Fort Detrick FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 21702, Area Code: 301, DSN: 343

Fort Detrick, Maryland, is home to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, with a mission of advancing biomedical research and development, medical materiel management and telecommunications on a global scale. One hour drive from the Washington, D.C., metro area and Baltimore, Md., the base originated as a flight training field in 1931 named in honor of the late Dr. Frederick L. Detrick, a flight surgeon in one of the base's first units.

The Fort Detrick family community is served by a number of family-oriented organizations, with a Child Care Development Center and home care. The U.S. Army Health Clinic provides for health care, with additional needs met by renowned regional institutions such as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland. Children attend public schools in Frederick County.

Recreation services on base include fitness center, aerobics, golf, picnic area, skeet range, tennis, equipment issue, bowling center, jogging trail, racquetball and pool with water aerobics. The Community Activities Center contains a multipurpose room available for private parties, classes, wedding receptions and special events.