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Fort Detrick


Fort Detrick traces its roots to Detrick Field, the small municipal airport established at the site in the 1930s. The field was named in honor of Squadron Surgeon Major Frederick L. Detrick who served in France during World War I and died in June 1931.


As a multi-governmental community supporting an array of functions, Fort Detrick has representatives of every branch of the United States military among its nearly 7,800 military, federal and contractor employees. As an Army Medical Installation they are home to the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI-Frederick) and nearly 50 mission partners. Fort Detrick is also home to the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research and National Interagency Biodefense Campus. Supported functions include biomedical research and development, global telecommunications, the study of foreign plant pathogens and medical material management.


Fort Detrick serves the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, and The Department of Agriculture. Fort Detrick also supports the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Air Force and the Joint Chiefs of Staff through elements of its Defense Department. The United States Army Garrison (USAG) provides base operations support for Fort Detrick.

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