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The U.S. Army 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion, Medical Recruiting Brigade, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, pursues the best-qualified health care professionals available to work in the largest health care delivery system in the world. The battalion seeks medical professionals for the U.S. Army and Army Reserve in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Europe. The Patriot Battalion is headquartered at Fort Meade and consists of four medical recruiting companies in Fort Meade; Boston; Pittsburgh; and New York City, and more than 120 medical recruiters and civilian personnel at 21 recruiting stations throughout the region.


The 3rd Training Support Battalion (CS/CSS), 312th Regiment, is a tricomponent organization with Active, Reserve and Active-Guard Reserve soldiers in one command under the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade. The regiment’s mission is to help synchronize and coordinate premobilization and lane training for traditional and priority units in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

When a unit is mobilized, the regiment forms a Mobilization Assistance Team (MAT). MAT members attached to mobilization stations help train and validate mobilized Reserve and National Guard units for deployment. During peacetime, the Department of Defense can deploy the battalion to help civil authorities coordinate disaster relief.


The Maryland Army National Guard’s 32nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) consists of a full-time, 22-member joint Army and Air National Guard rapid-deployment force that responds to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive events and accidents; suspected and confirmed terrorist episodes; clandestine drug, chemical or biological laboratory occurrences; and all other suspected events, incidents and accidents involving weapons of mass destruction or toxic industrial chemicals or materials.

This specialized unit is broken into six sections — command, operations, communications, administration and logistics, medical and survey — with each member receiving approximately 1,200 hours of training to gain the skills and know-how to help civilian emergency responders. Such assistance may include identifying chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents and substances; assessing current and projected consequences; advising on specific response measures; and facilitating requests for more state or federal support.


The 48th Combat Support Hospital’s core mission is to provide hospitalization and outpatient services for patients within the corps.

When ordered, the 48th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) deploys by air and sea, sets up reception, staging, onward movement and integration (RSO&I); establishes a hospital area of operations; provides care and outpatient services; and can serve as the Medical Task Force Command and Control element and conduct split-based operations.

The 48th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, active in World War II and the Korean War, was inactivated in 1953. The 48th resurfaced as a CSH in 2000, the Army’s first multicomponent hospital staffed by both active and reserve personnel.

The 48th CSH has the medical capability of a 248-bed hospital with operating rooms, emergency medical triage and treatment facilities, intensive care units, minimal care wards and neuropsychiatry services.


With a history dating to 1943, the 55th Signal Company has supported every major military offensive since World War II and has earned both the Army Superior Unit and Joint Meritorious Unit awards. Originally designated the 55th Signal Repair Company, it was ultimately redesignated the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) in 1993 as it assumed the role of the Army’s combat pictorial detachment, originally stationed with the Department of the Army’s special photographic department at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Starting in 1994, soldiers from the 55th Signal Company (COMCAM) were allowed to wear the maroon beret with a distinctive flash as the unit gained the coveted “Airborne” status.

As the Army’s only active-duty combat camera unit, the 55th rapidly deploys worldwide into military operations to capture, edit and transmit high-definition still and video imagery to support commanders’ tactical, operational and strategic objectives. At any given time, 55th COMCAM has more than one-third of its forces deployed with missions that have included Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Homeland Defense/Homeland Security initiatives.


The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing (ISRW) is a global organization employing about 4,500 airmen, reservists, DOD civilians and contractors. The wing conducts and enables cryptologic operations for the Air Force and the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. The wing is subordinate to the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and is the air component in the national cryptologic enterprise.

Six intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance groups, four of them in the U.S., are under the 70th ISRW: the 659th and 707th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Groups at Fort Meade; the 543rd at Medina Annex, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; the 544th at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; the 373rd at Misawa Air Base, Japan; and the 691st at RAF Menwith Hill, England.

The 70th ISRW’s history dates back to its initial activation as the 70th Observation Group in 1941. During the 1950s and 1960s, the 70th ISRW served under Strategic Air Command as both a strategic reconnaissance wing and a bombardment wing before inactivating in 1969. In August 2000, the 70th ISRW activated at Fort Meade as part of the Air Intelligence Agency. The 70th ISRW was part of Eighth Air Force from February 2001 until July 2006, when it realigned under the Air Intelligence Agency. In June 2007, the Air Intelligence Agency became the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, and in January 2009 the 70th Intelligence Wing became the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing.


The 308th Military Intelligence Battalion is headquartered at Fort Meade and provides strategic counterintelligence to U.S. Army installations across the continental United States. It conducts counterintelligence investigations, operations and collection to detect, exploit or neutralize foreign intelligence services and international terrorism threats to U.S. Army forces, technologies, information and infrastructure. The battalion’s subordinate company headquarters are at Fort Meade; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The 308th Military Intelligence Battalion activated in April 1952 as the 308th Communication Reconnaissance Battalion; in September 1956 it was redesignated as the 308th Army Security Agency Battalion, but in 1991 its name was changed again, to the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion, an appellation it kept until its 1995 inactivation in Panama. That same year the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Security Battalion was inactivated and redesignated the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion; it remains at Fort Meade.


The 352nd Civil Affairs Command is a U.S. Army Reserve unit with fulltime Active Guard Reserve staffing under a one-star commanding general. Subordinate units include two civil affairs brigades and seven civil affairs battalions spread over eight states. The Civil Affairs Command’s mission is to organize, train, equip, validate and prepare civil affairs forces for deployment to U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility to support U.S. Army Central, U.S. ambassadors, country teams and other agencies as directed. Civil Affairs Command units shape the operational environment that enables rapid and decisive maneuvers and enhance the transition to peace. Their unit crest motto is “Non Ense Solum,” or “Not by the Sword Alone.” Civil Affairs soldiers have supported and continue to support civil-military efforts in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Horn of Africa and other overseas theaters of operations.

The Civil Affairs Command is headquartered in the $40 million, 1,800-member Army Reserve Center at Fort Meade. Built in 2005 to be environmentally green, the center includes training facilities, an organizational maintenance shop and office space.


The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade conducts signals and geospatial intelligence, computer network, and information assurance operations to support Army, joint, combined and national decision-makers who shape future Army Intelligence abilities.

Staying true to their motto “Here and Everywhere,” the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade has subordinate battalions at Fort Meade and at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, with additional elements assigned in support of Army and joint commands, among them the U.S. Central Command, Army Special Operations Command and Army Forces Command. Additionally, the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade deploys teams and individuals to support operations around the world.

Subordinate units include the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, which provides personnel for information superiority operations within the National Security Agency and Central Security Service. The battalion furnishes linguist support to the National Security Agency, the intelligence community and other U.S. government agencies.

The 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion contributes analysis and reporting through the Army Technical Control and Analysis Element. It carries out information operations, supports the Trojan satellite communications system and has taken the lead in SIGINT training to deploying units with Foundry sites at installations that include the Joint Readiness Training Center and National Training Center.

The 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, deploys technically qualified Soldiers to support tactical command missions and provides advanced geospatial intelligence to the warfighter.

The Army Network Warfare Battalion, activated in July 2008, supports the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense by providing tactical support to Army Brigade Combat Teams in Iraq through strategic support to other services, joint commanders and interagency partners.


The tip of the Army’s spear defending the nation in cyberspace, the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade is one of the newer major subordinate commands under Fort Meade’s U.S. Army Cyber Command. Activated in 2011, the 780th is the Army’s operational cyber force and crucial to Team Cyber, comprising the National Security Agency, Joint Service Cyber Units and INSCOM mission partners in addition to the Army’s Cyber Command. The brigade also conducts full-spectrum cyberspace operations to support Army and Joint Force commanders, drawing on the legacy of intelligence units and professionals to develop doctrine, capabilities and operational protocols for waging network warfare against threats from state and nonstate actors. The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade has two subordinate battalions: the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion colocated at Fort Meade, and the 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia.


The 902nd Military Intelligence Group conducts full-spectrum counterintelligence activities on behalf of Army commanders and joint warfighters to protect forces, secrets and technologies by detecting, identifying, neutralizing and exploiting foreign intelligence services, international terrorists and insider threats.

The group provides direct and general counterintelligence support to Army activities and major commands as well as general support to other military department counterintelligence and intelligence elements, unified commands, defense agencies and national agency counterintelligence and security activities.

The 902nd Military Intelligence Group headquarters and subordinate battalion activity headquarters are located at Fort Meade, though the 902nd MI Group has company headquarters detachments and field offices in more than 50 locations worldwide. The group began as the 902nd Counterintelligence Corps Detachment in October 1944 and activated in November 1944 at Hollandia, New Guinea. The 902nd relocated to Fort Meade in 1974.


In recent years, unprecedented threats to U.S. security from insurgencies, resistance movements and others have required innovative, unconventional responses to keep the nation safe, and the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, or AWG, was activated at Fort Meade on March 8, 2006, to meet this need.

The group observes, analyzes, trains and advises Army and Joint Fort units so they can better predict, mitigate, counter and defeat an enemy who, though perhaps unequal in size or power, can still cause significant harm. AWG identifies asymmetric threats, enemy vulnerabilities and gaps in friendly capabilities through first-hand battlefield observation. The group then generates solutions by reaching back then and there for help from experts and new processes, accelerating relief for Army and Joint Forces deployed worldwide.

The unit has headquarters at Fort Meade, a liaison officer cell at the Pentagon and an Asymmetric Battle Lab at Fort A.P. Hill near Bowling Green, Virginia.


For more than 70 years the U.S. Army Field Band has been bringing audiences to their feet as the premier touring musical representative for the Army. This internationally acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year to perform nationally and abroad to support U.S. diplomatic efforts around the world. Since it formed in March 1946, the Army Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents. The organization’s four performing components — the Concert Band, Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors and The Volunteers — each travel more than 100 days annually. Tours include formal public concerts, school assemblies, educational outreach programs, festivals, and radio and television appearances.


U.S. Cyber Command, with headquarters at Fort Meade, is a subunified command under U.S. Strategic Command. USCYBERCOM was authorized in June 2009 and reached full operational capability in October 2010.

Its commander is also the director of the NSA (National Security Agency) and chief of CSS (Central Security Service), though the organizations have different critical functions. The command has three focus areas: defend DOD information networks; provide support to combatant commanders to execute their missions around the world; and strengthen U.S. ability to withstand and respond to cyberattacks.

The command collaborates with interagency and international partners to coordinate the nation’s cybersecurity while making sure joint military operations have the best support possible. The command does so in compliance with all laws, respecting the civil liberties and privacy of all U.S. individuals. Service cyber components affiliated with USCYBERCOM that maintain a presence at Fort Meade include Army Cyber Command, the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command, Air Forces Cyber and the Marine Forces Cyber Command.


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