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Fort Meade Army Base - Odenton, MD




This will be the first weekend of the temporary hour changes at the Rockenbach and Mapes/32 gates.

Rockenbach is now closed weekends. Mapes/32 opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

Reece remains the 24-hour and visitor gate.

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What's a birthday without cake?

Fort Meade and area warrant officers got together for some yummy treats and to honor their 100th anniversary on Monday.

There are five grades within the U.S. Army warrant officer corps. A person is initially appointed as a Warrant Officer One (WO1), and progresses to Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2) after 2 years. Competitive promotion to Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3), Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4), and Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) occur at approximately six year intervals for aviation warrant officers and five year intervals for those in other branches.

Warrant officers serve at all levels of the Army. Typically, junior warrant officers are assigned at the tactical level, whereas senior warrant officers are assigned at higher levels such as brigade and above, and also to positions on the Army staff at the Pentagon. In addition, warrant officers serve with Department of Defense, joint organizations, and other military services.


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A portion of Rock Avenue on post, between Robert and Redwood, will be closed for the unforeseeable future. The road closure will allow for the razing of a condemned building, which could fall into the roadway at any moment. Detour signs are in place to direct drivers to alternate routes. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the action is necessary to maintain the safety of members of the Fort Meade community.

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The US Army Warrant Officer Association, Chesapeake Bay Chapter members were up bright and early Monday to raise the colors in honor of the 100th birthday of the Army Warrant Cohort.

The Warrant Officer Cohort consists of today's technical experts. Although warrant officers in the U.S. Army can be traced as far back as 1896, the cohort wasn't officially established until July 9, 1918, when Congress passed legislation to form the organization.


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We’re hoping our wonderful community can help our friend Alexa find her adult black and yellow cat, Asha.

Asha was lost yesterday in Odenton on Telegraph Rd. when her crate broke open in a car accident while being transported home from the vet.

Asha is 10 pounds with gold “eyebrows” above each eye. She is likely scared and hungry. She is not microchipped and is not wearing a collar.

If you see Asha, please contact Alexa at 571-970-8174.

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Arundel Mills is hosting a job fair on July 13 for Marylanders who want to work with some of the top brands in fashion and dining. Approximately 100 positions are available with more than 15 retailers and restaurants hiring locals for full- and part-time positions, including sales positions, cashiers, cooks, stock, store management and supervisory positions.

Job fair participants are looking for enthusiastic applicants who bring their resume and dress for success. All experience levels are encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Friday, July 13, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Arundel Mills, Dining Pavilion
7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076-1282

CONTACT: Leslie Knobloch

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper, stopped by the 1st Recruiting Brigade on Fort Meade Friday. During his visit, he spoke with recruiters and administered the oath of enlistment to future #Soldiers. We'll have more on the Secretary's visit in tomorrow's #SoundoffNewspaper and the next edition of #MeadeWeek! #Victory #GoArmy

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Indoor Swimming Pool Closing Early

The Fort Meade indoor swimming pool will be closing early today, July 10, at 2 p.m., due to a shortage of staff personnel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your continued patronage as the pool will reopen at its usual scheduled time of 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Play ball! ⚾️

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Happy birthday to the Army Warrant Officer Cohort, which celebrates 100 years today! In honor of this big milestone and everything they do for the Army community, we’ll be sharing posts throughout the week detailing the history of the Cohort! Follow along with our #100YearCohort hashtag, and if you know or are a warrant officer, drop a photocopy yourself or them below in the comments!

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Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper stopped by Fort Meade today to meet with leaders, help enlist the U.S. Army's newest recruits, and take some selfies with #soldiers!

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On this edition of Meade Week!: Lots of video from the Red, White, & Blue Celebration, changes in installation gate hours, the largest MI Brigade in the Army gets a new CO, and the MLB All-Star Armed Services Softball Championship is coming up! These stories and more on Meade Week! #MeadeWeek! #SoundoffNewspaper

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Severn's 33rd Annual Queenstown Day will be held Saturday, July 14 at Queenstown Park- located at 580 Queenstown Rd.

The free event will feature a parade, food trucks, vendors, a moon bounce and games for the kids, and the Queenstown Day Classic basketball game, featuring the Ft. Meade All-Stars vs. Md. All-Stars.

Also new this year, the event will celebrate the arrival of the Buffalo Soldiers, dressed in period uniforms.

Come on out for a great event!

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UPDATE: Helicopter landing operations have been cancelled. Cooper Ave., English Ave., and Parade Field Ln. will remain open.

Beginning July 9, the Visitor Control Center will be reducing its weekday operating hours to close at 4 p.m. daily, with its new operating hours being 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mon-Fri. It will remain closed on weekends. Security officials say this is a permanent change as work demands at the VCC do not warrant the current operating hours based on government requirements for VCC operations.

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Beginning this coming Monday, July 9, operating hours at post gates are being adjusted due to a temporary shortage of security guards.

• Rockenbach Gate: New Weekday Operating Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mon-Fri. Closed on weekends, holidays, and training holidays.

• Mapes/32 Gate: New Weekend Operating Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat-Sun. Weekday operating hours remain unchanged: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon-Fri.

Reece Gate will remain the post’s 24/7 gate. Llewelyn Gate hours also remain unchanged - 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mon-Fri. Closed on weekends and holidays.

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Red, White and CUTE! 🇺🇲

Show us how you're celebrating America's Independence by dropping a photo in the comments below! If you have photos from #RWBFtMeade, be sure to share those too!

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Today, and every day, we honor those who protect our freedoms, livelihood, and #independence. Thank you.

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Due to the 4th of July holiday, tomorrow Rockenbach and Llewelyn gates will be closed. Mapes/32 gate will open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Reece will remain the 24-hour gate.

Normal gate hours will resume Thursday morning. You can view the current gate hours at

We hope everyone has a safe holiday!

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Military members who wish to volunteer their time honoring veterans with advanced illnesses with the Hospice of the Chesapeake can attend Honor Salute training on July 20, from 1-3 p.m. at the ACS Building (830 Chisholm Ave.) on post.

The organization provides physical, psycho-social, spiritual and grief support services to individuals living with and affected by advanced illness.