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Fort Meade, Maryland, lies in the northwestern portion of the state between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Established as a military installation in 1917, Fort Meade houses around 11,000 military personnel and their families along with employing around 30,000 civilians. The installation derives its name from Major General George Gordon Meade, a commanding officer during the Civil War. The land on which Fort Meade stands once belonged to the Revolutionary War hero Major Samuel Snowden.
The military installation served as a training facility during the First World War. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers trained here and women served as switchboard operators. The post also had a Calvary unit, which used over 20,000 horses and mules. The General's nephew, Major Peter Meads served as commanding officer of the unit. The post also trained troops during the Second World War. Over 200 units and over 3,000,000 soldiers used facility resources during this time.
A cooking and bakery school located on Fort Meade, Maryland supplied baked goods for the entire post. The Special Services Unit Training Center educated military personnel in all aspects of the entertainment profession. Professional actors, musicians, and other entertainment employees supplied the training as part of their military vocation. Big band leader Glenn Miller served as one of the instructors.
During World War II, Fort Meade, Maryland, also served as a prisoner of war camp and housed over 1,500 Italian and German soldiers. Some died while in captivity. The government buried these soldiers on Fort Meade. Following the war, Fort Meade underwent growth and development. The Second U.S. Army Headquarters moved to the installation from Baltimore. The facility grew in importance as the headquarters commanded Army units over a seven state region. During the 1960s, the First U.S. Army and the Second U.S. Army merged at Fort Meade. The installation now assumed command over units spanning 15 states.
During the latter 90s, the fort processed individuals joining the Army Reserve and the National Guard for deployment in Operation Desert Shield. Fort Meade's 85th Medical Battalion and the 519th Military Police Battalion also served in the campaign. Units from the installation also served in Desert Storm. Though primarily an Army base, Fort Meade serves all branches of the military. The post has a Defense Information School, the United States Army Field Band and the United States Cyber Command Headquarters. The National Security Agency and Defense Courier Service also make the post home. The fort also supplies houses, schools, and offices for the Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program.