Base Guide 2014-2015

Fort Detrick Base Guide 2014

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Fort Detrick is a U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) post supporting a multi-governmental community that conducts biomedical research and development, medical materiel management, global telecommunications, and the study of foreign plant pathogens. Each branch of the U.S. military is represented among the approximately 11,000 military, federal, and contractor employees assigned on post. Fort Detrick serves five cabinet-level agencies: The Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Fort Detrick’s Defense Department support also includes elements of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Beyond this, Fort Detrick supports several unified and major Army commands, including the U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Space Command, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, and U.S. Army Medical Command.

Finding Fort Detrick
The installation is located within the boundaries of the City of Frederick, which offers modern housing, schools, recreation areas, excellent utilities, and access to major metropolitan areas.
Fort Detrick is situated northwest of Baltimore, Maryland (46 miles), and north of Washington, D.C. (45 miles) in Frederick County, Maryland, which adjoins Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The major highways that access the county are I-70, I-270, U.S. 15, U.S. 40, U.S. 40A, and U.S. 340. Frederick County is easily accessible by automobile, air, train, and motor coach. Reagan National, Dulles International, and Baltimore/Washington International airports are less than an hour from Frederick, which is also served by Frederick Municipal Airport. A Greyhound Bus Service is also located in Frederick City.
There is a MARC commuter rail station in downtown Frederick. If you’re coming from Washington D.C., take I-270 North to Frederick, where it merges with U.S. Route 15 North. Take the 7th Street Exit, and follow the signs to Fort Detrick’s Veterans Gate.
If you’re coming from Baltimore, take I-70 West to Frederick, and follow the signs to Route 15 North, Exit 53A. Take the 7th Street Exit, and follow the signs to Fort Detrick’s Veterans Gate.
Area Climate
Temperatures in the winter usually range between the upper 20s to low 40s, with nighttime temperatures occasionally dropping into the low teens. Typically, summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s to low 90s during the day, and overnight lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. During inclement weather, there may be changes to the installation’s operating hours. Call the Fort Detrick Weather Line at (301) 619-7611 or 1-800-256-7621 for updates. Information is also posted on the Fort Detrick website at, as well as the Fort Detrick Facebook and Twitter pages.
Courtesy to Colors
Military and civilian personnel must render courtesy to the colors during Reveille and Retreat. Reveille is sounded at 6 a.m., Monday - Friday. Retreat is sounded Monday through Sunday at 5 p.m. When Retreat is sounded, military, as well as Civilians, should face the flag and stand at attention. Vehicles must stop and all passengers should get out and face the flag. If the flag is not within sight, persons should face toward the music. When "To the Colors" is sounded, an appropriate salute should be rendered.
All military members assigned to any organization at Fort Detrick are expected to comply with service regulations and directives concerning personal dress and appearance. Military bearing should always be a way of life for service members. The wearing of appropriate uniform is an important element of military life at Fort Detrick. Utility uniforms, specifically the battle dress uniform, are authorized for wear off post during duty hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for essential personal business that must be accomplished during duty hours when an establishment is not open on weekends, or after the normal duty day. Examples include car repairs, licensing, dropping off or picking up children from daycare and for getting lunch off post. After normal duty hours, utility uniforms may be worn during travel directly to and from work, and emergency or essential stops. Under no circumstances will utility uniforms be worn to night clubs, bars, or other entertainment facilities off post.