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July 14, 1991
Col. Thomas Raleigh Mann, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Meade, left his post Friday to take a new position with the 80th Training Division in Richmond, Va.Col. Kent D. Menser, deputy garrison commander, assumed command of the base, which has two active battalions, 11,000 military personnel and 28,000 civilian employees.At Fort Meade, Mann spent two years as commander of the 519th Military Police Battalion, one year as deputy garrison commander and oneyear as commander.One of Fort Meade's missions is to prepare forthe contingency of war, and during the Persian Gulf crisis, the garrison experienced its heaviest activity since World War II. It processed 2,700 soldiers from 42 active, Reserve and National Guard units, all of whom were sent overseas for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
Col. Brian Foley has taken command of Fort Meade at a challenging time for the U.S. military. With the end of the war in Iraq in 2011 and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan next year, growth in defense spending was already expected to taper. Then came the sequester, the across-the-board cuts that led the Pentagon to furlough civilian employees over the summer. Fort Meade grew rapidly in the 2005 round of the base realignment known as BRAC to became the third-largest base in the Army.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | July 13, 2007
During a change-of-command ceremony, Col. Jeffrey S. Weissman became the new garrison commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground yesterday, pledging to lead the base's effort to support "the defense of our nation and the global war on terror." Weissman, a 46-year-old New York native, takes over as APG's 42nd garrison commander, responsible for management of the 72,500-acre post in Harford County. Weissman delivered brief remarks to a crowd of soldiers, local officials and civilians gathered at Fanshaw Field.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Army Col. Edward C. Rothstein, who recently finished a tour as commander of Fort George G. Meade, will be the new president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., County Executive Laura Neuman announced Monday. Rothstein, who is preparing to retire from the military, will take over the job Nov. 1. As the head of the economic development corporation, Rothstein will be charged with promoting Anne Arundel County as a good place to do business. In a statement, Neuman said Rothstein has a "well-earned reputation as a connector" and she expects him to be a "dynamic link" between businesses and the county's zoning and permitting officials.
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April 18, 1994
Col. Robert G. Morris III, garrison commander at Fort Meade, will serve an extra year in that post.The Department of the Army Personnel Command has extended Colonel Morris' tour of duty until June 28, 1996, according to R. L. Lane, a Fort Meade spokesman.Mr. Lane said Colonel Morris asked for the extension to give him more time to develop and implement programs.The extension does not appear to be directly related to investigations into alleged wrongdoing at Fort Meade, he said.POLICE LOG600 block of Chapelgate Drive: About $1,800 worth of fishing equipment was stolen from a wooden shed between between 1 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday, police said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Army Col. Edward C. Rothstein, who recently finished a tour as commander of Fort George G. Meade, will be the new president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., County Executive Laura Neuman announced Monday. Rothstein, who is preparing to retire from the military, will take over the job Nov. 1. As the head of the economic development corporation, Rothstein will be charged with promoting Anne Arundel County as a good place to do business. In a statement, Neuman said Rothstein has a "well-earned reputation as a connector" and she expects him to be a "dynamic link" between businesses and the county's zoning and permitting officials.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | September 10, 1993
The new garrison commander of Fort Meade plans to announce this morning his recommendation on a controversial state proposal to move the Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp from Jessup to the Odenton post.Col. Robert G. Morris III has invited aides to Maryland congressional representatives and community leaders, all of whom have mounted a public campaign against moving the camp onto the Army base, to a 9 a.m.today.Officials from the governor's office and the state prison system were not invited.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | September 23, 1993
The union representing civilian workers at Fort Meade wants assurances their members' jobs will not be taken over by prisoners from a state prison boot camp that may be moved to the Odenton post.Under plans supported by Gov. William Donald Schaefer and recently embraced by the garrison commander at Fort Meade, the boot camp would move into 29 unused Army barracks in exchange for free inmate labor on the base."I do not want anything in which the civilian work force would be impacted," said Lonnie Howie, president of Local 1622 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 2,000 workers at Fort Meade.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | October 6, 1993
Fort Meade's new garrison commander last night outlined his vision for the post, saying he will keep many of the community outreach programs that made his predecessor popular with neighbors but stressing that the post and its soldiers are his top priorities.In his first public speech to county and community leaders, Army Col. Robert G. Morris III said his planned improvements at the post will translate into economic success for businesses outside the gates."I've got to take care of the post," he said.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2003
About 220 civilian employees at Fort Meade learned yesterday they may be losing their jobs after Army officials announced a private company would be taking over two departments at the Odenton base. Johnson Controls Inc., a Milwaukee-based systems and facilities management company, will assume responsibility for jobs in the Army's public works and logistics departments under a 5-year contract worth $33 million. The positions, which include logistics, supply management and engineering jobs, will be eliminated by January.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
Fort Meade, home to the National Security Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Cyber Command and other key organizations, was a net winner in the 2005 round of base realignment. With 52,000 service members, civilians and contractors, the Army installation in Anne Arundel County is the largest workplace in Maryland. But by the time Army Col. Edward C. Rothstein took command, military spending was beginning to tighten again. Rothstein's tenure as garrison commander, overseeing security and emergency services, public works and construction, family care, morale and well-being programs, coincided with the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester and furloughs.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
Col. Brian P. Foley assumed command of Fort Meade during a ceremony Thursday morning. Foley, the 84th commander of the Army base in Anne Arundel County, succeeds Col. Edward C. Rothstein, who is retiring after 30 years in the military, the last two as commander of Fort Meade. Foley, a Signal Corps officer, served most recently as coalition branch chief, Joint Staff J6 Pentagon. "Words cannot express how thankful I am to have been afforded the opportunity to lead the U.S. Army garrison here," Foley said.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2013
More than 1,300 young, single soldiers, sailors and other service members drive to Fort Meade every work day because they don't live on post - can't, actually, because the barracks are full and other homes there are for families. The Army installation isn't about to get millions of dollars to build more housing, not with the defense budget falling. Instead, it's getting the Army's first privately developed garden apartments for the unmarried junior-enlisted crowd, with costs covered by the developer.
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The Capital of Annapolis | December 30, 2012
Construction is beginning on a $72 million garden-style apartment complex on the grounds of Fort Meade. The 14-unit building is a first for the base and the Army, according to the developer, Picerne Military Housing. It will house more than 1,400 unmarried service men and women who are currently stationed at the base. The Army is developing the housing in a public-private partnership with Picerne. Known as Reece Crossings, the complex will boast 432 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Construction is expected to begin this month on a $72 million, 14-building apartment complex at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. The complex, which is being built by Picerne Military Housing and will be called Reece Crossings, should be completed by the end of next year. It is intended for unaccompanied, junior service members from all branches of the military, according to a statement this week from Corvias Group, the parent company of Picerne Military Housing. “These apartments are not something we could build on our own with our dwindling resources,” said Col. Edward C. Rothstein, garrison commander at Fort Meade, in the statement.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | July 13, 2007
During a change-of-command ceremony, Col. Jeffrey S. Weissman became the new garrison commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground yesterday, pledging to lead the base's effort to support "the defense of our nation and the global war on terror." Weissman, a 46-year-old New York native, takes over as APG's 42nd garrison commander, responsible for management of the 72,500-acre post in Harford County. Weissman delivered brief remarks to a crowd of soldiers, local officials and civilians gathered at Fanshaw Field.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | February 18, 1993
Col. Kent D. Menser, the garrison commander of Fort George G. Meade who has been changing the base from a training ground for soldiers to a "federal office park," confirmed last night that he has been asked to retire.The 49-year-old garrison commander may be falling victim to the same military downsizing that triggered changes at Fort Meade. He has been transforming a base once used to prepare soldiers for war into one that functions primarily as an administrative post.Fort Meade officials have declined to comment for the past several weeks on Colonel Menser's future, stressing that a decision is not yet final.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | July 23, 1993
A torrent of patriotism was unleashed yesterday evening at Fort Meade as precision drill teams performed intricate routines and other troops marched and sang in a showcase of Army talent.At least 2,000 spectators flocked to McGlachlin Field to watch the hour of entertainment, called a Twilight Tattoo, provided by the 3rd United States Infantry and the United States Army Band.The program featured patriotic songs such as "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "America the Beautiful," marching soldiers twirling rifles and a tribute to soldiers who fought in every war from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2003
About 220 civilian employees at Fort Meade learned yesterday they may be losing their jobs after Army officials announced a private company would be taking over two departments at the Odenton base. Johnson Controls Inc., a Milwaukee-based systems and facilities management company, will assume responsibility for jobs in the Army's public works and logistics departments under a 5-year contract worth $33 million. The positions, which include logistics, supply management and engineering jobs, will be eliminated by January.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2002
When Col. Michael J. Stewart extended his two-year term as Fort Meade's garrison commander last summer, he expected that the base's $3 billion overhaul of on-base housing would be his biggest challenge. After all, the plans for a private developer to tear down and rebuild nearly 3,000 substandard houses for soldiers on the Odenton base and manage them for 50 years is Anne Arundel County's largest project in years - surpassing the Arundel Mills megamall and upgrades at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
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