Fort Meade Housing, Medical Care, Schools, Shopping, Pets, and more
What to Expect When You Arrive
Families of civilian employees and military personnel relocating to Fort Meade will find a post that covers 5,415 acres, with nearly 70 miles of roads and more than 1300 buildings. You’ll find privatized on-post housing, a shopping mall, bank, credit union, post office, chapels, medical and veterinary facilities, day care center, movie theater, bowling alley, fast food restaurants, a park, and just about anything else you might expect to find in a city or town, anywhere in America. Not to mention that Fort Meade is located within minutes of D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis.
Fort Meade has a rich history, dating back 90 years to 1917 when Camp Meade was authorized by Congress and the current site was selected. For additional information, be sure to visit the Fort George G. Meade Museum, when you arrive.
Anne Arundel County is proud to be the home of Fort Meade, and you will find that we are quite military-friendly. In fact, many long time Anne Arundel County residents are military retirees or veterans employed with the Federal Government or one of many Defense Contractors, such as nearby Northrop Grumman. Welcome to our neighborhood!
Vehicles – When you arrive at Fort Meade, use the gate on Reece Rd, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is the only visitor access gate; the gates on Mapes and Rockenbach require DoD identification. Active duty military and their family members, retired military and their family members, National Guard & Reserve. civilian employees (CPO/NAF), and retired civilian employees and family members are eligible for DoD vehicle registration decals.
Identification – You can get an ID Card or register for DEERS at the Personnel Processing Branch, 2234 Huber Road. You should call (301) 677-3342 for current wait time to ensure service. The hours of operation are 0730-1530, Monday thru Friday, except the first Thursday of the month when they are closed from 0730 to 1215.
Fort Meade On-Post Housing: Corvias Military Living is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations for on-post housing, including Heritage Park, Midway Common, Meuse Forest, Normandy Bluff, Patriot Ridge, Potomac Place, and Reece Crossings (available in Spring 2014). Contact Corvias directly for information about eligibility, availability, and pricing for on-post housing.
Bachelor Housing: There are 32 bachelor housing units for officers, 30 for senior enlisted personnel, and eight Centralized Barracks consisting of 576 barracks spaces.
Abrams Hall, at 2793 Hawkins Dr, Ft. Meade, MD, Includes 54 units in family quarters, 191 rooms in bachelor transient quarters, 7 units in units in distinguished visitors’ quarters. Reservations are accepted and confirmed 90 days in advance of arrival for TDY and PCS personnel, and seven days in advance for visitors (if space is available).
Fort Meade area off-base housing – Explore nearby communities in Anne Arundel County without ever leaving this website, and contact me using the form at the bottom of this page for personalized assistance from a military-friendly real estate agent. Enter “Military Relocation” in the subject line and provide your contact information in the section section of the form.
Click on Fort Meade Commuting Guide for a map and list of neighborhoods and communities within a half hour of Fort Meade.
Click on Military for information about Military Relocation to Maryland and my Military Thank you Program for active duty, reserve, retired personnel, survivors, and veterans.
Maryland schools ranked #1 in the nation for five consecutive years, so chances are your children will be entering a better school system than the one they left. Anne Arundel County public schools and parochial schools are nearby, and on-post day care is available.
HEALTH CARE OPTIONS:
- Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade, MD
- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda
- Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews, AFB, MD
- DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA
A TriCare Prime health care option chosen by thousands of local active-duty family members, retirees and their family members, and survivors in this area. A Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP) facility is located in Odenton, just 5 minutes from Fort Meade, and several others are within a half hour – possibly in the neighborhood you choose to live. This convenience and the convenience of prescriptions at any Rite-Aid pharmacy are two of the many reasons military families choose this health care option. Not to mention access to specialized health care at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, the #1 hospital in the nation for 21 years.
Attend a USFHP Briefing to learn about the comprehensive health care benefits, including internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, ophthalmology and optometry, OB/GYN, radiology, and more. (Click here to check when and where they are scheduled)
Family Pet Care Center, located at 5 Range Road, offers boarding, day dare, grooming, training, and pet supplies.
Veterinary Pet Care Center, located at 4550 Parade Field Lane, provides routine pet care for privately owned pets, by appointment.
Relocating with Pets (including a list of Anne Arundel County dog parks and veterinarians)
Burba Park – Amenities include five picnic pavilions, volleyball courts, softball fields, horseshoe pit, a cottage, a lake surrounded by a blacktop walking path and three fishing piers, and a playground with swings and other equipment.
Arts & Crafts Center – Ceramic Shop, Wood Shop and Frame Shop, offering classes in scrapbooking, framing, drawing, painting, ceramics, and other crafts.
Gaffney Fitness Center – Cardio room, training equipment, saunas, sun deck, indoor pool, racquetball courts.
The Lanes – 36 lanes of bowling, a full service Pro Shop (#1 in the Army), and the Pin Deck Cafe.
Camp Meade RV Park –There are fifty camp sites, including three specifically designed for handicap access, and four camper cabins which each sleep six. Rates range from $25-$35 daily for Active/National Guard/Reservists/Retired/DoD civilians, and Environmental Protection Agency employees only. The Fort Meade RV Storage Lot, located at 2724 Ernie Pyle Road, is open on a space available basis to Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, and DoD Civilian personnel and their family members.
Commissary – The main commissary is located in the Shopping Center Complex. The Fort Meade Commissary opened in June 1986. Special features are the In-store Service Bakery, Deli Department and Value Mart.
Exchange Services – A large shopping center complex houses the Main Exchange Store and a variety of concessions. These include a beauty shop, barber, shoe repair, jeweler and watch repair, flower shop, tailor service, optical shop, video rental, laundry and food court.
Branch Exchanges, Annexes and Activities – NSA Annex, Building 9810
PXTRA, Building 2790
Trading Post Shoppette: Building 8601
Meade Shoppette, Building 4706
Service Activities – Car Care Center, Building 4587
Military Clothing Sales Store – The Army Military Clothing Sales Store (AMCSS) is located in Building 392. The Uniform Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) and Will-Call are offered.
Post Thrift Shop – Building 2206 (Corner of 1st and Chisolm). Consignments are accepted on Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00AM-12:30PM, from active duty personnel, retirees, family members with valid I.D. cards and civilian employees assigned to Fort Meade. Items of every description from uniforms, clothing, small appliances and furniture are available.
- Club Meade
- The Freedom Inn
- Pin Deck Cafe
- Anthony’s Pizza, Building 2790
- Dunkin Donuts, Building 2790
- Robin Hood, Building 2790
- Frank’s Franks, Building 2790
- Charlie’s Steak and Sub Grill, Building 2790
- Burger King, Building 2794 (located behind PX)
This information barely touches the surface of what to expect when you arrive at Fort Meade. (And, I might add, it’s subject to change.)
You’ll be near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis, and enjoy opportunities to explore all they have to offer in the coming months. Check out the Fun Things to Do page on this website to help you plan outings to the many museums, monuments, theaters and concert halls that will bring history and the arts to life for you and your family while you’re at Fort Meade.
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