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Geographical Address

Duty Station (or best approximation)
Public Address
1400-1454 Porter St Frederick, MD 21702

Contact Info

(DSN) 312-343-2197
Phone 301-619-2197
Operating Hours
Community Support Center: Fort Detrick 1520 Freedman Drive Frederick, Maryland 21702 Mon-Friday 8:00-4:00

Location: Located in Frederick, MD, in the heart of Frederick County, the third fastest growing county in Maryland, Fort Detrick is home to U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Army Medical research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the National Cancer Institute. Fort Detrick homepage.

Cost of Living:  Frederick's cost of living is 9.90% higher than the U.S. average.

Base Operator:  301-619-8000


  • 1,815 military
  • 8,337 civilians and contractors

Area Population: 

  • Frederick City: 66,382
  • Frederick County: 241,409

Child Development Centers: Fort Detrick CDC accepts children ages six weeks to kindergarten ages. Programs include full day care, hourly care and the Academic Adventures for Pre-schoolers program. Family Child Care Program is an alternative to center-based care and accepts children ages six weeks to 12 years. Phone: 301-295-7573/7555.

Schools: None on post. Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) serve those living on Fort Detrick and eligible CYSS service users living in Frederick County. FCPS are considered the best public school systems in the state. Maryland is ranked as the #1 school system in the nation for the 3rd year in a row.

School Support Services: CYSS 301-619-3247

Youth Services: One Middle/Teen Center on post provides youth programs, including summer camp opportunities, video games, computers, a shared gym and other activities. The Middle School Program offers programs for youth 6th through 8th grade. The Teen Program offers activities for youth 9th through 12th grade. Phone: 301-619-2901.

Army Community Service: ACS  301-619-2197

Fort Detrick Community Activities Center:  The Community Activities Center is located in the center of Fort Detrick making it easily accessible to everyone on the installation.  This newly renovated venue provides outstanding amenities for meetings, conferences, parties, recreation and entertainment.  The center is equipped with state of the art audio and visual equipment. The main room can be divided into 2 separate rooms complete with individual audio/visual equipment.  Seating capacity is flexible and dependent upon set up requirements.  Dining services can accommodate groups up to 180; meeting and conference services can accommodate up to 250. An outdoor patio is available for more relaxed seating during good weather.  Mobile catering is available and will deliver to any size group on post.  CAC services include a lounge complete with television, pool table, ping pong, darts, cocktails, sandwiches and bar food.  Catering services offer extensive menu options.  Lounge & lunch service include daily specials, burgers, fries, sandwiches, chicken wings, tenders, and pizza.  Lunch prices average around $5.00 and catering events range $12.50-$25.00 per person.   Lunch/Lounge Service:  Monday through Friday 1030-1330, Thursday 1630-2100, Friday 1630-2000Catering Service:  0730-2100 Everyday except Holidays.  Call 301-619-2957 for more information.

Housing:  358 homes in seven neighborhoods managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. Three and four bedroom homes, available for all ranks. Call 240-379-6410 or visit thefamily housing office website for more information about housing in the Fort Detrick area.

Employment:   Frederick County had the 3rd highest number of new jobs created of any County in Maryland from 2000 to 2007. Some of the best-known names in American businesses are located in Frederick County. Bechtel, Farm, MedImmune, National Cancer Institute, and Fannie Mae are just a few of the many outstanding companies that have located and expanded in the County. Unemployment rate in Maryland is 7.3%.

Base Services:

  • MWR Facilities: Recreation at Fort Detrick - Frederick, MD includes arts and crafts, bowling, auto hobby, recreation center, golf driving range, gym, climbing wall, tennis, swimming, and outdoor activities.
  • Commissaries  - 1 small commissary on post; 301-619-2990
  • Exchange System -  1 small exchange and 1 shoppette on post; 301-619-2262
  • Financial Institution on post
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Medical Services:  Barquist Army Health Clinic general medical care for active duty, active duty family members, retired, retired family members; appointments 301-619-7175.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.



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