Life on Post
Spc. Chaney warms up for a softball game at the Nallin Farm Recreational Area during the 21st Signal Brigade Organizational Day at Fort Detrick. Each battalion competed in various sports tournaments to see which one would win the “Commander’s Cup.” (Photo by Sgt. Stephen J. Schmitz, June 2013)
The Housing Division provides management and oversight of all permanent and transient housing programs, ensuring adequate housing is provided for all Fort Detrick personnel.
Community Home finding, Relocation and Referral Services, formally known as the Housing Referral Office, has a variety of services for military and civilian personnel. The CHRRS office maintains a list of available home listings for rent or purchase. The office can assist you with temporary lodging, and provide an overview of community resources and amenities, maps, school information and other community service information. Military personnel reporting for duty at Fort Detrick are required to report to the housing office prior to seeking off-post rental housing.
To contact the Housing Division, call 301-619-3224/3419. For more information on housing services at Fort Detrick, visit www.detrick.army.mil/dpw/housing.cfm.
Military Family Housing
Military family housing at Fort Detrick is provided by Balfour Beatty Communities. Detrick Homes consist of four neighborhoods with two-, three- and four-bedroom homes in both single-family and townhome styles. Homes in these neighborhoods feature garages, central air conditioning, washer and dryer hookups, fully equipped kitchens and hardwood flooring; amenities vary by neighborhood. Other community amenities include a neighborhood center, playgrounds, tot lots, and park and picnic areas. There are also monthly community events.
Lawn care services, 24-hour maintenance services, and curbside trash and recycling pickup are provided. Utilities are included in your rent — though residents who consume more than the baseline utility consumption have to pay for overages, while residents who consume less than the baseline receive rebates.
Detrick Homes allows pets with certain restrictions. In general, residents may have two pets, though exotic animals are not allowed. Pets must be registered with the Community Management Office by completing the pet addendum when signing the Resident Responsibility Agreement. If additional pets are acquired after move-in, residents must update the pet addendum within 10 days.
For more information about homes and amenities at Fort Detrick, visit the Detrick Homes website at www.detrickhomes.com.
The housing office is responsible for assigning adequate space to single soldiers in pay grades E-1 through E-5. Soldiers requiring unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing must have a current (within 60 days) end-of-month Leave and Earnings Statement.
In accordance with recent changes in Army policy, incoming single soldiers in the grade of E-6 will be authorized basic allowance for housing at the without-dependent rate and will be required to reside off post. Additionally, geographical bachelors (soldiers entitled to BAH at the with-dependent rate who are voluntarily separated from their family members) are not authorized assignment to permanent party unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing.
For more information, call 301-619-3224/3419 or visit www.detrick.army.mil/dpw/housing.cfm.
Army Community Service
Army Community Service offers many programs and services that are designed to equip service members, DOD civilians and families with the skills, knowledge and support they need to face the challenges of military life. Whether you change duty stations, deploy, manage the family during deployment or face a new situation, ACS has a program to help you and your family adjust.
ACS programs and services include Army Family Team Building; career guidance; deployment and mobilization assistance; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness and assistance; a household goods lending closet; information and referral; the Military & Family Life Counseling Program; relocation readiness; survivor outreach; violence prevention and education; and volunteering opportunities. For more information on ACS programs at Fort Detrick, visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/army.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program
The BOSS program represents the voice of the single service member. If you’re a single service member, BOSS members advocate for you by advancing quality of life issues on the installation, and in the barracks, to senior leaders on post and throughout the Army. The BOSS program is based on three program pillars: quality of life, community service, and recreation and leisure.
BOSS membership and the program’s available leadership and project management roles enhance promotion packets. Learn more about BOSS and how to become a member at https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/boss.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.
For information, visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/army.
Family Readiness Groups
Family Readiness Groups are organized to provide mutual support for a unit’s family members. Groups serve as a family support system during deployment, but they operate during periods of normal operations as well. Groups operate in close coordination with the affiliated unit and, if convenient, with ACS or the Reserve Component Family Program coordinator’s office. FRGs also serve as an important source of inspiration, training and support to empower Army families to increase and enhance their self-reliance.
For more information, visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/army.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
For a full list of youth services at Fort Detrick, visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services.
Child Development Center
The post’s Child Development Center provides full-time and hourly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC’s caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of your children. Fees are based on total family income.
Fort Detrick’s Child Development Center, on Ditto Avenue in Building 1776, can be reached at 301-619-3300. For more information on this center, visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/child-development-center.
Family Child Care
The Family Child Care program is a child care option offered in homes both on and off post by authorized providers. Providers may offer weekend care, hourly care and extended care to meet your unique child care needs. All providers are certified by Child Development Services and pass an extensive background clearance prior to certification. Providers receive child care training and their homes are regularly monitored with announced and unannounced visits. The program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children.
For more information, call 301-619-3405 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/family-child-care-fcc.
School Age Center
The School Age Center provides affordable before- and after-school care in a quality program that meets the needs of youth and parents. The SAC offers age-appropriate activities that promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of youth. Programs are offered in four service areas: sports and fitness; mentoring, intervention and support services; leisure and recreation; and life skills, citizenship and leadership. The center is partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of America and 4-H Club.
SAC includes meals, swimming, bowling, sports camps, instructional reading and math, environmental education and research trips through field trips, and a summer technology camp. The program is accredited by the National After School Alliance and through the Council on Accreditation.
The center is on Sultan Drive in Building 949. Call 301-619-2901 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/school-age-center-sac for more information.
School Support Services
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. School Support Services is home to the School Liaison Office, where school liaison officers help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children. School liaison officers specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services and programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling.
School Support Services is on Freedman Drive in Building 1520, Room 155. For more information, call 301-619-3247 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/school-liaison-services.
SKIESUnlimited offers instructional programs for youth designed to expand their knowledge, help them acquire new skills, give them inspiration and allow them to explore new disciplines. The SKIESUnlimited program fosters the development of critical life skills, leadership development and social skills.
The Fort Detrick and Forest Glen office for SKIESUnlimited is on Freedman Drive in Building 1520, Room 155. For more information, call 301-619-3246 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/skiesunlimited.
Sports and Fitness Program
The Child & Youth Sports and Fitness Program provides support for children 3-18 years of age to foster healthy and active lifelong habits. Just some of the sports, fitness and health options offered are Start Smart programs for preschool-aged children, basketball and soccer for all ages, and many other sports-related activities in the after-school program. All coaches are trained and certified by the National Alliance of Youth Sports. Registration and annual sports physicals are required for participation.
For more information, call 301-619-2538 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/youth-sports-fitness.
Teen Center and Youth Services
The Teen Center and Youth Services, on Sultan Drive in Building 949A, provide activities for youth in grades 6-12. The Middle School Program is for grades 6-8. The Teen Program is for grades 9-12.
The youth program is open after school, during school closures and in the summer. Through formal partnerships with nationally recognized youth-serving organizations, such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, youth have access to programs, standardized curricula, special events, camps, scholarships and more. Computer labs, homework assistance and youth sponsorship programs are also available.
For more information on the center and its programs, call 301-619-2538/2901 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/youth-services-ys.
Automotive Skills Center
The Automotive Skills Center, on Sultan Drive in Building 1431, has all the classes, tools and equipment you need to do minor repairs on your own car. The shop also has an authorized GSA fleet maintainer and full-service auto center for those less mechanically inclined. Services include brake replacements, oil changes, tire mounting and balancing, vehicle inspections and more. The center has a car wash outside as well. Call 301-619-2759 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/automotive-service-center for more information.
The bowling center, on Sultan Drive in Building 915, is open for league play and special events only. For more information, call 301-619-3266 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/bowling-center.
The driving range is at Nallin Farm Pond Road, Building 1651. Driving range tokens may be purchased at Leisure Travel Services or at the Automotive Skill Center. Call 301-619-2498 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/driving-range for more information.
Recreational Rental, on Sultan Drive in Building 1431, has an extensive list of equipment available for a variety of activities and needs. Equipment includes campers, canoes, dunk tanks, grills, kayaks, lawn and garden tools, moon bounces, tables and chairs, tents and more. Call 301-619-2266 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/recreation-equipment-checkout-center for more information.
The Capt. Jennifer J. Shafer Odom Fitness Center, on Porter Street in Building 1507, features an aerobic room, a basketball court, a cardiovascular room, exercise classes, a Nautilus room, racquetball courts, saunas, tennis courts, a weight room and more. The center’s website also provides maps of 1.5- and 3-mile running trails and information on intramural sports. For more information, call 301-619-2498 or go to https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/cpt-jennifer-j-shafer-odom-fitness-center.
The Forest Glen Annex Fitness Center, on Stephen Sitter Avenue in Building 154, features a cardiovascular room, a Nautilus room and more. Call 301-319-5449 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/forest-glen-annex-fitness-center.
Fort Detrick has indoor and outdoor pools. The indoor pool, which is free for eligible patrons, is on Porter Street in Building 1507. The outdoor pool is on Chandler Street, Building 839. For information on outdoor pool fees and hours of operation for each pool, visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/indoor-and-outdoor-pool.
Forest Glen Recreation Area, on Steven Sitter Road, is open to the Fort Detrick and Forest Glen community and their families for private parties, group picnics and special events. The area has three pavilions (reservations are available), a children’s playground, a basketball court, two softball fields and outdoor equipment rental. Call 301-619-2839 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/forest-glen-recreation-area.
Nallin Farm Recreational Area, on Nallin Farm Pond Road, is open to service members and the Fort Detrick community for private parties, group picnics and special events. The area has three pavilions (reservations are available), a grill pavilion, horseshoe pits, a stocked trout pond, an ADA-accessible playground, a softball field, a driving range and bathrooms. Call 301-619-2839 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/nallin-farm-recreational-area.
Leisure Travel Services, at 1520 Freedman Drive, is a one-stop shop for all of your leisure travel needs. Get discount tickets for nearby attractions, including movie theaters, Six Flags America and the Baltimore Aquarium. Discounts for cruises, hotels, sporting events and out-of-state attractions like Disney World are available as well. Call 301-619-2892/2839 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/leisure-travel-services for more information.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary. Located on Porter Street in Building 1510, the commissary offers a bakery, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, a hot foods department, party cakes, rotisserie chicken and sushi. For more information, call 301-619-2990 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on Post
Need a quick bite to eat? Cafe Too, on Freedman Drive in Building 1520, is all about convenience and quick service. The cafe serves coffee, bagels, sandwiches and fresh salads with a comfy lounge for socializing. Call 301-619-6277 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/cafe-too for more information.
The Lounge, at 1529 Freedman Drive, is in the Community Activities Center. This intimate venue offers beverages and light snacks as well as catering for small party reservations for up to 30 guests. Call 301-619-2957 or visit https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/community-activities-center.
There are also two eateries at the post’s exchange food court at 1405 Porter St. For more information on the exchange’s Burger King or Subway, call 301-662-7755 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com.
Fort Detrick’s exchange, on Porter Street in Building 1405, wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Services include a barbershop, Burger King, dry cleaners, a military clothing store, Subway and more. Call 301-662-7755 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.