Fort Meade is not the only Maryland installation undergoing change

By Marjorie Censer
Monday, October 4, 2010

Fort Meade isn't the area's only installation expecting an influx of new employees as part of the Pentagon's sweeping base realignment . . .

At Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, north of Baltimore, the military is adding 8,800 employees, most of them for the Army's communications and intelligence directorate. The directorate is moving from Fort Monmouth, N.J. The Army is also moving its test command to the base. According to a 2006 study commissioned by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Aberdeen was already home to more than 15,000 workers, about half of whom are civilians. Close to 1,000 current Aberdeen employees are being relocated elsewhere, the report adds.

The new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will add 2,400 employees, about half of whom will shift from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which is closing. The new medical center in Bethesda is just six miles away from the old one in the District.

Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County will add 3,000 employees, most affiliated with the Air Force District Washington, to its existing 15,000. The Air National Guard is relocating about 600 employees to Andrews. However, the addition will be offset by the departure of about 900 Andrews employees to other sites.

Fort Belvoir, too, will see a major influx of new workers -- almost 21,000 at three local sites affiliated with the base. About 8,500 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency workers are moving to a new campus in Springfield that is considered a north section of Fort Belvoir, though it does not connect with the main base. Another 6,400 are moving to the Mark Center in Alexandria, which is also separate but officially considered part of Fort Belvoir.

About 5,800 workers are moving to the main installation, all but 400 from sites within the region. The increases will be offset by 2,300 workers leaving Fort Belvoir, about 1,500 of whom are associated with Army Materiel Command and headed to Huntsville, Ala.

-- Marjorie Censer

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