DISA Breaks Ground for Headquarters at Meade
April 17, 2008
FORT MEADE, Md. (Army News Service, April 17, 2008) -- "We have all gathered to celebrate one of the biggest moments in DISA\'s history," said the Defense Information Systems Agency Director Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr. at the ground-breaking ceremony April 16 for the agency's new headquarters at Fort George G. Meade.
The ceremony marked the start of construction for the facility mandated under the base realignment and closure, or BRAC process at Fort Meade. Officials said it also marked the beginning of what is expected to be a long and productive relationship between DISA, Fort Meade, and the surrounding Maryland communities.
In addition to Lt. Gen. Croom and Fort Meade's Installation Commander Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, the ceremony included leaders from the local area and the state of Maryland.
"This is truly a one-Maryland joint effort," said Maryland Lt. Gov Anthony G. Brown, who is also a colonel in the Army Reserve. "Sixteen years ago, as a captain in the Army Reserve, I flew out of Tipton Airfield. A lot has changed. This is so significant for Maryland."
DISA headquarters will relocate to Fort Meade by September 2011 as a result of the 2005 BRAC legislation. Nearly 4,300 DISA, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations and tenant positions will transfer to Fort Meade as part of the relocation.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is a Department of Defense combat support agency that provides real-time information technology and communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, the military services, and the combatant commands. From its current headquarters in Arlington, Va., and through worldwide field activities, DISA offers IT services and capabilities to the nationAca,!a,,cs military.