Falling in line: Fort Meade heads back to school

Pfc. William Nelson of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion greets sixth-graders as they arrive at MacArthur Middle School on Tuesday, their first day of school. (Photo by Lisa R. Rhodes)

Summer officially came to an end this week for Fort Meade students attending Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Arriving on school buses and SUVs for their first day of school, students descended on the post’s seven schools, eager to meet new teachers and see old friends.

Carrying backpacks filled with notebooks and sharpened pencils, students at Meade Heights Elementary School, MacArthur Middle School and Meade High School were greeted by principals and faculty.

Even Soldiers from the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, who participate in the Partners In Education program at MacArthur Middle School as part of the 704th MI Brigade, welcomed arriving students.

“The school asked us to come and greet the students on their first day of school so they would feel familiar, safe and comfortable,” said Lt. Col. Eric Fowler, commander of the 741st MI.

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