Base Guide 2015

Welcome Letter

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015

Welcome to Fort Detrick, one of the most unique installations in the U.S. Army, and a great place not only to work, but also a fantastic community to live in. It is my honor to be a part of the worldwide mission Fort Detrick has, supporting 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.

What makes Fort Detrick unique? We conduct research to protect not only our military, but the citizens of the United States and the world from some of the deadliest diseases on the planet with the newest state-of-the-art facilities and brightest scientific minds. We also are home to the Washington-Moscow "hotline" – allowing instant communications between the U.S. President and leader of the Russian Federation. Just last year, we joined the 21st Signal Brigade in celebrating the 50th anniversary of this important tool of diplomacy.

Fort Detrick may be small in size compared to other Army installations, but we are the largest employer in Frederick County, and a proud winner of the Frederick County Best Places to Work 2014 award. Fort Detrick has nearly 11,000 Service Members, federal civilians and contractor employees working here.

You will find we have a complete array of facilities and programs available for you, including an Army and Air Force Exchange Service shopette, a beautiful commissary, the Barquist Army Health Clinic, a dental clinic, Army Community Service, a Child, Youth and School Services center, fishing at Nallin Pond, our Nallin Farm Recreational Area and so much more.

Once you get outside the gates of Fort Detrick, I think you will discover that Frederick is not only a great place to work, with a community and local government that supports both Fort Detrick and those working here, but it is also a wonderful area to live in.

Located in the Catoctin Mountain area of Central Maryland, the Frederick area is awash with historic landmarks, including Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Battlefield, both just a short drive away, scores of local running and hiking trails and something going on almost every weekend. I encourage you to get out and explore the area; be involved not only in your command, but in the community as well.

As you and your family are preparing to relocate, I want to personally thank you for serving our great Nation and for your dedication and commitment to the United States. It is an honor to serve and work with you.

Welcome to Fort Detrick!