Fort George G. Meade

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Fort George G. Meade, located adjacent to Odenton, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County, is an active U.S. Army installation. The fort, established in 1917, is named for General George Gordon Meade, a Union Army general in the American Civil War. It covers 5,067 acres (20.51 km2) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Fort Meade is also home to Meade Senior High School, MacArthur Middle School, Meade Middle School and the National Cryptologic Museum.



Fort Meade was established in 1917 when the United States Department of War acquired 19,000 acres (77 kmĀ²) of land west of Odenton to develop a training camp. First known as Camp Annapolis Junction, the fort was named Camp Admiral at its opening in 1917. Other name changes occurred after construction of 1,460 buildings on the site when it became Camp George Gordon Meade. In the 1920s it became Fort Leonard Wood. By the 1930s it reverted back to Fort George G. Meade.[citation needed]

Fort Meade was used as a basic training post and a prisoner of war camp during World War II. In the 1950s, the post became headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA). The post was scheduled to close in the 1990s, but was kept open to support the NSA. Today, Ft. Meade is often used as a metonym for the NSA.[citation needed]

USAF use

The former United States Army long-range radar station W-13DC (built to support the Nike air-defense missile system of the Washington-Baltimore Defense Area) became operational as an Air Force station RP-54 on 1 October 1961 when the USAF assumed control of the AN/FPS-67 search radar, and installed one each AN/FPS-6 and AN/FPS-6B height-finder radars by 1962. (The Army also operated a pair of AN/FPS-6 variant radars). Fort Meade was both an AN/FSG-l Missile-Master and later AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE Radar Direction Center. W-13DC was the first Missile-Master DC to become operational.[citation needed]

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