.5-mile parade route.
- Mental health advocate Maureen Elias is named Fort Meade Base Spouse of the Year in early February.
- Meade High Principal John L. Yore is honored at the Third Annual National School Counseling Week and Recognition Gala on Feb. 3 after he is named Principal of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association.
- Dr. Toya Corbett, dean of students at North Carolina Central University, is the guest speaker at the garrison’s Black History Month observance on Feb. 23.
- Corvias conducts a town hall Feb. 28 to explain the Live Army Green program for energy conservation.
- Beginning March 25, retired Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, former garrison commander and a historian, presents a series of lectures at local libraries commemorating Fort Meade’s establishment in 1917.
- The Fort Meade Museum opens a special exhibit on April 5 to commemorate the centennial of World War I and Camp Meade.
- Col. Desmond A. Reid Jr. assumes command of the Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group on April 6.
- The Fort Meade Police Department hosts the first Community Policing Symposium on April 17 for law enforcement representatives to help improve partnerships.
- A memorial service on April 18 at the Main Post Chapel pays tribute to Richard Howell, former executive director of the Baltimore Federal Executive Board who died March 11.
- Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center receives the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
- Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Command, is the guest speaker at the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade’s NCO Induction Ceremony on April 21.
- The garrison recognizes 30 victim advocates with certificates of appreciation at a luncheon in their honor on April 25.
- Thirty volunteers, from ages 14 to 102, are recognized during Fort Meade’s annual Volunteer Awards Banquet on April 27.
- Staff Sgt. Humberto Gutierrez of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 780th MI Brigade, and Spc. Johnny Long, Detachment Hawaii, 782nd MI Battalion, 780th MI Brigade, finish as the best noncommissioned officer and Soldier, respectively, during the 2017 U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s North Region Best Warrior Competition held May 8-12 at Fort Meade and Gunpowder Military Reservation in Glen Arm.
- Renowned percussionist Victor Provost performs with the Meade High School Steel Drum Band in concert on May 11.
- Fourteen-year-old Wynona Jessop, a violinist and military youth, earns the title of Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Military Youth of the Year for Maryland at the statewide competition on May 16.
- About 2,000 service members from 16 military units participate in the 100th Anniversary and Resiliency Run on June 2 at McGlachlin Parade Field.
- Lt. Col. Jeffrey Knudson begins his tenure as Fort Meade’s Provost Marshal and director of the Directorate of Emergency Services on June 9.
- Former Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodwell L. Forbes Jr. retires after 27 years of service in a ceremony on June 14.
- About 400 people attend Fort Meade’s 100th Anniversary Gala on June 17 at Club Meade to commemorate its establishment as Camp Meade in 1917 and contributions to World Wars I and II and ensuing conflicts. Speakers include Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Rep. John Sarbanes.
- Members of the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion gather June 20 to dedicate a lasting roadside memorial in Odenton to Lance Cpl. James Ray Walden III, who died Feb. 24 in a motorcycle crash.
- Lt. Col. Michael R. Challgren relinquishes command of the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion to Lt Col. Mark F. Schaefer in a ceremony on June 23.
- The Fort Meade Equal Opportunity Office holds the garrison’s first LGBT Pride Month celebration on June 28.
Fort Meade launches its new app to post bulletins, emergency alerts, news updates, links to Fort Meade social media, a calendar of events, and one-touch calling to report problems on June 30 in the App-Titude Challenge during the Red, White & Blue Celebration on McGlachlin Parade Field.
- Chaplain (Col.) Terry L. Whiteside is the new senior garrison chaplain.
- Col. Timothy F. O’Brien assumes command of the Asymmetric Warfare Group from Col. Michael J. Loos on July 7.
- The Josephine B. Scheffenacker Education Trust donates 20 iPad Pros to Child and Youth Services on July 14.
- Army Col. Timothy A. Chafos assumes command of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center, U.S. Cyber Command, from Navy Capt. Michael W. Studeman during a change-of-command ceremony July 16 at U.S. Cyber Command.
- The Fort Meade Community Credit Union and the Navy Federal Credit Union jointly announce they will merge operations July 15. The Fort Meade Community Credit Union branch will become a branch of Navy Federal Credit Union.
- Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, presents retired Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Moran, 83, known as Fort Meade’s “Old Soldier,” with the Lt. Gen. Richard G. Trefry Lifetime Service Award on Aug. 15.
- At the direction of the president, the DoD initiates on Aug. 18 the process to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command.
The U.S. Army Field Band’s annual alumni concert is presented Aug. 19 at Constitution Park, featuring military marches and popular songs from the era of both world wars. Commander and conductor Col. Jim R. Keene and alumni conductors lead the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus.
- The newly formed, full-time Army National Guard cyber unit, Task Force Echo, is activated under control of Army Cyber, marking the largest mobilization of Reserve component forces for a cyber unit in support of U.S. Cyber Command.
- A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Meade High School’s combined concession stand and spectator seating area is attended by a group of local political and county school leaders, as well as the Mustangs’ new mascot, a white horse, on Aug. 31 at the school’s new athletic stadium.
- Beginning Sept. 5, Child and Youth Services changes the configuration of its school-age programs to reduce the nearly 200-person waitlist for elementary school-age services. The CYS middle school program relocates to the Teen Center.
- The 410th Hospital Center is activated in a reflagging ceremony on Sept. 16 after the 48th Combat Support Hospital was deactivated during the same ceremony.
- The Fort Meade Fire Department celebrates 100 years of service on Oct. 3 with former Fort Meade fire chiefs, firefighters and garrison leaders in a 30-minute tribute to the dedication of fire personnel.
- A memorial service is held Oct. 23 for James Allen Speraw Jr., a former director of the Fort Meade Museum who died Oct. 14. Speraw helped design the historical displays in the museum’s World War I wing.
- The Community Covenant Council honors six descendants of the farmers who owned property that became Fort Meade at the Descendants and Friends Picnic on Oct. 21 at the historic Odenton church.
Gov. Larry Hogan joins Navy Adm. Michael Rogers and Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudernaus as they break ground for the new 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron Facility on Nov. 2 at the former site of Fort Meade’s golf course. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2018.
- Anne Arundel TV screens the 30-minute documentary, “100 Years of Fort George G. Meade” on Nov. 10 at Maryland Live! Center Stage in Arundel Mills.
- On Nov. 16, the Fort Meade USO Center gives away 800 Thanksgiving turkeys donated by Walmart for Supermarket Sweeps.
- A new PT area that is closed to traffic is designated Nov. 20 on Chisholm Avenue.
- A retirement ceremony is held Dec. 13 for Martha McClary, director of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, after a 32-year career at Fort Meade.