This Month In County History

Fort Meade came close to closing

July 01, 2005

On July 3, 1918, the Department of War was mulling plans to abandon what was then known as Camp Meade.

Under pressure to comply with President Calvin Coolidge's economic program, War Department officials were planning to dismantle the camp after the summer training had ended for soldiers stationed there. It was thought that closing the World War I-era installation, which cost $7 million to build, would lead to considerable savings.

Instead, the Tank Corps Headquarters and the Tank School were established at the Army camp a year later, in 1919. The installation was renamed Fort George G. Meade 10 years later, on March 5, 1929.

Today, the Army post is a 5,400-acre installation that is expected to grow by thousands of workers over the next several years because of the planned military base realignment and expansion of the super-secret National Security Agency, which is also based there.

Source: The Sun

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