Monday, May 20, 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration said ridership has been low on three routes along the 18-mile road.
The state of Maryland is considering eliminating bus routes along the Intercounty Connector (ICC), including one that transports workers to and from Fort Meade. Commuter bus 202, which travels during weekday rush hour between Gaithersburg and Fort Meade, is one of three that could be on the chopping block due to low ridership. The state is holding a series of hearings in June to hear feedback from the public. Routes between Columbia and Bethesda and College Park and Germantown could also be cut. "These bus routes have fallen short of ridership and cost recovery goals," the MTA said in an advisory. MTA said it has targeted August 1 as the end date for the bus routes. A route from Gaithersburg to BWI Airport is not on the chopping block…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Details about the wellness fair appear in the latest version of 'Meade Week' from the Fort Meade public affairs office
Fort Meade will host wellness expo later this week as part of its "101 Critical Days of Summer" safety campaign. The installation will hold the Safety, Wellness and Resiliency Fair on May 23, with vendors and displays on topics such as motorcycle safety and fire prevention. The event is open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade Pavilion. "The prolonged hours of daylight encourages us to jam as many of our favorite pastimes into our day as possible and more activities means more potential for accidents," the Army said on its website. "While we enjoy these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, often we fail to recognize the risks associated with our favorite off-duty activities." The Fort Meade public …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Officials say the mortar round had exploded long ago and posed no threat. Officials had evacuated an area of about 300 meters as a precaution.
A half-dozen homes on Fort Meade were briefly evacuated Wednesday morning after a work crew found a WWII-era mortar round in the ground. Explosives experts determined the round had detonated long ago and posed no threat. However, installation officials sectioned off an area of about 300 meters as a precaution. There were six occupied homes impacted. Fort Meade spokeswoman Mary Doyle said the mortar round was found at about 10:30 a.m. by a crew from BGE that was digging in the area of the 2000 block of 2nd Army Drive. Crews immediately stopped work and contacted Fort Meade authorities, who confirmed with bomb sniffing dogs that there could be explosive material in the device. Officials evacuated the area until an explosive ordnance device…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Lend Lease said it closed a round of financing that will result in new hotel rooms at military bases across the country, including a 243-room Candlewood Suites at Fort Meade.
A company working with the Army has raised $465 million to assist building thousands of hotel rooms at military bases across the country, including a Candlewood Suites at Fort Meade. Lend Lease said it closed the third round of financing tied to the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program. The company will use the money to fund construction of 3,800 rooms at 18 installations. Included in the project will be a 243-room Candlewood Suites, due to break ground at Fort Meade this summer. A Lend Lease spokeswoman said the hotel will feature a fitness center and business center, breakfast area, swimming pool, free breakfast, free high-speed Internet and laundry services. The PAL program began in 2009 when Lend Lease bought 10 on-post hotels…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The latest job postings at Fort Meade include positions in information technology, childcare and security.
Are you looking for a federal job? Here's a look at the latest jobs at Fort Meade. Click on the links to see the full requirements and learn how to apply. IT Specialist Agency: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Salary: $74,872 to $97,333 Duties: Support the Assymetric Warfare Group Requirements: Top secret clearance, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Computer Engineer/Electronics Engineer/Computer Scientist Agency: DISA Salary: $105,211 to $136,771 Duties: Broad range of assignments relating to computing and telecommunications networks. Requirements: Professional engineering or computer science degree. Must be able to obtain and keep a secret clearance. Security Specialist Agency: Army Intelligence …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The agency said the 600,000-square-foot facility will help in its mission to defend America against cyber attacks.
The National Security Agency (NSA) this week formally broke ground on its second high-performance computing center, a 600,000-square-foot behemoth designed to help protect the nation's digital infrastructure. A diverse group of dignitaries gathered Monday to tout the project as a key part of national security efforts, as well as a driver for economic development in the area. "We are in a war for the future, and because of the Internet, we will have an enduring war," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). "We need to be able to make sure we have the right computers, the right workforce and the right legal infrastructure to do it." About 70,000 square feet of the facility will be filled by computers. Harvey Davis, NSA's associate director for …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Ken Niumatalolo will appear as part of the installation's celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month.
Navy football head coach Ken Niumatalolo will stop by Fort Meade later this month as the installation celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Niumatalolo will speak on May 9 at the McGill Training Center in an event hosted by the 902nd Military Intelligence Brigade. The event is open to the public. Niumatalolo was born in Hawaii and has been the head football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy since 2007, with a record of 40-26. Fort Meade's public affairs office gave more details on the Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration in its latest Meade Week video. This week's video also features the following stories:
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Col. Edward Rothstein took scores of questions from the community on a wide range of issues.
The Fort Meade community weighed in on a variety of topics including public safety, traffic and the quality of barracks during a 'town hall' meeting on Facebook hosted by the garrison commander. Col. Edward Rothstein fielded dozens of questions Tuesday and answered most of them, often offering phone numbers and other points of contact to have specific concerns addressed. The virtual discussion was the latest in Rothstein's efforts to be transparent and communicate with the Fort Meade community. The discussion featured many military members and their spouses, civilians working on base and others who were expected to be stationed at Fort Meade in the future. Issues raised during the town hall included: To read the full town hall chat, go to…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The work could cause road or lane closures on three streets in Odenton later this month.
The U.S. Army will begin installing water monitoring wells on three streets in Odenton, resulting in some possible road or lane closures. The Army will install the wells on Blue Water Boulevard, Nevada Avenue and Berger Street later in May. The three wells will monitor groundwater in the area, as part of an ongoing investigation into pollution stemming from old industrial sites at Fort Meade. The installations are expected to last about four days and could result in lane closures on the following dates: The Army will begin door-to-door notifications soon. Earlier this year, the Army installed testing wells at Dopeco Court, Bruce Avenue and Division Road. See also:
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sgt. 1st Class Gustavo Ruiz is one of 25 contestants in the regional competition for the NBC singing show.
An Army sergeant at Fort Meade is among 25 area people vying for a spot on the NBC singing show "The Voice." Sgt. 1st Class Gustavo Ruiz, who works in the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade, is hoping for a chance to sing before producers, with an ultimate goal of appearing on the show before celebrity judges. Ruiz is going up against 24 other contestants in the "Be the Voice" competition held by WRC-TV, NBC4 in Washington, DC. If he is selected in the top four through online voting, he'll participate in a sing-off at the NBC4 studios. If he wins there, he'll have a chance to sing directly to show's national producers and bypass the audition line. Anyone can for Ruiz up to four times daily on NBC Washington's website. The …