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Fort Meade is conveniently located between Washington, D.C.,and Baltimore. The installation lies approximately five miles east of Interstate 95 and one-half mile east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, between Maryland State routes 175 and 198. Fort Meade is located near the communities of Odenton, Laurel, Columbia and Jessup, and is home to approximately 11,000 military personnel along with about 29,000 civilian employees.
Fort Meade is an important part of Maryland's economy
It is the state's largest employer and has the third-largest workforce of any Army installation in the United States, according to State of Maryland 2008 data from the Department of Business and Economic Development.
Maryland's military installations purchased $6.6 billion in goods and services from state companies. Fort Meade and the National Security Agency were the largest contributors to this mix.
Several community organizations exist to promote and support Fort Meade and its personnel as well as the region. Click on the organization's name to learn more about it.
The mission of the BWI Business Partnership is "to facilitate quality relationships among leaders from business, government and organizations who want to make a difference by accelerating positive growth for the BWI region."
The goals of the BWI Business Partnership are:
- To bring cohesion to the central Maryland business community and create a framework to address business interests
- To actively support improvements in the transportation network in the corridor, including sound commuter programs that benefit employees and employers
- To promote the development and success of BWI Airport, and support Fort George G. Meade and our intelligence community
- To take an advocacy role with local, state and federal agencies, elected officials, businesses and organizations to collectively represent the interests and views of our members
The Fort Meade Alliance is a 501(c)4 non-profit independent community membership organization created to promote and support Fort George G. Meade, its more than 95 government agencies and organizations and surrounding areas as an economic asset, to promote the well being of the region with programs that support Fort Meade's priorities, and serve as a resource to help facilitate connections that make a difference.
Fort Meade Alliance's mission statement
The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is the primary business resource and advocate as the area experiences exponential growth.
West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce's mission statement
The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce includes the communities surrounding Fort George G. Meade: Odenton, Gambrills, Severn, Hanover, Millersville, Crownsville, Jessup, Maryland City, Annapolis Junction and parts of Laurel, but serves members from throughout Anne Arundel County and neighboring jurisdictions who share an interest in the growth of the region.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 471,200 veterans live in Maryland.
The image of a veteran has changed in the last 11 years. Almost half of those serving in the military are between 22 and 30 years old.
America has the largest population of young veterans since the Vietnam War. Many of these veterans are now college students, and many of them have families, wives, husbands, children and parents who love and care for these brave veterans.
Below are some of organizations which serve Maryland's veterans. Click on the organization's name to learn more about it.
According to its website, the American Legion, Department of Maryland is a community-service organization which now numbers nearly 81,000 members in 157 American Legion Posts throughout the state of Maryland. These posts range in size from 15 members to over 4,700 members in a given post.
AMVETS "[enhances and safeguards] the entitlements for all American veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services."
AMVET's mission statement
Association of the United States Army Francis Scott Key Chapter
The Association of the United States Army is a private, nonprofit educational organization that has, since 1950, worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of the men and women who serve America's Army, civilians, retirees and family members. AUSA provides numerous professional development opportunities at a variety of local and national events.
The Fort Meade E-9 Association is a private organization established to promote camaraderie, high morale and esprit-de-corps among active, retired, reserve and National Guard E-9s and E-8s promotable from all U.S. military services located within the surrounding Fort Meade area.
Association activities include social gatherings, regular meetings, presentations of appropriate mementos to departing members, introduction of new arrivals, and the extension of condolence for the death of an active member or member's immediate family.
Since its founding more than 80 years ago, the Disabled American Veterans has been dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families. Fidelity to that mission has required DAV to respond creatively and flexibly to changing and sometimes unpredictable challenges faced by its constituency. Whether disabled veterans have needed a voice on Capitol Hill, a nationwide service program, a transportation network or unique rehabilitation opportunities, DAV has focused its attention and resources to meet those needs.
Disabled American Veterans's mission statement
According to its website, the Military Officers Association of America plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community and veterans of the uniformed services.
Military Order of the World Wars
The Military Order of the World Wars is a patriotic nonpartisan organization established in 1919 to promote the welfare of the Nation.
It provides books and materials for students to learn about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. flag. Future leaders get an education that helps to keep our national heritage and free enterprise system alive.
Chapters are the backbone of the Order and hold regular meetings to engage in a dialogue about issues of national importance and plan for the Order's outreach programs to include the Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, ROTC/JROTC programs, Massing of the Colors, support of memorial services, and patriotic education programs for youth.