Government and Military Relocation

No matter how many times you’ve done it, PCSing can be frustrating and emotional. Every time is different. Every time has new obstacles to maneuver around. Add a time crunch and trying to coordinate the move from across the country (or the world!)… it’s enough to fluster anyone.

Take a breath.

It’s going to be okay. Military families have a unique set of needs and we understand them. We’ll listen and present options that work within your budget .It doesn’t matter if this is your first PCS or your hundredth, we’ll help you find the house and community that will make you feel comfortable and at home.

GET TO KNOW MARYLAND

No matter where you are in Maryland, you’ll always be close to the places you want to be. Love the beach? Much of Maryland’s bay and ocean coastline is easy to get to in just an hour or two. Love the mountains? You’ll enjoy a trip to the western part of the state. What about the city? Visit Baltimore or take in the cultural wonders of Washington D.C. Philly is only a few hours away, and it’s possible to get to New York City in less than half a day. And rural, wide-open land with small towns? We’ve got that too. And no matter where you want to go, Maryland has the infrastructure to get you there, whether by car, train, light rail, or plane.

SCHOOLS

Education is an important touchpoint for many families, military and civilian alike. Maryland’s public school system is widely regarded as one of the best in the nation. Your kids will be challenged and inspired, regardless if they attend on- or off-base.

If you want to pursue your education, there are many nationally and internationally recognized universities and colleges that reside in our state including Johns Hopkins University, Hood College, and many branches of the University of Maryland.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

There are so many things to think about when buying a home. Make sure that you’ve done your research and ask yourself these questions:
• Will you use the VA Housing Loan?
• How close do you want to be to base/post?
• Do you want your children to attend DoD schools?
• How important is the proximity of mass transit to your home?
• Is this the home you will retire in?
• Do you have specific housing requirements and needs (ie. a barn on the property for a pet horse, etc.)?
• If you PCS, will you sell or rent this home?
• Do the mortgage payments meet your BAH stipend?
• Is this home an investment property?
• Is being in an area with many military families important to you?

MARYLAND BASES

Maryland has a high concentration of government and military agencies and installations. Chances are, you’ll live in a neighborhood, take your kids to school, or attend your place of worship and find yourself with many other service members and their families—people who just “get” it.

Maryland towns and cities are military friendly; we’re happy you’re here and we want you to feel right at home!

Here’s a list of military installations that can be found in our beautiful state:

Fort Meade

Located in Anne Arundel County, Fort Mead is an Army base that has grown in recent years thanks to base realignments and closings.

Nearby communities:
• Jessup
• Laurel
• Severn
• Odenton
• Glen Burnie
• Ellicott City

Schools:
• Anne Arundel County Public Schools
• 1 Child Development Center (located on base)
• 3 elementary schools located on post
• 2 middle schools located on post
• 1 high school located on post

Joint Base Andrews

Joint Base Andrews is located in Prince George’s County and is the result of a merger between Joint Base Andrews and Naval Air Facility Washington. It’s most famously known as the home of Air Force One.

Nearby communities:
• Washington D.C.
• Hyattsville
• Camp Springs
• Clinton
• Largo

Schools:
• District of Columbia Public Schools
• 1 elementary school located on base
• 3 Child Development Centers (located on base)

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Located in Harford County, Aberdeen Proving Ground is the Army’s active proving ground and sits near the Susquehanna River, Gunpowder River, Bush River, and Chesapeake Bay. Aberdeen Proving Ground is situated on two peninsulas and is broken into two sections: the Aberdeen Area and the Edgewood Area.

Nearby communities:
• Aberdeen
• Havre De Grace
• Belcamp
• Abingdon
• Edgewood
• Creswell

Schools:
• Harford County Public Schools
• 3 Child Development Centers (located on post)

Fort Detrick

Fort Detrick is the home of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Cancer Institute-Frederick, the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, and the National Interagency Biodefense Campus. It is located in Frederick County.

Nearby communities:
• Frederick
• Ballinger Creek
• Braddock Heights
• Burkittsville
• Liganore-Bartonsville
• Clover Hill

Schools:
• Frederick County Public Schools
• 2 Child Development Centers (located on post)

Coast Guard Yard

The Coast Guard Yard is the Coast Guard’s only shipbuilding and major repair facility. It is located in Baltimore and is a full-service shipyard.

Nearby communities:
• Glen Burnie
• Linthicum Heights
• Ferndale
• Halethorpe
• Catonsville
• Jacobsville

Schools:
• Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Naval Air Station Patuxent River is located in St. Mary’s County and is home to the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and the Atlantic Test Range. It is situated on the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River.

Nearby communities:
• Lexington Park
• California
• Callaway
• St. Mary’s City
• Johnstown
• Lusby

Schools:
• St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Naval Support Activity Annapolis

Located in Anne Arundel County, Naval Support Activity Annapolis provides support to the Naval Academy and the Naval Research Laboratory.

Nearby communities:
• Annapolis
• Sherwood Forest
• Arnold
• Cape St. Claire
• Skidmore
• Hillsmere Shores
• Highland Beach

Schools:
• Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Naval Support Facility Indian Head

Naval Support Facility Indian Head is located in Charles County and is a NAVSEA Warfare Center.

Nearby communities:
• Indian Head
• Potomac Heights
• Marbury
• Rison
• Pisgah
• Pomonkey

Schools:
• Charles County Public Schools
• 1 Child Development Center located on base

WELCOME

We may be the first to say it, but we know we won’t be the last: Welcome to Maryland! Please let us know how we can help make your housing search and transition easier. It’s the least we can do to thank you and your family for your selfless service to our great nation.